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From: "Chris Dickinson" <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] Simon Hadleys I & II MM Notes Ireland
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2001 02:24:01 +0100
>"You re certainly right about how counter-intuitive it is that
>a relationship and marriage between a young Irish Lad
>and a Quaker Lass could have taken place under the
>circumstances that existed in the late 1600s.
>That's what makes this particular research so interesting
>for me. I believe that it was less than fifty years before
>the relationship that the following law was issued ..
>" Any Englishman 0f the birth of Ireland taking an
>Irish girl for his wife or mistress to be
>( By statue 40 Ed. #) half strangled,disemboweled
>while yet alive, an to undergo other horrors
The 40 Ed means the fortieth year of the reign of King Edward.
The only Edward that could be is Edward III (1327-77). Three
hundred, not fifty years, earlier.
The reference is actually to the Statutes of Kilkenny (1366).
These were an attempt to prevent the further loss of English
controlled territory as English families went native and opposed
control from London.
The statutes were repealed in 1613 - so are not in any way
relevant to a Quaker marriage.
Such a simple historical error must cast doubt on the scholarship
of the rest of the quoted source.