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CodeNA7285
Dates1625-
Person NameOld Wrights' Society; Brechin; 1625-
ActivityFriendly societies were in existence 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 provisions 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 Register of Friendly Societies. Some friendly societies also acted as social clubs and organisations and included the Free Gardeners, Oddfellows and Shepherds' Friendly Society. The Old Wrights' Society was instituted on 8 November 1625. A copy of the rules and regulations is dated 1831, when they were reformulated to comply with an Act of Parliament. The purpose of the Society was to maintain a fund 'for the aliment of members in sickness and superannuation, and of the widows and children of deceased members during widowhood and until twelve years of age as well as for granting an allowance in name of funeral charges, to be paid on the death of members'. Each member paid 1/- quarterly, plus an entrace fee which started at 10/- for those aged 20 and under, and continued on an ascending scale up to the age of 40. Sickness benefit was paid at the rate of 2/6 per week for 13 weeks, then at a reduced rate. Widows received 15/- per annum, if there was no widow, this passed to any children under the age of twelve. The funeral benefit was £1.
Corporate NameOld Wrights' Society
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