Two marriage sources for same people

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I have just added a parent to the profile of William Grub (Grub-13) and have found two separate marriage dates in two separate but close locations for his parents. The locations are Crail, Fife, Scotland and Kingsbarns, Fife, Scotland. The parents are George Grub from Crail, Fife (Not put into wikitree yet) and Margaret Hog from Kingsbarn, Fife.

I am thinking they got married in each location so each family could see the wedding. Is this something that did happen or might there be another reason for two marriages. Any help appreciated
WikiTree profile: Margaret Grub
in Genealogy Help by Living Kellett G2G1 (1.8k points)
edited by Keith Hathaway

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Banns needed to be published in both parishes, this should happen on three successive Sundays but apparently in Scotland all three were sometimes read on the same day,. This is when the intention to marry is proclaimed and anyone who had a valid reason for it not taking place could object.

 Banns and marriages are often indexed as a marriage. Occasionally , the actual marriage didn't take place. ( I found one where banns were called one year with no marriage and then called again in a different parish a year later followed by a marriage.

You can find the original images on Scotland's people link as above (they do charge)

by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (390k points)
selected by Andrew Hunter
This is probably the best answer as the Scottish Church Records are for the three "B's"  Baptisms, Banns and Burials. Banns were called in the parish of residence so you will read X in this parish and Y in that parish or X and Y both in this parish. Also they were normally called on three successive Sundays so the last is nearest to the marriage but not usually the marriage date, The system allowed for this to be expidited so if things were urgent the parties could pay a higher fee for the calling of banns only once! This helped the Poor's Fund of the parish!
Thank you so much for that explanation. That explains something that was puzzling me.

For example In a Scottish marriage I have in my tree, there is a date in his parish and then 2 days later a date in *her* parish. 2 days seems a little strange a gap, but it would make sense to have the bans called in both places.
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What I've seen rather often is that the first date is when they announced/published their intention to marry and the second date was the actual marriage date. Hope that helps : )
by Jayme Arrington G2G6 Pilot (155k points)
In the US it's often one date/place is where they obtained the Marriage License and the second is when the preacher returns where exactly and when they were married.  I my case I had to get the license in the county I lived in and we were married in the church I attended one county over.
Thank you that makes a bit of sense now. I have come across one  of her child that has done the same thing so will add the marriage details with the second date on that marriage.

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