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Please can anyone help me? 

I have the following marriage records from the Ireland Diocesan Prerogative Marriage License bonds 1623-1866

  • William HOLMES and Margaret ROSS 1834
  • John HOLMES and Maria RODDY 1836
  • Richard HOLMES and Alice HOLMES 1838

William HOLMES and Margaret ROSS are my 2 x gt grandparents. From his autobiography I know that they married in Navan on 15 October 1834, and that they were both aged 20.  His parents were in Slane, and hers in England, so a prominent local identity gave them permission.

I would like to know if there are any details available e.g of parents names?  I am trying to verify that these three men are brothers. 

There is something questionable about the marriage of Richard and Alice. Richard married Alice INGELBY (a Widow) on  17 June 1836 by licence in St Peters, Liverpool, then they went to live in Slane. Both Richard and Alice had been born at Slane Castle. Was that marriage not recognised in Co Meath, and they had to marry again?

I live in Australia and can't personally  investigate, so I will be very grateful for any help.  William eventually went to Australia and on to New Zealand, Richard went to Lancashire, England, and John and Maria went to America.

Beryl Young nee Holmes


Monday 6th Feb 2023, 02:19AM

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  • These index volumes are all that survive unfortunately, so all you can tell is that these couples applied for a Marriage License bond somewhere in Meath Church of Ireland Diocese in the years in question. Some abstracts do exist, e.g. Rosemary ffolliott collections, created from these records before they were lost, but I dont think any cover Meath Diocese. Marriages for this timeframe dont generally include father's names - just the couple and witnesses.

    In addition to nearly all parishes in County Meath (one parish was in Armagh Diocese) the Established Church Diocese of Meath covered parishes in other counties - King's County (Offaly) and Westmeath, in the 1830s there were nearly 100 parishes in the Diocese.

    Unfortunately the original historic Church of Ireland records for Slane CofI parish seem to have been lost, the latest RCB Parish list mention some additional materials available for the parish, possibly a parish history or some later transcripts.

    Shane Wilson, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 6th Feb 2023, 04:44PM
  • Thankyou for your reply.  I guess I am fortunate to have an account of my 2 x gt grandfather's life in Slane, Co Meath 1816-1832. In his autobiography. He stated the actual date of their marriage.


    Beryl Young



    Tuesday 7th Feb 2023, 06:13AM

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