Reader Jack McLachlan found this curious entry among the marriage notices in the Scots Magazine of January 1790:
At Newburn, near Newcastle, Mr William Dormand, to Miss Hannah Hoy, of that place. The ceremony was attended by the father, mother, brother, sister, aunt, nephew, two husbands, and two wives, and yet there were only four persons present at the marriage.
No explanation is given. How is such an arrangement possible?