Poor Law magazine

Scope and Content

Poor Law magazines 1859-1929

Administrative / Biographical History

In April  1858  the  Society of the Inspectors of the Poor for Scotland was founded. Its stated aim was to enable inspectors to obtain information as to decisions and practice in Poor Law matters. At the monthly meeting in May  1858  it was noted that there were 320 subscribers for the Poor Law Magazine, which was 80 short of the number required. However in September  1858  the first monthly edition of the Poor Law Magazine was published and continued without a break until December  1929 . In the same year the Local Government [Scotland] Reform Act was passed and control of poor relief passed to the counties and burghs. No further numbers of the journal were published. Throughout its life it maintained the original aim of printing the decisions in the supreme and local courts affecting the Poor Law as well as carrying original articles on ‘Poor and Parochial law’. In addition there was correspondence; notes of the month; and parliamentary decisions and answers. The last Editor was  Boyd Berry, a distinguished advocate but the name of the first Editor is not recorded.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Gift: Archivist, Grampian Region Archives (CHECK): c1992

Other Finding Aids

Item level list available via the resources section of  http://www.lib.gcal.ac.uk/heatherbank/resources.html Heatherbank Museum of Social Work Web pages. Printed item level list also available.

Alternative Form Available

Individual copies of the Poor Law Magazine are held at Glasgow University Library.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Museum Curator, Heatherbank Museum of Social Work.

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

Appraisal Information

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Custodial History



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Related Material

Finding aids for the Subject-based Ephemera Collection and a Resources Library, which holds supporting material and published literature, may both contain associated information and can be consulted via Heatherbank Museum of Social Work Web pages  http://www.lib.gcal.ac.uk/heatherbank/resources.html. A subject-based Newspaper Cuttings Collection is also available for consultation.

Location of Originals

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Additional Information

Fonds level description compiled by Compiled by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 21 June 2004. Administrative History compiled by Alastair Ramage, Museum Curator, Heatherbank Museum of Social Work, June 2004.