Friendly Society of Moffat

Scope and Content

Articles of Agreement of the Friendly Society instituted at Moffat, 1800

Administrative / Biographical History

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Friendly societies comprised a group of people contributing to a mutual fund so that they could receive benefits in times of need. The concept had been popular for hundreds of years, but in the 1800s, their role was acknowledged by the government and membership was encouraged. The early meetings were often held as a social gathering when the subscriptions would be paid. Prior to the Welfare State they were often the only way a working person had to receive help in times of ill health, or old age.

Both MS231 and MS234 show a note at the end of the document that states that the rules were unanimously approved by the Justices at the Quarter Sessions for the county of Dumfries.

Archivist's Note

Date(s) of descriptions: 2000-02-10 Joseph Gelfer 2001-08-21 Sarah Aitchison.

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