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CodeNA7275
Dates1833-1963
Person NameBrechin Total Abstinence Society; 1833-1963
ActivityBrechin Total Abstinence Society had its origins in the Brechin Society of Teetotallers, established in April 1832, one of the oldest temperance societies in Scotland. The Temperance movement in Scotland had its origins in Glasgow in the 1820s, and was a response to increasing problems of drunkenness and antisocial behaviour amongst the urban poor.In 1833, the Brechin Total Abstinence Society was inaugurated, meeting weekly in the Independent Chapel, City Road. Members of the Brechin Society pledged to abstain from 'the use of ardent spirits, except for medicinal purposes'. To counteract the evils of drink, the society tried to offer alternatives to occupy the leisure time of the working class. These generally had a high moral tone: lectures, evening concerts and soirees. A musician was hired to train the choir, and musical evenings were held. After a few years, membership began to falter, but in 1839 the society was re-instituted by the Rev. John Mason, minister of the Independent denomination, in connection with his own church. Lectures were regularly delivered under the auspices of the Society. By 1860, membership had grown to such an extent that the Society purchased the First Secession Church, City Road, for £180, and converted it into a commodious new Temperance Hall. It became a popular venue for social occasions and public meetings. The Society seems to have been discontinued in 1963.
Corporate NameBrechin Total Abstinence Society
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