Carol McKinven

Carol McKinven

Carol’s interest in bigamy in Scotland was originally sparked by a newspaper report of a female con artist and bigamist who was operating in the Edinburgh area just before the Great War. Initially intrigued by the unusual story of a female bigamist but finding little information available, she decided to investigate, which in turn led to her Masters dissertation. She is currently researching the wider context of nineteenth-century Scottish bigamy prosecutions for her doctoral thesis with the University of St Andrews and the Institute of Scottish Historical Research. 
Carol is also a professional genealogist, based near Edinburgh, helping clients to delve into their Scottish family history and the rich resources available within the archives in Edinburgh and other towns. From an interest in Scottish and English genealogy which started more than twenty years ago, Carol gradually branched out to helping others follow their families’ footsteps across Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, Estonia and further afield.

Criminal connections: bigamy in nineteenth century Scotland


Bigamy prosecutions in Scotland were rare before the nineteenth century, for all that historical Scottish marriage arrangements have been described as ‘notorious and rather loosely woven’ due to the continued legal validity of clandestine marriage. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, however, up to 150 bigamy cases a year came before the courts. This […]

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