Records of the Independent Order of Rechabites, Glasgow, temperance organisation, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Printed articles on the society and Temperance, 1895-1956;
  • Broadsheet article on "Alcohol: fun or folly" a special supplement published by the "Methodist Recorder" in co-operation with the United Kingdom Band of Hope Union, undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Independent Order of Rechabites began in Salford, England in 1835. It took its name from the Old Testament leader Rechab who instructed his tribe to refrain from drinking alcohol. Applicants wishing to become members of the Order were required to sign a pledge of total abstinence. The first Scottish branch was Caledonian No 73, which opened in January 1838. The branches spread so quickly that to co-ordinate the movement in Scotland an Edinburgh District was created by the end of that year. The Glasgow branch of The Independent Order of Rechabites opened in the 1840s. It is now recognised as a Friendly Society. The trading name of the Rechabite Friendly Society Ltd is now Healthy Investment.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Deposit: Mr Reid: date unknown

Other Finding Aids

See also University of Glasgow Collections

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Alternative Form Available

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Conditions Governing Use

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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History

Formerly held by the society in Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland.


None expected

Related Material

The following material was last known as being held by the Independent Order of Rechabites, 159 Bath Street, Glasgow. Its current whereabouts are unknown by the National Register of Archives (Scotland): 

  • Bound volumes of Rechabite Magazine, 1843-1920;
  • Rechabite Magazine and Juvenile Rechabite, 1921-1975;
  • Rechabite Gazette, 1877;
  • Minute Books, No.s 2-16, 1882-1972;

Location of Originals

This material is original