Monthly Archives: July 2014

Poor Law records: Cases of Settlement

As mentioned in the previous Poor Law blog posts, the liability for the poor usually lay with the parish of their birth.  It was therefore in a Parish’s interests to try and prove that a pauper wasn’t from their Parish … Continue reading

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Friday photo: Having fun on the Lews Castle lawns

As many prepare for Hebridean Celtic Festival in Stornoway this weekend its worth remembering that the Castle has seen many other celebration, including Tattoos and, as this week’s image shows, gymkhanas! If you are attending Heb Celt this weekend, keep an … Continue reading

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Poor Law records: Minutes

Alexander Morrison’s entry in the General Register of the Poor shed new light on his situation between 1894 and his death in 1898.  The General Register listed several changes in his circumstances.  For each of these changes, a decision will … Continue reading

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Poor Law records: General Register of the Poor

Last week, we saw Alexander Morrison Application for Parochial Relief under the Poor Law.  The application gave lots of information about Alexander’s personal circumstances that led to his request for help.  Notable, we saw he was added onto the General … Continue reading

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