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Clandestine Marriages in the Chapel and Rules of the Fleet Prison 1680–1754 Volumes One, Two and Three
Author: Mark Herber
With an introduction by John Titford
Volume One ISBN 978 0 953238 81 1
Paperback 128 pages with 3 illustrations in black and white
Volume Two ISBN 978 0 953238 84 2
Paperback 119 pages with 6 illustrations in black and white
Volume Three ISBN 978 1 903427 03 3
Paperback 156 pages with 11 illustrations in black and white
’If one wanted to marry in secrecy, perhaps being married already, pregnant, or in a hurry when a soldier or sailor had been posted abroad, this was the place to come... What a lustre could be given to a hitherto pedestrian family tree in finding an ancestor recorded here and how many hours could be spent wondering just what secret he or she had wished to conceal.’
Family Tree Magazine
A series of transcriptions of the registers of clandestine marriages which took place in and around the Fleet Prison in London between 1680 and 1754. Mark Herber describes the fascinating history of these marriages in his introductions. Volume One introduces the two registers covering the periods November 1736 to January 1754 and November 1736 to July 1748. Volume Two introduces two new registers and a minister’s notebook, covering the years 1678 to 1679, 1707 to 1709, 1728 to 1730 and 1737 to 1740. Volume Three introduces four new registers and three notebooks, covering the years 1716 to 1719, 1726 to 1728, and 1740 to 1742 and also describes the evidence for Fleet marriages contained in settlement examinations of the poor. The registers are published with the author’s explanatory notes, page references for the original documents at the Public Record Office, and an index of places and surnames.
Mark Herber is a solicitor who specialises in fraud investigations. He is a member of the Society of Genealogists, and has been tracing his family tree since 1979. He is the author of Ancestral Trails – the complete guide to British genealogy and family history, which won the 1997 McColvin prize for an outstanding work of refence.