I was talking about irregular or clandestine marriages on Saturday & Sunday at the NZ Family History Fair and now right on cue Ancestry has released London Clandestine Marriage & Banns Registers 1667 – 1754. These marriages aren’t just confined to those who lived in London, but include couples who were seeking a private marriage away from prying, disapproving eyes. These particular records are the Registers of Clandestine Marriages and of Baptisms in the Fleet Prison, King’s Bench Prison, the Mint and the May Fair Chapel.
Ancestry has a good description about the marriages in their introduction to the record set and Archive.org has a copy of a printed transcript by John Southern Burn. The Ancestry registers aren’t transcripts but digitised images of the originals that have been indexed so are the best option to use.
I did my usual sample search and came up with the following entry which illustrates how useful the records are…..
John Ffreth & Eliz Joshley were married the 12 April 1702, the man from Cranford near Redlyon and the woman of Broughton in Kent.
So you can see how useful this dataset is.
Happy Ancestor Hunting!