Skip to main content

Timeline :: Age of Marriage Act

Silhouette for no photo

Until 1929, Scots law allowed a girl to marry at 12 years and a boy at 14 years, following Roman law, without any requirement for parental consent, though it is suggested that few children did marry. The Age of Marriage Act raised this to 16 in Scotland, England and Wales but not Northern Ireland. The subsequent Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977 still has no requirement for parental consent.

Source: nrscotland.gov.uk