Replaced the index to marriage bonds 1700-1709 with full details, so those 1,232 records are now instantly available, and we added 2 bonds we had missed the first time around. Astute readers may notice that our last update went to the end of 1698; unfortunately, the bundle of bonds for the year 1699 is missing from the collection at Durham University and is presumed lost forever. Also missing are bonds from 13 Jan – 25 Mar 1700, and we forgot to mention last time that bonds from 26 Mar – 31 Dec 1698 are missing from the 1698 collection.
Marriage bonds often provide ages, occupations, and place of residence for the bride and groom during a period when marriage registers did not provide that information. Please read the Marriage Bonds section of the Transcription Samples page for a description of what information is found in bonds, allegations, and associated documents, and how we present that information. For example:
- 12 Jan 1700 William Galbraith (merchant), of Wooler, Northumberland obtained a licence to marry Margaret Walker
Surety: John Stuart, clerk, of Ovingham, Northumberland
[Note: married 31 Jan at Wooler.]
- 4 Feb 1704 Thomas Lupton (pewterer), of Gateshead obtained a licence to marry Elizabeth Coulson, of Wolsingham
Surety: John Snaith, pewterer, of Durham City
[Note: married 10 Feb at Wolsingham.]
- 19 Nov 1709 Bartholemew Kent (brewer), of All Saints, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne obtained a licence to marry Jane Trumble (widow), of All Saints
Surety: Bartholemew Kent, brewer
[Note: married 5 Dec at All Saints.]
Marriage bonds cover the entire Diocese of Durham i.e. Durham, Northumberland, North Yorkshire. There are a few licences in our collection that were issued by the Diocese of York. Because bonds cover the whole diocese, there is no way to limit your search of bonds to a single district. If you select a district from the District menu, your selection will be ignored when the marriage bonds database is searched.