Sunday, 12 December 2010

Living the Poor Life in Glasgow: Part Two

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. 

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