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GUEST,gutcher Origins: Bonnie Susie Cleland (44) RE: Origins: Bonnie Susie Cleland 20 Sep 14

An old marriage custom in Scotland under the name of "hand fasting".

A couple would agree to live together for a year and a day, if at the end of that period either rued the bargain they separated with no stain on the character of either, with the proviso that the one who rued would be solely responsible for any children begotten of the union.
If they remained together after the stipulated period the marriage was recognized as a legal marriage.

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