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Poor Relief and the Church in Scotland, 1560-1650

John McCallum


This book analyses poor relief in the century or so after the Scottish Reformation of 1560. In doing so it challenges the assumption that Scottish poor relief was weak, informal and haphazard because it was run by the Protestant church rather than the state, as in England (all too often the yardstick against which Scotland is measured). Instead, the book explores the substantial welfare work carried out by Scottish parishes, and examines in detail how the system operated as well as those who benefitted from it. The rich but under-utilised parish records which are the focus of the study reveal ... More

Keywords: Poverty, Reformation, Scotland, Charity, Welfare, Religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474427272
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427272.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John McCallum, author
Nottingham Trent University