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From: "Rosie Bevan" <>
Subject: Re: New PA Line to Jane Lowe
Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2002 08:42:53 +1200
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In England the statutes of Henry VIII, repealed in part by Edward VI and
wholly by Phillip and Mary, were revived in Elizabeth's first year, the
provision being that "no prohibition, God's law except, shall trouble or
impeach any marriage outside Levitical law". The ecclesiastical
interpretation was that consanguinity was an impediment to marriage as far
as the third degree of civil computation. A man might not marry his aunt, or
his niece, but might marry his first cousin. Relationship by the half-blood
was put on the same footing as the full-blood, and illegitimate
consanguinity was treated as equivalent to legitimate blood relationship Catholic Encyclopedia



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Subject: Re: New PA Line to Jane Lowe

> Sunday, 30 June, 2002
> Hello All,
> A question has arisen (how unusual) in connection with the current
> thread, as a result of the Sacheverell connection which brought the manor
> Denby, co. Derby back to the Lowe family.
> The marriage of Mary Lowe, daughter and heiress of Clement Lowe of
> brought that manor to her marriage with William Sacheverell of
> Stanton-by-Bridge, co. Derby (d. 1558). Their daughter Dorothy had Denby
> a moiety thereof) as her maritagium when she married Jasper Lowe, who
> happened to be first cousin of Mary Lowe, her mother. Jasper Lowe and
> Dorothy Sacheverell were the great grandparents of Jane Lowe, GARD, and
> siblings.
> This marriage, in the 2nd and 3rd degrees of consanguinity, would
> obviously have required a dispensation in normal times. However, this
> marriage occurred probably ca. 1555-1560, and most likely after the
> of Queen Elizabeth in 1558. Despite the probability that this involved a
> marriage between two Catholics, three reasons appear to make such a
> well within the range of reasonableness at this time:
> 1. Following the restoration of Protestantism in
> 1558 through the accession of Elizabeth, any
> recusant Catholic reliance in England on Papal
> controls and approvals would have been severely
> constrained.
> 2. The number of openly practicing Catholic
> families having diminished, this would have
> reduced the number of candidates available
> to members of the (Catholic) landed class.
> 3. I understand from others that such close
> (and previously dispensed or denied)
> marriages became much more frequent following
> the Reformation.
> Certainly in the 17th century, this appears to be much less of an
> especially amongst the Maryland families I have studied (first cousin
> marriages then appearing to be 'nothing unusual').
> Does anyone in the group have information which would confirm, or
> explain, this phenomenon (such as it was)? Or, has another individual
> published an article or book dealing with this subject ?
> Thanks, good luck, and good hunting.
> John *
> * John P. Ravilious

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