Records of the Scottish Permissive Bill & Temperance Association, temperance organisation, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minutes of Scottish Permissive Bill & No Licence Union: Ladies Auxiliary, 1905-1909;
  • Scottish Reformer (vols 33-35, 38), 1918-1922;
  • Reformer subscribers ledger, 1885.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Scottish Permissive Bill Association was formed in  1858  with the aim of following the Maine law legislation model. It was affiliated with the London-based National Temperance Federation.

By 1894, the Association was known as the  Scottish Permissive Bill & Temperance Association with offices at 11 Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland, and later at Douglas Street, Glasgow. In 1866, the Association published its own newspaper, The Social Reformer, renamed The Reformer in 1885, and again as The Scottish Reformer in 1892. It was published until at least 1922. Other activities included public demonstrations, often co-ordinated with the Scottish Temperance Association, National Citizens Council, and the International Order of Good Templars: Grand Lodge of Scotland, who were each responsible for a geographic area of Scotland.

The Scottish Permissive Bill & Temperance Association Ladies' Auxiliary was established by 1894 as the women's section of the Association. The Ladies' Auxiliary held day schools, drawing room meetings and garden parties to help raise money for the Temperance cause. As well as paying subscriptions, members were encouraged to collect money for the cause within the various districts of Glasgow, and the Committee employed a Collector.

By 1918, the effect of the 1914-1918 World War was affecting the levels of money the Committee was raising, as more people gave spare money to the Red Cross.

In 1922, the Scottish Permissive Bill & Temperance Association united with the Scottish Temperance League to form the  Scottish Temperance & No Licence Union, which aimed to continue collectively the work or both organisations, including that of the Ladies' Auxiliary.


The material is arranged into series as shown in the scope and content. Within series items are generally arranged chronologically.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposit : Scottish Temperance Alliance : 1975

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S) 2804) and London (NRA 30487)

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 University Archivist

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

Appraisal Information

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

Custodial History

Held by the Scottish Temperance Alliance prior to deposit with University of Glasgow Archive Services. Previously catalogued as part of the Scottish Temperance Alliance Archive (GB 248 DC19), the collection was re-catalogued in March 2003.


None expected

Related Material

GB 248 DC 19/1 Records of the Scottish Temperance League.

GB 248 DC 19/3 Records of the Scottish Temperance & No Licence Union.

GB 248 DC 19/4 Records of the Scottish Temperance Alliance.

GB 248 DC 19/5 Records of the Glasgow & District Municipal Federation.

GB 248 DC 19/6 Records of the Citizens Vigilance Association.

GB 248 DC 19/7 Records of the National Citizens Council.

GB 248 DC 19/8 Records of International Order of Good Templars: Grand Lodge of Scotland.

GB 583 Records of British Women's Temperance Association (Scottish Christian Union) (Huntly House Museum, Edinburgh).

GB 233 Minute Book of the Scottish Permissive Bill & Temperance Association Ladies' Auxiliary 1894-1902.

See also our Temperance Source Guide

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Location of Originals

This material is original


No known publications using this material

Additional Information

Description 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.

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