Digitised copy of a Memorandum on Poor Law Matters in Tyree, c1864. Sets out instructions and recommendations for improving the administration of the Poor Law in Tiree and Coll. Refers to ‘slovenly audits and slovenly records’; the use of the Poor House in Tobermory; administration of ‘outdoor relief’ which may ‘deteriorate the character and relax the Industry of the Population’; irregularities in application of Statute between Coll and Tiree, resulting in ‘antagonism’ between the two islands’; difficulties in communicating between the two islands; affairs of Parish in ‘great confusion’; mismanagement, borrowed funds and the need for better management and improved direction.

The Interim Inspector of Poor for the Island of Coll had previously been charged with fraud: see record 2021.54.25.

From the archives of the Dukes of Argyll at Inveraray Castle, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

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Other Number: 1543-12

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