Husbands of Birmingham – nul points (1791)

Ah, Birmingham. In the eighteenth century, the city seems to have yielded a fair crop of men unable to behave in a gentlemanlike manner. It is by no means rare to come across 'Runaway Husband' advertisements in contemporary newspapers, usually in the form of a plea from the local parish authorities who have suddenly found... Continue Reading →

Husband Wanted, Military Man Preferred

Possibly my favourite possession in the world is my little collection of eighteenth-century newspaper scraps, apparently compiled by a Georgian gent with a particular interest in matrimonial adverts (fascinating) and buying horses (not so fascinating). Frustratingly I have no idea who he was, although his few helpful scribblings suggest that he was busying himself with... Continue Reading →

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