There remains many aspects of Scottish Poor Law to be added to this site. Please check back as additions are made frequently.
Scottish Poor Law
Scotland evolved a totally different system to that in England and Wales, based on a Voluntary "giving". Legal assessments could be applied but were only introduced in the Larger Towns around the 1830's. Many Parishes refused to give allowances at all.
Scotland had their own Royal Commission following a report from which, the 1845 Poor Law Act was passed providing that all those entitled were to receive an allowance.
A Central Control called the Board of Supervision was set up, but Parish based administration continued.
The National Archives of Scotland have produced "Poor
Relief in Scotland" which includes facsimile copies of original
Counties in Scotland
Bute (islands of Arran and Bute)
Forfarshire (see Angus)
Inverness-shire (includes Lewis
(part), Uist & Skye)
Ross & Cromarty (includes part
Page last updated 12 March, 2008 by Rossbret