Records of the Association of Poorhouse Governors of Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Register of poorhouses c1894-1929
  • Minute books 1880-1939

Administrative / Biographical History

The  Association of Poorhouse Governors of Scotland was formed in  1868 . One of its main functions apart from representing the interests of Governors, was to petition Government Ministers such as the Lord Advocate for changes in the poor law. The Association also maintained a register of all poorhouses in the country. As well as details of location this showed the names and salaries of governors and matrons and the number of staff and inmates, including lunatics. The association was extended to include matrons in  1922  and despite law changes affecting poorhouses in 1929, the last recorded AGM is in 1939. There is a subsequent entry in the Minute Book which records that executive powers were assumed by the Chair and the Secretary during the war years. The winding up of the Poor Law legislation was  1948 , so it would seem that the organisation would cease to exist at that date.


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

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Gift: Greenlea Old People's Home, Edinburgh: 1988

Other Finding Aids

Item level list available via Heatherbank Museum of Social Work Web pages . Printed item level list also available.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Museum Curator, Heatherbank Museum of Social Work.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 1847 procedures

Custodial History

Held by Secretary of the Association until 1929


None expected

Related Material

Finding aids for the Subject-based Ephemera Collection and a Resources Library, which holds supporting material and published literature, may both contain associated information and can be consulted via Heatherbank Museum of Social Work Web pages . A subject-based Newspaper Cuttings Collection is also available for consultation.

Location of Originals

This material is original


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Additional Information

Fonds level description compiled by Compiled by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 21 June 2004. Administrative History compiled by Alastair Ramage, Museum Curator, Heatherbank Museum of Social Work.


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