Don't know about Bidding Books, but in my search for more information re the
Devonald family, last year I approached my Records Agent at the National
Library.....and received the reply that The Department of Pictures and Maps
do hold numerous Bidding Letters which are not indexed, which I think is a
great pity. She checked a few, but found no Devonalds for me.
You probably have heard about "bundling" and courting being done in
bed.....cold winter nights I guess....hence all the "naturals", and that it
was said a farmer did not marry his girl until it was proved she could give
him a son.
Bettye Kirkwood, NSW.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joe Stephens" <stephens(a)speed.net.au>
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2000 2:16 PM
Subject: [DYFED] MARRIAGE CUSTOMS - BIDDING BOOKS ?
I once was told that it was the custom at weddings in some parts of Wales
for 'Bidding Books' (?) to be kept in which were entered the gifts given to
the happy couple.
I would appreciate comment on this custom and its origin, social
significance or whatever.
I would also like to learn of any other marriage or pre-marriage customs
practiced in Wales in by-gone days.
From wet and wintery Tasmania
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