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Glasgow Police Return 1841

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On the 1st March, 1841, H Millar, the City Marshall and Superintendent of Police, presented his Police Return to the Honourable James Campbell, the Lord Provost of Glasgow.  This Return showed the Name, Age, Occupation, Sex, Country, Residence, Weekly Earnings, Nature of the Dwellings, and other particulars, of One Thousand & Thirty-Eight destitute persons within the City of Glasgow.

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On the 1st March, 1841, H Millar, the City Marshall and Superintendent of Police, presented his Police Return to the Honourable James Campbell, the Lord Provost of Glasgow.  This Return showed the Name, Age, Occupation, Sex, Country, Residence, Weekly Earnings, Nature of the Dwellings, and other particulars, of One Thousand & Thirty-Eight destitute persons within the City of Glasgow.  The Superintendent then remarks, amongst other things “It is humbly thought that means should be devised, as speedily as possible, for relieving the great destitution that prevails in the City.  At the present moment there are, residing in the Town’s Hospital, 420 persons, including men, women and children; 346 families and individuals are on the Hospitals roll as recipients of meal; 536 as recipients of money; 15 in the Lunatic Asylum; and 345 children placed out at nursing.  In addition to these, there are 1222 persons to whom aid is given by their respective parishes.  Large as these numbers may appear to be, they include only a small portion of those who are actually in want.  Taking numbers as they stand, it may be enquired, what is the nature of the aid afforded to them by the parish or by the Town’s Hospital?   Excepting the persons accommodated within the Hospital, the allowance generally given is wholly inadequate to do more than pay the weekly rent of their miserable dwellings, and the poor creatures are left to provide the necessaries of life in the best way they can”.

This is a remarkable document that is worthy of greater study.

Transcribed by Mr. & Mrs. P. Toman, and Elizabeth Smith. Original published by GWSFHS in 1986. Second edition compiled by Stewart A. Reid 1998. Third edition – Rebranded to HK Grotesk by John Wotherspoon. 32 pages. During the preparation of this Third edition, it has been noted that a further copy of these lists has been produced by Family History at the Mitchell Library. Differences have been spotted and it is up to individual researchers to determine which is correct.