What is the earliest age a boy in England could get married in the 1800s?

My understanding is that, while they did introduce an element of parental involvement in approving a marriage, the Acts left the accepted minimum ages where they were in traditional canon (that is church) law. So it was possible for a girl to marry at 12 and a boy at 14.

What was the legal age of marriage in 1800 UK?

Marriage age was 14 for a male and 12 for a female providing that the consent of parents or guardians was obtained for those below the age of 21.

How old did you have to be to marry in 1800?

Both the female and the male teenager needed consent of their parents to marry because they were under 20 years old, the age of majority. In 1830, the age of consent for marriage was raised to 18 years old for males and 16 years old for females (though 18 years old was preferred for females).

What was the legal age for marriage in 1850?


Census Year Mean Age at Marriage Percent Married 25–29
Male Female
1850d 26.8 77.3
1860d 26.9 78.4
1870d 26.8 76.5

What age could you marry in 1860?

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Year Age of consent under section 375, 5th clause, IPC. Minimum age of marriage under the Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929
1860 10 years
1891 12 years
1925 14 years
1940 16 years 15 years

What was the legal age of marriage in 1700?

The minimum legal age was 12 years for women and 14 years for men.

When did marriage start UK?

The Clandestine Marriage Act of 1753, popularly known as Lord Hardwicke’s Act, marked the beginning of state involvement in marriage, says sociologist Carol Smart of the University of Manchester.

Did cousins marry in the 1800s?

Then, in the late 19th century, something changed, and people stopped marrying their cousins. It has been conventional wisdom that Europeans and North Americans married more outside their families as geographic dispersal ramped up between 1825 and 1875, with the advent of mass railroad travel.

Did Victorians kiss before marriage?

Was there any kissing going on? In the Victorian era, abstaining from any physical show of affection when in public was regarded as the only way to be, really. Kissing in front of others was deemed vulgar and unacceptable, even for those with lower standing in the community.

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