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The Old Poor Law in Scotland: The Experience of Poverty, 1574-1845 Rosalind Mitchison

The Old Poor Law in Scotland: The Experience of Poverty, 1574-1845

Rosalind Mitchison

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ISBN : 9780748613441
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1040 pages
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Based entirely on research from primary sources, this book describes the development of the Scottish Poor Law as an instrument for the preservation of the old and destitute and, partially, as a protection against famine. It shows the effect of theMoreBased entirely on research from primary sources, this book describes the development of the Scottish Poor Law as an instrument for the preservation of the old and destitute and, partially, as a protection against famine. It shows the effect of the Poor Law of the later Eighteenth Century agrarian reorganisation, the industrial revolution, Scottish urban development and the evangelical revival. This remarkably comprehensive investigation contains many revelations about the nature of Scottish social life over three centuries.