A history of working-class marriage, 1855-1976

Funding details:

Arts and Humanities Research Council, Ref AH/J002542/1

Research team:

Professor Eleanor Gordon, Dr Annemarie Hughes, Dr Rosemary Elliot, Dr Jeff Meek


September 2012 – August 2016

Type of project:



working-class, marriage, traditional family, partner, relationships, breakdown.

Project description:

This project will explore the history of working-class courtship, marriage and marriage breakdown in Scotland in the period from the civil registration of marriages in 1855 to the introduction of no-fault divorce legislation in 1976. The project aims to establish the structure and form of the working-class family over time; to identify the basis of selection of choice of marriage partner; to examine the nature of the relationship between husbands and wives and to establish the pattern, causes and consequences of marriage breakdown.

Please see the project webpage at:

http://workingclassmarriage.gla.ac.uk/ and follow the project on Twitter @WCMScotland


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