Edinburgh Society for Relief of the Destitute Sick

Scope and Content

Management 1813-1948; administration 1834-1944; finance 1824-1981; Trusts 1704-1966; recipients 1792-1952

Administrative / Biographical History

The Society originated in 1795 on a voluntary basis and was incorporated by a Seal of Cause from Edinburgh Town Council in 1813. It existed to provide relief to those prevented from earning a living by illness and unable to make claims on other public charities or parish funds.


Chronological within record class

Conditions Governing Access

Public access to these records is governed by the UK Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the latest version of the Scottish Government Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Scotland). Whilst some records may be accessed freely by researchers, the aforementioned legislation and guidelines mean that records with sensitive information on named individuals may be closed to the public for a set time.

Where records are about named deceased adults, they will be open 75 years after the latest date in the record, on the next 01 January. Records about individuals below 18 years (living or deceased) or adults not proven to be deceased will be open 100 years after the latest date in the record, on the next 01 January. Further information on legislation and guidelines covering medical records can be found on the LHSA webpage (http://www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk/).

LHSA can support the use of records closed to public access for legitimate clinical, historical and genealogical research purposes. Please contact the LHSA Archivist for more details regarding procedures on how you can apply for permission to view closed records. Telephone us on: 0131 650 3392 or email us at lhsa@ed.ac.uk

Acquisition Information

F. Shaw, Scottish Record Office, June 1986; Scott and Paterson Chartered Accountants, Bruntsfield House, Bruntsfield Terrace, March 1992


Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available

Custodial History

Scott and Paterson Chartered Accountants


No further accessions are expected

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