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Ask Kate: Can I Marry My First Cousin In Scotland?

August 6, 2013

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.


Is it legal in Scotland to marry your first cousin?


Despite a huge list of degrees of forbidden relationships, you can marry a cousin (courtesy of Henry VIII who changed the law to marry his cousin!) However, it would be sensible for you both to consult your GP to ensure that there are no factors in your family’s health records that would make your decision to have children inadvisable on medical grounds.

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