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Devon Marriage License Allegations

The LDS have microfilmed a collection of original and transcribed Devon Marriage License Allegations held at the Devon Record Office - as listed below with their LDS British Film Nos. Marriage Licenses enabled couples to marry without the inconvenience of having marriage banns repeated for three weeks at the couple's parish church(es). To obtain such a license one of the parties, normally the groom, had to make a formal statement, called an Allegation, including an oath that there was no impediment to the marriage. If either party was under age the application had to be accompanied by the consent of his or her parent.

Pre 1837 marriage licences were issued by authority of:
  • - The Archbishop of Canterbury. His faculty office and Vicar's General's office were both in London and could license a marriage in any parish in England and Wales.
  • - A Bishop, or one of his archdeacons or surrogates, who could license a marriage within his own diocese. (In Devon this would be the Diocese of the Bishop of Exeter.)
  • - The clergy of a "peculiar" parish, such as Uffculme or Woodbury in Devon, who could license a marriage for their parish.
The existence of a License Allegation does not guarantee that the marriage actually took place at the named parish church, or indeed at all. Nevertheless, they are a valuable information source.
Marriage licenses, 1523-1762 Film Nos.
Church of England. Diocese of Exeter  
Selected extra marriage licences 1680-1840 916997/1
Licences with index 1523-1631 916997/2
Licences with index 1631-1668 916997/3
Index to licences 1668-1704 916998/1
Licences 1668-1687 916998/2
Licences 1687-1704 916999
Index to licences 1704-1734 917000/1
Licences 1704-1723 917000/2
Licences 1724-1734 917259/1
Index to licences 1734-1762 917259/2
Licences 1734-1748 917260/1
Licenses 1748-1762 917260/2
The Marriage Licenses of the Diocese of Exeter, from the Bishop's Registers  
[1523-1631] 164698
Edited by Lieut.-Col. J. L. Vivian.  
Exeter: W. Pollard, 1887. 120 p.  
Devon marriage licenses, 1734-1837  
Transcribed by C.A.T. Fursdon  
Transcript of marriage licences, 1734-1747, 1736-1780 917520
Transcript of marriage licences, 1746-1762, 1778-1788, 1782-1794, 1793-1799 917521
Transcript of marriage licences, 1800-1816, 1805-1811 917522/1-2
Index to transcript of marriage licences, 1812-1837 917523/1
Transcript of marriage licencess, 1812-1837 917522/3-5
Marriages allegations, Devon and Cornwall, 1640, 1660-1734  
Transcribed by C.A.T. Fursdon, 1931-1938  
vol. 1. 1640 (1 entry), 1660-1697 916994
vol. 2. 1700-1710 916994
vol. 3. 1711-1719 916994
vol. 4. 1720-1725 916995
vol. 5. 1726 916995
vol. 6. 1727-1734 916995
Indexes 916996