Falkirk Parish Council records

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Falkirk Parish Council
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Minutes, accounts, papers on poor relief of individuals, Falkirk Cemetery, Blinkbonny Home, Falkirk Poorhouse and creation of Grangemouth Parish Council

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Parish Councils were set up in 1894 as elected bodies to replace the appointed Parochial Boards. Falkirk Parish Council took over the responsibilities of Falkirk parochial Board. In 1900 part of the area was transferred to the newly created Grangemouth Parish Council. Falkirk Poorhouse was operated by Falkirk Parish Council and accepted residents from neighbouring parishes.

Parish councils were established by the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1894 (60 & 61 Vict., c. 38) which abolished the Board of Supervision and the parochial boards. Parish councils had a broadly similar remit to that of the parochial boards: their main duty was that of poor relief. They were given some additional powers including the power to acquire buildings for public offices, ground for recreational purposes and the administration of rights of way. They could also take over the administration of some parish trusts. Parish councils were abolished by the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1929 (19 & 20 Geo. V, c. 25), which transferred their powers to the county councils, district councils and town councils.
The successor bodies frequently continued to use the same minute books and other records as their predecessors.
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106 items (0.6m)
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