Age of Majority

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I am trying to source an individual from the earlier 1500's and found a source mentioning the individual was a 'ward' but at what age to they reach a majority trying to fix a more accurate date of birth
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asked ago in Genealogy Help by Heather Jenkinson G2G6 Mach 1 (13.8k points)
16th century England would be 21.
I am finding that ultra weird, He can marry at 14, consummate at 16 but can not leave the guardianship until he is 21,

Suppose it is only like being able to marry at 16 now but unable to see an '18' certificated film

That's like being able to be married, able to drive a motor vehicle, able to go to war and die for your country; but unable to legally drink alcohol.  I'd rather let 'em see the movie than drink (and possibly drive or die from alcohol poisoning).

Law is so weird isn't it!

Oh, yeah!  smiley

2 Answers

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The age of Majority,or adulthood is regulated by the state,county or

Country they live in.
answered ago by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (775k points)
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In Tudor England for wardship in particular, age 21 for a boy and 14 for a girl ..

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/land-inheritance-court-of-wards-liveries-1540-1645/

more generally the age of majority was age 21 for a boy, and for a girl it was age 18 or marriage.

answered ago by Steve Hunt G2G6 (6k points)
wow how weird so the Guy could get married at 14 - consummated at 16 but not inherit or leave the guardianship until he was 21

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