Scottish marriage and dating customs
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To marry for love without land or chattels could assure nothing but a life of penury. Not all young people, however, had marriages arranged for them.Some were from poor families who had nothing to negotiate and hence would either not marry or marry whom they pleased.
One reason was consanguinity, if the two were too closely related.
In the Medieval Times, however, marriage was quite different.
Women didn't have a choice as to who they would marry.
After the marriage was arranged a wedding notice was posted on the door of the church.
The notice was put up to ensure that there were no grounds for prohibiting the marriage.
Girls were as young as 12 when they married, and boys as young as 17.
The arrangement of the marriage was based on monetary worth.
Most of the time they didn't even know the man before they were married.
Marriage was different in other ways back then too.
The arrangement of marriage was done by the children's parents.
In the Middle Ages children were married at a young age.
We also carry on some of the same traditions in today's society.