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26-11-2006, 10:46 PM
Poor law records have revealed that a child born out of wedlock was "boarded out" when she was almost 2 years old to a family in Aberdeenshire (from Glasgow). Can anyone shed any light on what this means? Does this equate to fostering?

Peter Goodey
27-11-2006, 11:02 AM
Yes. Boarding out was what we now usually call fostering. Some unions - particularly in inner city areas - appear to have had a policy of boarding out children in somewhat more rural areas.

27-11-2006, 11:26 PM
Hi Lisa,

You can read about the 'Boarding-Out' arrangements made for children here:


Scroll down to the last section at the bottom of the page. Scotland is also mentioned.

Best wishes


13-03-2007, 4:48 PM
If she was from Glasgow there may be some Poor Law Records which are in the Archive section of the Mitchell Library in Glasgow.
I have read some gems there & found out about rellies I didn't know I had.
If you are not near to Glasgow I think they will search for you(how much & how long I am not sure)
Also try TalkingScot for help with your Scottish rellies.