Hiding in the Chancery Cupboard. The Trials & Tribulations of an Eighteenth Century Wife.


“Chancery Records had always seemed a daunting prospect but the discovery of a Swalwell hiding there meant I could resist no longer.

This talk will focus on that woman, Elizabeth (b1677-d1740), to reveal just what treasure and delights lay in Chancery awaiting discovery. The records reveal a vivid picture of Elizabeth but also of the community in which she lived

Finally the chronicles of the Chancery Records reveal the diminishing status of her three marriages from landed gentry to bankrupt sailor and as such they well illustrate the trials & tribulations of the life of an eighteenth century wife.”

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