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NonRes.5.1 Old Kirk Engagement Class, 2 March 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/1/5/1

Scope and Contents

Summary by Geoffrey Hutton of his attendance at an engagement class held by Rev Ian Reid at the Old Kirk. This was the third class in a course for engaged couples to discuss marriage and the topic of this session was the economics of married life. The couples thought it pointless to buy a house because of the financial risk, they did not agree that renting was a waste of money. Most of the couples had already started to buy furniture on hire purchase, they all wanted new furniture not second-hand. There was some discussion on who would be responsible for the money - the wife or husband - and the decrease in personal finances they would experience when the wife stays at home. There was a mix of couples who would expect the husband's wage packet to go to the wife as was tradition and couples who thought the husband should manage the money. Rev Reid suggested that whoever was better with money should be responsible. Rev Reid also talked through the marriage ceremony and expressed his approval of the growing practice of the bride being unveiled and kissed by the bridegroom in the church. Contains some personal medical information relating to a named individual.


  • Other: 2 March 1961

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Related Materials

NonRes 4.18; NonRes 4.23


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