Back in October I blogged about the Poor Law Archives in Glasgow and the fact that not everyone was happy with the poor relief they were offered, especially if that involved going to the poorhouse.
In contrast, whilst searching through some online newspaper archives this week I came across a report of a man who, according to the authorities at least, was a little too keen to spend time in the Glasgow poorhouse:
The Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland) 26th March 1902, p.8, col. 7.
A LIKING FOR THE POORHOUSE.- Robert M’Ateer,
an Irishman, was charged at Glasgow Sheriff Sum-
mary Court yesterday with contravening the Poor-
law Acts by becoming chargeable to the parish of
Glasgow after the city authorities had, at this own
request, sent him to his parish of settlement in
Ireland. The evidence showed that accused, who
was forty-three years of age, had been in the poor-
house fifteen times. Sheriff Fyfe said that accused
appeared to be one of those people who came over
from Ireland and practically lived in the poorhouse.
That sort of thing would not do; Glasgow was not
going to keep all the vagrants who cared to come
into it. Sentence of two month’s imprisonment was