Source Information Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, Poorhouse Records, 1888-1912 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2017. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
Original data: Abden Poorhouse Record Book, Fife Library and Archives Service, Fife, Scotland.

About Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, Poorhouse Records, 1888-1912

This collection contains Poorhouse Records for Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland ranging from 1888-1912. It includes records for those who received help from the Abden Home Poor Law Institution, originally named the Kirkcaldy Combination Poorhouse.

Details vary depending on record type, but you might find facts such as:

  • Name
  • Date of admission
  • Date of discharge
  • Reason discharged
  • Occupation
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Date of death

Historical Context

After the Poor Law Scotland Act of 1845, Scottish parishes were able to establish institutions to care for the poor, house them and give out relief. Whilst there was a Central Supervising body, each institution was locally run.