Poor Relief in Scotland


A working page of links related to Poor Relief in Scotland.


Links to poor relief information sources in Scotland.

Information on Poorhouses and Relief in Scotland

This is a working page whose primary function is the capture of links related to Poor Relief in Scotland. Most links here will eventually be relocated to country, county or parish pages, or to specialist topic pages..


Scotland National

Poorhouses in Scotland - The Workhouse

After 1845, parishes in Scotland could choose to set up workhouses or, as happened in a large proportion of cases, just to give out-relief. The parishes or Combinations (Unions) of parishes that did operate formally constituted workhouses — more usually called poorhouses or poor's houses — are listed.

Poor Law Unions in Scotland - The Workhouse

The Workhouse in Scotland. (Note — workhouses in Scotland were more usually termed 'poorhouses'.)

Parish Almshouses in Scotland - The Workhouse

A Comprehensive History of the Workhouse by Peter Higginbotham.

Scottish poorhouse - Wikipedia

The Scottish poorhouse, occasionally referred to as a workhouse, provided accommodation for the destitute and poor in Scotland.

Scotland Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc Genealogy - FamilySearch Wiki

In Scotland, the government passed an act addressing the relief of the poor as early as 1424.

Knowledge Base - Scottish Poorhouses - Scottish Archive Network

A website with information on workhouses is The Workhouse, but bear in mind the differences between English workhouses and Scottish poorhouses.

Poor Relief Records | National Records of Scotland

Scottish Poorhouses – National Library of Scotland Blog

The Scottish Archive Network focusses specifically on Scottish poorhouses and poor relief.

Poor Law Records (Scotland) - GenGuide

Section of the Poor Law Commission for Scotland Report 1884.

Cage, Robert A. (1974) The Scottish poor law, 1745-1845.

PhD. Thesis, Glasgow University - ‎1974 

A Victorian Christmas: Christmas Day In The Workhouse

23 Dec 2015 - Caricature of poor people at a workhouse having dinner; by Phiz. For its December 25th, 1840 edition, the Morning Chronicle polled workhouse managers to discover what the poor of London could expect for their Christmas Day. 


Scotland Counties

Lanarkshire Institutions / Workhouses / Hospitals etc.

Friends of Dundee City Archives - Poorhouse Records

ScotlandsPeople | Connecting Generations


A paper read before the Dublin Statistical Society in November 1860 regarding the Aberdeen Feeding Schools, contrasting their approach with that in Irish workhouses.


Scottish Towns and Parishes

Life in an Edinburgh poorhouse - Edinburgh Evening News

5 Dec 2016 - FOR many poverty-stricken families in Victorian Scotland the ... Poorhouses, known as workhouses south of the border, had never been built to ...

Poor Relief records | Aberdeen City Council

Edinburgh workhouse records (Midlothian) - RootsChat.Com

Barnhill Workhouse Glasgow - British Genealogy

A brief history of the University of Edinburgh Forrest Hill building



The implementation of the Poor Law - The Victorian Web

British social policy 1601-1948

Neonatal and maternal mortality in the workhouse of St. Martin in the Field, 1725-1824 (PDF)

The voluntary hospitals in history - Voluntary Hospitals Database