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We are delighted to announce that our President’s Talk series returns each Thursday evening in November 2022. This year the talks will features an array of speakers from historical and legal fields who will explore the shared history and contested narratives tied to the Society and the developing Belfast of that time.

The final talk of the series will be delivered by Sir Ronnie Weatherup and guest on the ‘Marquis’s & Marriage: A Legal Case Study of the Donegall Family’ and ‘I do and I don’t – The Yelverton case’.

What made a valid marriage in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? What of a clandestine marriage to a wealthy spouse? What of mixed religious marriages?

“The Marriage of the Marquis” is a tale of the validity of marriage and inheritance in a family resident in Belfast.

“I do and I don’t” is another tale of the validity of marriage and perhaps of a bounder.

Speaker and host Sir Ronnie Weatherup was appointed President of Belfast Charitable Society in 2018. He is a law graduate of Queens University Belfast and a barrister who was appointed a judge of the High Court in 2001, a judge of the Court of Appeal in 2015 and retired in 2017.


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