Discover your English ancestors today by exploring 33,725 marriage records across 67 parishes in the historic county of Middlesex. The records include both Quaker and Anglican marriages. Learn more about your family history by searching the records by spouse name or birth year and reveal your ancestor’s marriage record.
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The Middlesex Marriage Index contains over 30,000 marriage records across the historic county. To find a full list of the parishes included read the Middlesex Marriage Index Parish List available in Useful Links and Resources.
The historic county Middlesex rests in southeast England. The county name originates from the 5th century when the Saxons colonised the region and gave it the name Middle Saxon. It is naturally bordered by the rivers Colne to the west, Thames to the south and Lea to the east, then by a ridge of hills to the north known as Grim’s Ditch.
It included parts of London, Surrey and Hertfordshire. The county was largely agricultural, producing grain, hay and building materials. It became increasingly urbanised by the growing suburbs of London. In 1887 the county’s population was only second to Lancashire. Much of its population was concentrated in the London area.
16th May is known as Middlesex Day to mark the valiant achievements of the 57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Foot during the Peninsular War. In 1811 at the Battle of Albuhera the 57th Regiment, fighting as part of the British forces under the Duke of Wellington, stopped the advancement of the French force into Portugal. The men fought ferociously against Napoleon’s army and showed great examples of courage and chivalry. During the height of the battle the commanding officer, Colonel Inglis, was heard calling out, “Die hard, 57th, die hard.’ The Middlesex Regiment is still known as the ‘Diehards’ today.
In the records we can find the marriage of James Maxse to Lady Caroline Berkeley on 24 December 1829 at Cranfield. Lady Caroline was the daughter of Frederick Augustus Berkeley, the 5th Earl of Berkeley. The family became a well-established merchant-family and the couple were often seen at large dinners and soirees. Life for aristocrats during the Victorian era was ubiquitous with grandeur and decadence. The lives and fashion of nobility were often reported by newspapers.
In the Findmypast newspaper collection we can follow the social life of the couple. On 20 September 1842 the Morning Post reported, ‘‘The Earl and Countess of Chesterfield, Colonel and Mrs. Anson, Lord Forester, the Hon. C. Forester, Mr. and Lady Caroline Maxse, and other fashionables, are expected to embark for the Netherlands about the middle of October, on a continental tour for four months.’ Five years later we can read in the Morning Post that the couple were entertained by the Earl of Cardigan. ‘The Earl of Cardigan entertained at dinner on Saturday evening, at his mansion in Portman-square, the Marquis and Marchioness of Worcester, Lord and Lady Poltimore, Mr. and Lady Rose Lovell, Mr. and Lady Caroline Maxse, Lady Mary Berkeley.’ Many more are listed as having attended the evening. Explore the Findmypast newspaper collection and discover reports of your ancestors today.