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Regency Trivia – Guardianship and Marriage

Ella Quinn ~ Author

There are a couple of situations, and a lot of fact variations. I’m not going to get into all of them, but feel free to ask questions.

Most young ladies—especially if they had property—had guardians appointed by their fathers in the event of the father’s death. The young ladies would also have trustees. These were not the same people. So we’ll take that case first. I’m also assuming that she is in London for the Season. If a lady was a minor she would have to have the guardian’s permission to marry and, possibly, to receive her dowry. There was a way to avoid the permission by having the banns called. The only problem is that if the lady and her gentleman were trying to be sneaky about it, that wasn’t easily done. Someone was bound to find out and an objection could be made. In the general way of…

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