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Subject: Re: OT When did it become legal to marry one's sister-in-law?
Date: 3 Feb 2006 06:23:32 -0800
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> I have no idea what the actual legal reason was for this, but two of my
> ancestors who were first cousins married in 1811 in Port Patrick,
> Scotland, because of some legal problem in their home, Tipperary,
> Ireland (Hugh Massey Barrett and Caroline Butler).
> Best, Bronwen
That may have been to do with the Catholic church. I know a couple who
are first cousins and also catholics; when they married (some 35 years
ago) they had to (or chose to) get a dispensation from Rome! It was
nothing to do with the law of the land.