Dorothy Poppleton.
30th June 1714
Reference Numbert17140630-27
VerdictNot Guilty

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Dorothy Poppleton alias Douglas, (spelt in French, Jougla) alias Drake, alias Malard , was indicted for marrying , and having two husbands living at the same Time , Peter Douglas alias Jougla her First, and the Reverend Michael Malard her Second Husband. Upon her Trial she owned her last Husband, but deny'd her first. The Evidence against her was, That about 18 Years past she lived with and owned the said Peter Douglas alias Jougla, to be her Husband for about 6 or 7 Years, and he her as his Wife, and that they had several Children, and that her said first Husband was still living, and but lately gone beyond the Sea. Yet, for that the Evidence did not come up to prove that she knew he was alive, or convers'd with him for 7 Years last past, the Court was of opinion that she was not guilty of Felony within the Statute, tho' that did not amount to make her Second Marriage good, but that the same was void, and that the Reverend Michael Malard was at Liberty to marry when and whom he pleases; and so the Jury acquitted her/

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