Patrons, Poverty and Profit: Organised Charity in Nineteenth-century Dundee (Abertay Historical Society Publication)

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In common with the major Scottish cities, Dundee experienced dramatic social and economic change in the 19th century. Rapid population growth, economic development and changes in social structure dislocated the urban population. By supporting the poor, the aged and the sick, organised charities bridged the gap between the Kirk's traditional system of poor relief and the 20th century evolution of State-controlled welfare.

The establishment of organised charities in Dundee was in many ways unique to the town, especially as philanthropic development was dependent on the enthusiasm and determination of middle-class Dundonians, who formed a relatively small proportion of the population. Exploring the levels of support and antagonism received by Dundee's charities and assessing their impact on civic development, this local study does much to advance our understanding of philanthropy in Scotland.

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A study of philanthropy in 19th century Dundee, revealing the motivation behind the establishment of the Dundee Infirmary, the Orphan Institution and a host of medical, reforming and benevolent societies.

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