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that they lived in Scotland Twentyone Days preceding such Marriage, conclusive as to its Validity.
forging such Entry or Signature liable to Transportation.
Persons making false Statements liable to
Sheriff or Sheriff Substitute shall certify the same under his Hand,
III. If any Person other than the Registrar shall make such Entry 15 in the Register, or shall wilfully forge or fabricate such Entry therein, or the Handwriting of such Sheriff or Sheriff Substitute to any Warrant or Certificate touching such Marriage or touching such Entry, such Person shall be deemed guilty of Forgery, and being duly convicted thereof, shall be transported for Life or for such Term 20 of Years as to the Court which shall try the same shall appear fit.
IV. Every Person who shall knowingly and wilfully make or cause to be made any false Statement for the Purpose of obtaining any such Certificate or Warrant as aforesaid from the Sheriff or Sheriff Substitute, Transporta- shall be deemed guilty of an Offence, and on Conviction shall be 25 prisonment. punishable by Transportation for a Period not exceeding Seven Years, or by Imprisonment for a Period not exceeding Two Years.
tion or Im
[AS AMENDED IN COMMITTEE]
An Act for amending
the Law of Marriage in Scotland.
[Note.-Clause A. was added in Committee.]
HEREAS it is expedient to amend the Law touching Preamble. Marriages in Scotland: Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons,
5 in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows:
I. After the Thirty-first Day of December One thousand eight Declaring hundred and fifty-six no irregular Marriage contracted in Scotland under what by Declaration, Acknowledgment, or Ceremony shall be valid, unless stances Mar10 One of the Parties had at the Date thereof his or her most usual riages solemPlace of Residence there, or had lived in Scotland for Twenty-one Scotland Days next preceding such Marriage; any Law, Custom, or Usage shall be to the contrary notwithstanding.
II. If any Persons who shall have contracted an irregular Marriage Certificated 15 in Scotland after the Day and Year aforesaid shall within Three Copy of Entry by Months thereafter present a joint Application for a Warrant to register Sheriff such Marriage to the Sheriff or Sheriff Substitute of the County Parties were where such Marriage was contracted, and shall prove to his Satis- married, and
faction that they have been married to one another, and that One of
III. It shall not be lawful, after the Date aforesaid, to convict any Parties of having irregularly contracted Marriage unless there shall be adduced to the Justice or Justices of the Peace, Magistrate or Magistrates, before whom the Complaint against such Parties has been brought, sufficient Proof other than the Acknowledgment of such 20 Parties that One of them had at the Date thereof his or her most usual Residence in Scotland, or had lived in Scotland for Twenty-one Days next preceding such Marriage; nor shall it be lawful for any Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Scotland to register any Marriage under the Provisions of the said recited Act on the Production 25 of an Extract of a Conviction for having irregularly contracted Marriage, unless such Conviction shall bear that such sufficient Proof as aforesaid was so adduced.