Sawney Bean, famous Scottish cannibal

Copyright 2000 by Hugo S. Cunningham
First posted: y10225
Modifed: 2001/0906
latest change: 2012/0304Sn

[W. mentioned Sawney Bean at the Jul 2000 ADG get-together, and I looked him up on the Internet.]

Sawney Bean dates from the time of Scotland's King James VI (later King James I of England). Supposedly, he led his incestuous descendants in a secretive robbers' band. Over the years, they are estimated to have killed and eaten about 1000 people.
"Sawney" is a common Scots nickname, the diminutive of "Alexander."

[Postscript 2012/03: the current historical consensus is that he was a legend.]

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