A marriage bond from 1767 featuring my 7 x great grandparents Daniel Cottrell and Mary Troutbeck, licensed victualers in Newington, Surrey.
The bond, sworn by two witnesses, one of whom was usually the groom, pledged to forfeit a large sum of money, in this case £200, if there was any consanguinity between the parties or any pre-contract to another person.
The need for a bond varied and was usually based on a couple requiring a quick marriage. Pregnancy was an obvious reason. However, it would appear that Daniel and Mary’ first daughter, Alice Joyce, was conceived on the honeymoon because she was born exactly nine months later.