Mina Alcott was a widow from Kingston, Jamaica, with a reputation for loose behavior.

Personal HistoryEdit

Mina was a resident of Kingston. She was widowed relatively young, in her late twenties or early thirties.

Events of the NovelsEdit


Mrs. Alcott is delighted by Mr. Willoughby, who is seen at the governor's ball with her, flirting and at one point crawling on the floor around Mrs. Alcott's feet. Not a half hour later, she is found in the retiring room with her throat cut.


Apparently flirtatious, she had a reputation unsuitable for an unmarried widow.

Physical AppearanceEdit

She was a chubby, jolly-looking woman in her thirties with light brown hair, styled in curled ringlets.


  • Mina is a short form of Wilhelmina and other names ending in mina.
  • Alcott is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and has two possible sources:
    • A habitational name deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century (e)auld meaning old, and cot, a shelter or cottage; hence, "dweller in an old cottage".
    • A variant of Alcock, coming from a diminutive of various male personal names beginning with Al, such as Alan, Albert and Alexander, with the popular medieval suffix -cock, used here as a nickname from the bird.[1]



  1. Surname Database: Alcott. Accessed 18 April 2017.

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