In earlier times Justices of the Peace witnessed parents signing their consent for their daughter’s marriage if she was under 21 years of age. A Justice recalled on one of these occasions when, the documentation almost complete, the bride-to-be told her parents not to go through with it. It was not that she had second thoughts about her choice of husband but, when she saw the date on the document, she was reminded it was the 13th. She insisted the signing be postponed to “any day except the unlucky 13th so that my marriage can get off to a better start!” Another date was arranged.
Researched and composed by Ric Carlyon