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Irish Population in the Pre-Famine Period: Evidence from County Antrim

V. Morgan and W. Macafee
The Economic History Review
Vol. 37, No. 2 (May, 1984), pp. 182-196
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Economic History Society
DOI: 10.2307/2596880
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2596880
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Irish Population in the Pre-Famine Period: Evidence from County Antrim
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Abstract

A detailed analysis of data from the 1851 Census of Ireland Enumerators' returns suggests that very early marriage was not common in County Antrim during the first half of the nineteenth century. A computer-assisted examination of over 7,500 individual marriage partners indicates that the average age of first marriage for men was approximately 26 and for women 24. The proportions of the population never married is also examined and clear differences between the marriage rates for men and women of various age groups become apparent. Links between economic status and age at marriage are also investigated and the data suggest that male farmers married considerably later than other occupational groups.

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