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Hannah Lightfoot (October 12, 1730 – before December 1759) is sometimes erroneously named as a first wife of George III of the United Kingdom. October 12 is the 285th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (286th in leap years). ... Events Pope Clement XII elected September 17 - Change of emperor of the Ottoman Empire from Ahmed III (1703-1730) to Mahmud I (1730-1754) Anna Ivanova (Anna I of Russia) became czarina Births April 16 - Henry Clinton, British general (d. ... 1759 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... George III (George William Frederick) (4 June 1738 – 29 January 1820) was King of Great Britain and King of Ireland from 25 October 1760 until 1 January 1801, and thereafter United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until his death. ...


Hannah Lightfoot was born in London, the daughter of Matthew Lightfoot* (d. 1733), a shoemaker, and his wife Mary Wheeler (d. 1760). She was a Quaker and married Isaac Axelford on 11 December 1753. Her husband Isaac Axford remarried, as her widower, in December 1759, implying she must have died before December 1759. London (pronounced ) is the capital city of the United Kingdom and the largest city of England (strangely, England has no constitutional existence within the United Kingdom, and therefore cannot be said to have a capital). ... Events February 12 - British colonist James Oglethorpe founds Savannah, Georgia. ... 1760 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... The Religious Society of Friends (commonly known as Quakers) began in England in the 17th century by people who were dissatisfied with the existing denominations and sects of Christianity. ... December 11 is the 345th day (346th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1753 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


Allegations

In an 1866 trial regarding the dubious claims of Princess Olive and her daughter Princess Lavinia, it was alleged that George III married Hannah Lightfoot on April 17, 1759, prior to George III's marriage to Charlotte in 1761, leaving the latter marriage invalid. Lightfoot's purported marriage, contracted before passing of the Royal Marriages Act in 1772, would have made the alleged progeny of that marriage the rightful heirs of the throne of England. However, the marriage certificate produced by Princess Olive's daughter Lavinia at trial proved to be a forgery (it, with other forged documents entered into evidence are now in the Royal Archives in Windsor Castle). Such a marriage, had it occurred, would in any case have been bigamous, as Lightfoot was already married to Isaac Axford. Further, there could have been no progeny of that marriage, as Lightfoot was dead within months of the purported date of April 1759 since her husband remarried in December 1759. 1866 (MDCCCLXVI) is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Princess Olive (about 1772 - 1834), was an eccentric pretender to the Royal Blood of England. ... April 17 is the 107th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (108th in leap years). ... 1759 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 made it illegal for any member of the British royal family (defined as all descendants of King George II, excluding descendants of princesses who marry foreigners) under the age of 25 to marry without the consent of the ruling monarch. ... Windsor Castle: The Round Tower or keep dominating the castle, as seen from the River Thames. ...


It is sometimes still asserted that George III's marriage in 1761 to Charlotte was "bigamous", and that descendants of that marriage should not, on that basis, assume the throne. This assertion is nonsensical: There was no marriage of George III to Hannah Lightfoot: and if there had been, Lightfoot was dead by the time of George III's marriage to Charlotte, leaving him free to marry.


It is sometimes still asserted that there were progeny of the "marriage" of Lightfoot to George III who "by right" should occupy the throne: there was, however, no such marriage, and there were no such progeny.


References

  • The Great Pretenders: The True Stories behind Famous Historical Mysteries, Jan Bondeson, W.W. Norton & Co, New York, 2004. [ISBN 0-393-01969-1]
  • Mystery royal burial site found
  • Carmarthenshire-FHS-L Archives, 3-May-2001

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The Dispatch - Serving the Lexington, NC - News (357 words)
Hannah Lightfoot (October 12 1730 – before December 1759) is sometimes erroneously named as a first wife of George III of the United Kingdom.
Hannah Lightfoot was born in London, the daughter of Matthew Lightfoot (d.
Lightfoot's purported marriage, contracted before passing of the Royal Marriages Act in 1772, would have made the alleged progeny of that marriage the rightful heirs of the throne of England.
Hannah Lightfoot (350 words)
Hannah Lightfoot was born in London, the daughter of Matthew Lightfoot (d.
In an 1866 trial regarding the dubious claims of Princess Olive and her daughter Princess Lavinia, it was alleged that George III married Hannah Lightfoot on April 17, 1759, prior to George III's marriage to Charlotte in 1761, leaving the latter marriage invalid.
Lightfoot's purported marriage, contracted before passing of the Royal Marriages Act in 1772, would have made the alleged progeny of that marriage the rightful heirs of the throne of England.
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