Records of the Citizens Vigilance Association, temperance organisation, Glasgow, Scotland
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Citizens Vigilance Association was founded in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1902 . Its objectives were the due enforcement of existing licensing and related laws, the suppression of drunkenness, and the promotion of good government in the City.
The Association was governed by a president, a number of vice-presidents including clergy, Members of Parliament and Justices of the Peace, honorary secretary and a solicitor. There were 12 directors and the chairmen of local committees of the Association in Glasgow were ex-officio members. Each electoral district of the city had its own committee. Meetings were held in West Nile Street, Glasgow, and later in Hope Street, Glasgow.
The Association worked to prevent the granting of licenses for new public houses and to close down current disreputable ones. Their solicitor would represent individuals, communities and those who could not afford to represent themselves to oppose the granting of licenses. They also helped to prosecute temperance supporters victimised by public house landlords during their opposition to licensing.
Citizens Vigilance Association was also active in lobbying for licensing powers to be removed from the magistrates' courts and Justices of the Peace. They felt that the many JPs who held financial interests in the alcohol trade could not be impartial, and advocated that licensing powers should instead lie with the city council through the Sheriffs.
The Association also mustered support for Bills going through parliament and local by-laws that promoted temperance or better governance of the city. They also promoted and supported councillors and prospective MPs who advocated temperance.
The Association ceased to exist in its own right in 1925 , when it merged with the recently formed Scottish Temperance Alliance.
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received
Conditions Governing Access
Deposit : Scottish Temperance Alliance : 1975
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Held by the Scottish Temperance Alliance prior to deposit with Glasgow University Archives. Previously catalogued as part of the Scottish Temperance Alliance Archive (DC19), the collection was re-catalogued in March 2003.
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Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, March 2003.
Lower level description retro converted into EAD by Alma Topen, Senior Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 4 November 2014.