Keig, Aberdeenshire

Keig operated a parochial poorhouse or almshouse from at least the 1860s. It was locally administered rather than operating as a statutory poorhouse under the central Board of Supervision.

The poorhouse was located about a mile to the north-east of Castle Forbes and is identified as a poorhouse only on the first edition Ordnance Survey map of 1868. The single-storey building was divided into four dwellings.

Keig poorhouse site, 1868.

Keig former poorhouse from the south-west, 2009.
© Peter Higginbotham.

The building, now much extended, is a private residence.


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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