The Demographics of Scottish Poverty: Paisley's Applicants for Relief, 1861 and 1871

Gordon, Wendy M.
May 2010
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies;2010, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p25
Academic Journal
The article discusses the demographics of Scottish poverty during the late 19th-century. The town of Paisley, Scotland is focused on. The applicants for relief in Paisley Burgh Parish in 1861 and 1871 are addressed. The author talks about the civil system of the New Poor Law in Scotland. The article examines how demographic factors including gender, family status, and migration determined how the poor law would or would not be provided with relief. The steps people had to go through to apply for aid under the law are detailed. The author discusses the investigation performed by the parish during the first part of the application process.


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