Aliyah's Wedding Day

or A Medieval Wedding

MARRIAGE CONTRACT

Marriage Contract of Aliyah bat Asriel ben Gilead and Áindle ÓDiarmada On the sixth day of the week, the twenty-fourth day of the month of June in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ, one thousand two-hundred eighty-one, the era according to which we reckon here in the Canton of WealdLake that the groom, Áindle ÓDiarmada, son of Tigernach ÓDiarmada said to this bride, Aliyah bat Asriel ben Gilead:

"Be my wife according to the practice of Moses and I will cherish, honour, support, and maintain you in accordance with the custom of husbands who cherish, honour, and maintain their wives faithfully. And I here present you with the marriage gift of 200 silver pieces which belong to you, according to the law of Moses and Israel; and I will also give you your food, clothing and necessities, and live with you as husband and wife according the universal custom."

And Aliyah bat Asriel ben Gilead the bride consented and became his wife.

The trousseau that she brought to him from her father’s house in silver, gold, valuables, clothing, furniture and camels, all this Áindle, the said bridegroom, accepted in the sum of 200 silver pieces, and Áindle, the bridegroom, consented to increase this amount from his own property with the sum of 100 silver pieces making in all 300 pieces.

And thus said Áindle, the bridegroom, "the responsibility of this marriage contract, of this trousseau, and of this additional sum, I take upon myself and my heirs after me, so that they shall be paid from the best of my property and possession that I have beneath the whole heaven, that which I now possess or may hereafter acquire. All my property, real and personal, even the shirt from my back, shall be mortgaged to secure the payment of this marriage contract, of the trousseau, and the addition made to it, during my lifetime and after my death, from the present day and forever."

Áindle the bridegroom, has taken upon himself the responsibility of this marriage contract and the additions to them made according to the institution of the sages of blessed memory.

It is to be regarded as a mere forfeiture without consideration or as a mere formula of a document.

We have followed the legal formality of symbolic delivery between Áindle ÓDiarmada, the bridegroom and Baron Angus Gove MacKinnon the guardian of this bride Aliyah bat Asriel ben Gilead, and we have used a garment legally fit for this purpose to strengthen all that is stated above, and everything is valid and confirm.

Áindle ÓDiarmada       Baron Angus Gove MacKinnon