The following series of extracts from Marriage Licenses, formerly preserved in the
Registry of York, is taken from a MS. of Mr. W. Paver, which has been purchased
for the British Museum. Where the originals are, and how they got out
of their proper repository we are unable to say. A fragment only of a volume,
running from 1618 to 1620, is preserved in the York Registry. It is to be regretted
that Mr Paver has not given the day of the month as well as the year.
Paver's Marriage Licenses for the year 1567 to 1628.
The entries for 1618, and as much of the years following to 1620 as are here printed, are
abstracted from the original book, now in the custody of Mr. H. A. Hudson, the Registrar of
the Diocese, by whose kind permission they are now given. This volume is the only one
which has escaped safely from Mr. Paver's capacity. By comparing the entries for these
two years with what has been printed before, it at once becomes evident how much has been
lost. Paver only gives marriage licences, and even of these he gives but a small proportion,
certainly not a fifth. Caveats against the grant of marriage licences, licences to curacies,
to read prayers in parish churches, and to teach, and sequestrations on the vacancy of a
living, are all passed over unnoticed. There are also a few notices relating to wills. The
Archbishop at this time was Toby Matthew, who had been Bishop of Durham.
The Notes to this Paper are due to the courtesy of the Rev. C.B. Norcliffe M.A.
The Yorkshire Archaeological and Topographical Journals
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