Alford, Aberdeenshire

Alford erected a parochial poorhouse or almshouse in around 1856, using money provided by the Kirk Session. It was locally administered rather than operating as a statutory poorhouse under the central Board of Supervision.

The single-storey building was located about a mile to the west of Alford, at the east side of the old military road.

Alford poorhouse site, 1900

In 1904, the establishment had accommodation for 3 men, 3 women, amd 6 children.

Alford former poorhouse from the south, 2009.
© Peter Higginbotham.

The building still exists and is now known as Red Gates.



Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals. Before travelling a long distance, always check that the records you want to consult will be available.

  • Aberdeen City Archives, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1AQ, and Old Aberdeen House, Dunbar Street, Aberdeen AB24 3UJ.

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