Scottish Poorhouses

The Poor Law (Scotland) Act 1845 set up parochial boards in towns and rural areas and a Board of Supervision in Edinburgh. One of their purposes was to build poorhouses for those paupers who were not eligible for ‘outdoor relief’, which consisted of small sums of money given out weekly. The Board of Supervision published […]

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Christmas: a history

Mark Connelly examines the traditions which have contributed to the modern Christmas as an icon of cultural and social history. The key elements of the modern Christmas evolved during the nineteenth century as a result of a complex range of social, economic and cultural forces. Among the themes of the book are its Anglo-German origins […]

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Gardening women

(Photo credit: publisher- Virago) (Image shows two women halfway up two ladders tending to a plant, with the title of the book ‘Gardening women: their stories 1600 to the present’ and the authors name – Catherine Horwood) Women are rarely celebrated in the history of gardening – a fact Catherine Horwood, a historian and passionate […]

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