Fermanagh Gold Introduction

Marriage Banns (the intention of the couple to marry) were called out in a church on three consecutive Sundays, however it was possible to avoid this by ‘buying’ permission to marry from the church. The Bishop of the Diocese would then issue a ‘licence’ to marry to the couple.

A Bond was usually taken out in the Diocese of the Bride to be. The Groom and a relative or friend would pay the church a sum of money a ‘surety’ or guarantee that there was no just cause or impediment that the marriage should not take place.

The original Diocescan and Prerogative Court Marriage Licence Bonds were all destroyed in the Four Courts fire in 1922. The Indices and some abstracts however survive. Some of the indices do contain information such as the addresses of the people concerned whereas others just have the names of the people.

Published here with full permission of Jane Lyons