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Poor Law records: Financial scandal in North Uist!

An enquirer once contacted us about an ancestor who had been the Poor Law Inspector for North Uist.  She asked if we could help tell her some more.  As you may have guessed from previous posts we went to check … Continue reading

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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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Poor Law records: applications

The Poor Law (Scotland) Act of 1845 saw a complete reworking of the approach to managing and elevating poverty in Scotland. Parochial Boards, and later Parish Councils, were established to manage the poor in their areas.  Serious record keeping began, … Continue reading

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Friday photo: Poor Law Magazine

These handsome volumes are “The Poor Law and Parochial Board Magazine” held by Stornoway Library. These yearly publications run from 1857-1930 when the poor law system was formally abolished and were aimed at the members of the Parochial Boards and later … Continue reading

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Friday photo: Where’s the tipp-ex?

A researcher has recently been making use of the General Register of the Poor for Stornoway for 1895-1905 as part of his PhD research.  The General Register lists all the people in the parish of Stornoway who were receiving support from … Continue reading

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