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From: "Iain Hutchison" <>
Subject: Re: [D-G LIST] Scottish Poor Laws - Closeburn
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 23:31:38 +0100
References: <425E92EC.7010209@btinternet.com>


You might find this site interesting:


This is the poorhouse that Big Bill mentioned. It opened in 1855. Cample
may have been a less grand affair that preceded Rowantree. A New Poor Law
Act became effective in 1845 and such poorhouses were erected in some
parishes after this time. Sometimes parishes entered a joint venture, thus
a 'combination' poor house. Under the New Poor Law, relief was for the
'disabled', i.e. those who were not able-bodied and that included people
with impairments, elderly folks, and mothers with young children (widows,
deserted wives, and single mothers). Relief for the 'ablebodied' was
generally refused (although the website above makes reference to some
ablebodied provision!).

Out relief was preferred by parochial baords because it was cheaper than
institutional provision. But poorhouses (rather than workhouses in
Scotland) were used for certain paupers. This is not say that pauper
inmates in poorhouses were not expected to undertake some kind of work,
usually of a domestic nature such as laundry, scrubbing, etc.

Prior to the 1845 Act, poor relief was a function of the Church of Scotland.
For reading see Rosalind Mitchison's 'The Old Poor Law in Scotland'.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Pat Stanistreet" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2005 4:57 PM
Subject: [D-G LIST] Scottich Poor Laws - Closeburn

> Greetings D-G Listers
> Can any one help me with information about the Poor Law in Closeburn, or
> in Dumfrieshire in general?
> I am very familiar with the poor laws in England and understand that there
> were differences with the Scottish system. I know from kirk sessions &
> heritor’s records for Closeburn parish that poor relief was given in money
> and kind, and that the Flint family received money in old age and, for the
> younger members, in event of need in the 1830s and 40s.
> One thing that intrigues me is information from the 1841 census index
> which refers to the family as ‘inmates’ and I was wondering if there was a
> poor house built in Cample, or if this refers to another form of
> institution.
> The 1841 references are
> Flint Catherine, 2 inmate 6,7 Cample 12 Closeburn
> Flint Margaret 30 inmate 6,7 Cample 12 Closeburn
> Flint Margaret 40 dressmaker 6,7 Cample 12 Closeburn
> Flint Robert 5 inmate 6,7 Cample 12 Closeburn
> Flint Thomas 3 months 6,7 Cample 12 Closeburn
> Flint William 5 inmate 6,7 Cample 12 Closeburn
> By 1851 only Margaret the dressmaker (a pauper by then) and Robert (piecer
> in woolen mill) are recorded in Cample, of the others there is no record
> in Dumfries and Galloway.
> In hope
> Pat
> Researching:
> FLINT – Cample/Closeburn, Dumfries, Kirkpatrick Durham; KIRKPATRICK –
> Cample/Closeburn; PORTEOUS – Ruthwell; BLACK – Tinwald, Durisdeer;
> DALZELL/DALZIEL – Tinwald; KERR – Dumfries, Old Cumnock;
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