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Why Pauper?

Postby lalexa » Wed May 22, 2019 3:25 am

I’m wondering if anyone can shed light on this entry for my g-g-grandmother Flora’s death in Ardnamurchan, Argyll In 1880.
It shows that she was married to Donald McDonald, Ploughman who was still alive and relatively young at the time of her death. But under her name entry on the death register it says Pauper. Does this mean that they were not together and she had been in receipt of Poor relief? Is this unusual for a woman to be classed as Pauper when she was the wife of a working man and mother of several young children?
Thankyou in advance of any thoughts on this situation.

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Re: Why Pauper?

Postby YetAnorUsename » Sun May 26, 2019 9:37 am

A very good question. I have an ancestor male (employed) who is in one census with (I think) his 70 year old mother in law, who is described as pauper.
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Re: Why Pauper?

Postby MoVidger » Sun May 26, 2019 3:40 pm

She may have been on "out relief" and was receiving support, such as clothes, food, and fuel. Not all "paupers" were admitted to the poorhouse.
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