Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: A May/December romance?


The stone reads:

BENEATH THIS TOMB
ARE DEPOSITED
THE MORTAL REMAINS OF
THOMAS WILLSON
OF UPPER BAGGOT
WHO DIED 24TH SEPT 1843
AGED 80 YEARS

BENEATH THIS TOMB
ARE ALSO DEPOSITED
THE MORTAL REMAINS OF
MARYANNE
RELICT OF THE LATE
THOMAS WILLSON
WHO DIED 30TH NOVEMBER 1858
AGED 70 YEARS

Thomas Willson's 'Relict' (i.e. widow), Maryanne, was twenty five years younger than her husband, and while such an age difference may seem slightly unsavoury to some, it was by no means unusual in the period.

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©Copyright J. Geraghty-Gorman 2011.
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