Under the "Poor Law Amendment Act, Scotland" (1845) responsibility for Poor Relief was taken from the Parishes of the Kirk of Scotland, and vested in new Parochial Boards, whose territories largely coincided with the old parishes. The Parochial Boards were not (as in England) grouped into Poor Law Unions, and there were few Poorhouses outside the cities and large towns.
Day-to-day administration of the Poor Law was in the hands of the Inspector of the Poor for each parish, and these Inspectors were obliged by law to maintain detailed records of applications and of relief supplied. The most valuable of these are the "Record of Applications" and the "General Register of the Poor". The "Minutes" are very variable, but on occasion can also contain information on named individuals.
Despite being both a Quoad Sacra parish and a Registration District, Enzie does not appear to have had its own Inspector of the Poor. Some applications from the western end of Enzie appear in the records for Bellie (Moray).
The following Poor Law records have survived for the Parish of Bellie (Moray):
- General Register of the Poor 1845-1921
- Record of Applications 1898-1915
These are held by Aberdeen City Archives. The records are available for viewing, subject to the 100-year rule.
Items marked * are included in a name index compiled by Aberdeen And North-East Scotland FHS (ANESFHS), and held by both ANESFHS and Aberdeen City Archives.
Applicants from the eastern part of Enzie would have presumably have been recorded under Rathven, but most of the Poor Law records for Rathven have disappeared.