Providing for the Poor

Poor law records

Dunbar poor girlThe Archive team has been working with an expert group of volunteers and Friends of the John Gray Centre to transcribe East Lothian’s extensive collection of Poor Law records. We hold records for most of East Lothian, and you can see a sample of the kind of information available online.

Come and visit us at the John Gray Centre for a more extensive browse, try our research guide on using the poor records to help you with your research or get in touch if you have any questions.

The Poor Records team have been working on this since 2013, and the project is ongoing.

***STOP PRESS Dunbar records almost completed***

Poor law records for Dunbar are almost complete and ready to go online. Watch this space for more information. A huge THANK YOU to all our volunteers for making it possible.

2 thoughts on “Poor law records”

  1. FrancesW says:

    Hi David,

    Thanks for getting in touch. I’m afraid the Poor Law records for North Berwick do not start until 1845.

    Interestingly though we do have a record of George Lugton, labourer being imprisoned in North Berwick jail in 1830.

    Please let us know at [email protected] if you think this could be your ancestor and we can provide further information.

    best wishes,

  2. David Lugton says:

    Have you transcribed the Poor law records for North Berwick?
    I am researching George Lougton (or Lugton) who was transported to Australia in 1831. He left a wife Jean Lougton/Lugton (maiden name Jean Monro) and two children in North Berwick. I thought they might have ended in the Poor house.

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