Records of Aberdeen Union Perseverance Society

Scope and Content

Minutes of the Society, 1 May 1818 - 20 June 1840, containing details of members, admissions, and investments, and including subscription lists for the period 1821 - 1822. Enclosures include rules and regulations, with list of members, 1818; papers relating to the discharge of James Hunter, former Secretary of the Society, 1836 - 1852; draft minutes of the final meeting of the Society, regarding the sale of the Society's shares in the Aberdeen Steam Navigation Company, 20 June 1840; and Directors' Report given at a Special General Meeting of the North of Scotland Banking Company, 18 Oct 1850.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Aberdeen Union Perseverance Society was formed on 1 May 1818 by James Johnston, mason; James Hunter, mason; Samuel Johnston, mason; Alexander Davidson, mason; William Hey, mason; James Edmund, millwright; David Gardner, carter; and Patrick Morrice, miller, all of Aberdeen. The Rules of the Society, printed in 1818, name 55 members at this time, and state that this figure should not rise above 60. Each member was bound to pay 10 shillings entry-money and a sum of 4 shillings per month thereafter for a 7 year period. At the close of the 7 years, members could decide if they wished to sell their shares and dissolve the society, or if they wished to extend the contract for a further period. The Society continued to operate until June 1840.


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Deposited in the University Library in 1904, by Messers Hunter and Gordon

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