Elizabeth Feran

Birth Name Elizabeth Feran
Gender female
Age at Death unknown


Elizabeth (Feran) Brennan was almost certainly the "vestry woman" who was a witness to the marriage that became known as the Yelverton Marriage Case.

Charles Yelverton, a Protestant aristocrat from Cork and Maria Theresa Longworth, a Catholic from England, were married at old Killowen Chapel on 15 August 1857 by the local priest Bernard Mooney. They requested that their be no witnesses and apparently there weren't any. In 1858 Charles married again in Edinburgh, Scotland. When Maria went to court to establish her rights as Charles' wife she produced a certificate of marriage from the priest naming Elizabeth Brennan and Richard Sloan as witnesses.

The court in Dublin ruled in favor of Maria but on appeal Charles eventually won in the House of Lords. One issue involved was that at the time a marriage of a Protestant and a Catholic by a Catholic priest was not considered valid. The Yelverton case eventually led to the 1870 Matrimonial Causes and Marriage Law (Ireland) Amendment Act, 1870, which made such a marriage lawful.

In 2020, a local historian from Killowen knew that this Brennan family were church caretakers at the time, which led to identifying this Elizabeth Brennan as the "vestry lady." Information was also provided by a descendant of Elizabeth.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Residence 1863 Ballincurry Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   1a
Residence from 1863 to 1875 Ballincurry Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   2a
Event Note

Griffith's Valuation of Kilkeel, dated 12 Oct 1863
Parcels 6A, 6B, Ballincurry
Elizabeth Brennan

Valuation Revision Books
Parcels 6A, 6B, Ballincurry
1865 - 1883 Elizabeth Brennan
[but the transfer of land on the books often ran behind the person's actual death.]

See note at her death.

Event Note

This may be her:
Civil Reg. Deaths, Kilkeel.
Elizabeth Brennan
d 2nd qtr 1875, Vol 6, page 513

image not on line, as of October 2019


Family of Peter Brennan and Elizabeth Feran

Married Husband Peter Brennan ( b. d. before October 12, 1863 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage     Y  
Name Birth Date Death Date
Mary Brennanabout September 16, 1838February 14, 1882
Arthur Brennanabout April 7, 1840
Bridget Brennanabout March 22, 1842May 23, 1923
Elizabeth Brennanabout May 4, 1846
Catherine Brennanabout May 9, 1847May 17, 1912

Source References

  1. Griffith's Valuation of Ireland
      • Page: Parcels 6A, 6B, in Ballincurry
  2. Valuation Revision Books
      • Page: Parcels 6A, 6B, Ballincurry