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Poor relief in Scotland an outline of the growth and administration of the poor laws in Scotland, from the middle ages to the present day by Alexander A. Cormack

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Published by D. Wyllie & Son in Aberdeen .
Written in English



  • Scotland.


  • Poor laws -- Scotland.,
  • Public welfare -- Scotland.

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Edition Notes

Statementby Alexander A. Cormack.
LC ClassificationsHV249.S8 C6
The Physical Object
Paginationxi, 215 p.
Number of Pages215
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL6668601M
LC Control Number24021290

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  As the Royal Commission on the Poor Laws noted in , the Poor Law Amendment Act of and the Poor Law (Scotland) Act of sprang from rather different motives. Whereas the first Act aimed to restrict the provision of poor relief, the second was designed to enhance ://   Scotland's 19th century system of poor relief, like England's, had a major discontinuity, the passing from the 'Old' Poor Law and the hesitant start of the 'New' in The New Poor Law in the first place put pressure on parishes and towns to be more generous with ://   Scottish Poorhouses Poorhouses or almshouses have existed in Scotland since medieval times, principally in burghs. Between and over 70 poorhouses were constructed in Scotland, many serving a number of parishes (called 'poor law unions' or 'combinations'). The care of the poor has been a concern to government, community, and religious leaders since the beginning of time. In Scotland, though the government passed an act addressing the relief of the poor as early as , it was the church and community leaders who cared for the poor within their parish or community. Further government legislation was passed at times to provide more direction, but ,_Poor_Law,_Etc.

  2. The birth of Poor Law Unions in After parishes were grouped into Poor Law Unions (new local government units) and these unions reported to the newly created Poor Law Commission, later the Poor Law Board, and later again, the Poor Law Department of the Local Government Board, all based in :// /research-guides/poverty-poor-laws.   Glasgow City Archives holds the records of the poor law authorities in Glasgow and other areas in the west of Scotland, which were formerly part of the Strathclyde Regional Archives collection. These authorities began in , becoming Public Assistance in , and ended with the introduction of social security in “Rules and Regulations for the Management of Poorhouses, prepared and sanctioned by the Board of Supervision for Relief of the Poor, January 3, ” (Edinburgh: ) George A. Mackay, “Management and Construction of Poorhouses and Almshouses” (Edinburgh: ) The Poor Law (Scotland) Act set up parochial boards in towns and rural areas and a Board of Supervision in :// This book sets out the importance of charity in Scottish Reformation studies. Based on extensive archival research involving more than thirty parishes, it sheds new light on the practice of poor relief in the century following the McCallum challenges the assumption that charitable activity was weak and informal in Scotland by uncovering the surviving records of welfare work

Get this from a library! Poor relief in Scotland: an outline of the growth and administration of the poor laws in Scotland, from the middle ages to the present day. [Alexander A Cormack; University of Bristol. Library. National Liberal Club Collection.] Poorhouses in Scotland. After , parishes in Scotland could choose to set up workhouses or, as happened in a large proportion of cases, just to give out-relief. The parishes or Combinations (Unions) of parishes that did operate formally constituted workhouses — more usually called poorhouses or poor's houses — are listed below. Note that   The problem of poverty caused growing public concern during the early 19th century. The existing system for looking after those unable to care for themselves - the old, sick, disabled, orphans and unemployed - was based on a series of Acts of Parliament passed during the later Tudor period. These   Overall, The Old Poor Law in Scotland will prove valuable to historians of poor relief and social welfare in general, because it raises many issues prevalent in both nineteenth century social reform and today--whether there is a "right to relief, and whether voluntary, local, or religious charities can substitute for well-organized state ://+Old+Poor+Law+in.