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

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Acquisition Information

Deposit : Scottish Temperance Alliance : 1975

Other Finding Aids

See also University of Glasgow Collections

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

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents. Applications for permission to quote should be sent to Archives and Special Collections, please email:

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.


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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.

Location of Originals

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