Person NameSt Vigeans and Arbroath Lodge of Weavers; 1821-1821
ActivityWeaving was a major industry in 18th and 19th century Scotland and particularly important to towns and villages in Angus. In Arbroath, it is estimated that 2,000 handlooms were at work in 1838, many of which were working from home. The St.Vigeans and Arbroath Lodge of Weavesr was a friendly society probably linked with the Burgh's Incorporation of Weavers. It is likely that the Lodge of Weavers grew to replace the waning influence of the Weavers' Incorporation and to take over its social security functions.Friendly 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.
Corporate NameSt Vigeans and Arbroath Lodge of Weavers
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