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In the British Isles, it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only on leap years. While it has been claimed that the tradition was initiated by Saint Patrick or Brigid of Kildare in 5th century Ireland, this is dubious, as the tradition has not been attested before the 19th century Supposedly, a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland  (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a  marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation ranged from a  kiss to £1 to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow. In some places the tradition was tightened to restricting female  proposals to the modern leap year day, February 29, or to the medieval  (bissextile) leap year day, February 24.

In the British Isles, it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only on leap years. While it has been claimed that the tradition was initiated by Saint Patrick or Brigid of Kildare in 5th century Ireland, this is dubious, as the tradition has not been attested before the 19th century Supposedly, a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation ranged from a kiss to £1 to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow. In some places the tradition was tightened to restricting female proposals to the modern leap year day, February 29, or to the medieval (bissextile) leap year day, February 24.

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