Person NameSkirling Friendly Society, Peebles
ActivityThe Skirling Friendly Society, Peebles, was active from at least 1836-1855, when it had 76 members. In February 1855 a dividend was paid to each of the members of the Society which then appears to have been wound up.Friendly societies existed in the 17th century but reached their peak in the 19th century. They were originally organisations that provided a mechanism for ordinary people to save or make provision for infirmity, old age, death or burial and are mutual benefit societies owned by their members. They were encouraged by the Registration of Friendly Societies Act 1793 (33 Geo III, c 54). The Friendly Societies Act 1855 (18 & 19 Vict, c 63) established the Registrar of Friendly Societies. Some friendly societies also acted as social clubs and organisations and included the Free Gardeners, Oddfellows and Shepherds Friendly Society.
Corporate NameSkirling Friendly Society, Peebles
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