Poor Law magazines 1859-1929
Poor Law magazine
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- ReferenceGB 1847 GB 815 H/bank 16
- Dates of Creation1859-1929
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description4.0 metres (67 volumes)
Scope and Content
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
Gift: Archivist, Grampian Region Archives (CHECK): c1992
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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.
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Individual copies of the Poor Law Magazine are held at Glasgow University Library.
Conditions Governing Use
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Location of Originals
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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.