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Poor Relief and the Church in Scotland, 1560-1650$
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John McCallum

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474427272

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427272.001.0001

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Poor Relief Under Stress

Poor Relief Under Stress

(p.102) Chapter 4 Poor Relief Under Stress
Poor Relief and the Church in Scotland, 1560-1650

John McCallum

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the performance of relief systems during times of particular challenge or crisis. The book’s approach as a whole is critical of the tendency to judge relief systems primarily by their ability to cope with periods of dearth, but it is also essential to explore the responses of the system evaluated in chapters 2 and 3 to times of particular pressure. Kirk sessions sometimes struggled during the dearth of the early 1620s, although both then and during the conflicts of the 1640s there was also evidence of impressive responses under the circumstances, and sessions also tended to be very responsive to more localised or short-term emergencies. The chapter thus provides an important note of balance to the book’s thesis, while further confirming that the sessions’ relief work has been under-estimated by historians

Keywords:   Poverty, Famine, Disaster, Plague, Civil Wars, British, Charity

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