A Study of the Servant Class in South Ayrshire, 1750-1914

Aitchison, Jean (1998) A Study of the Servant Class in South Ayrshire, 1750-1914. MPhil(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The laws which have regulated the master-servant relationship in Scotland and the part played by the Church in giving moral guidance on such matters, provided the background to the way the master-servant relationships were conducted in South Ayrshire. The manner in which servants were engaged and discharged was examined, also the conditions under which they served. Wages, duties, accommodation, food and clothing were dealt with, followed by an attempt to account for the movement of the servant population into, out of, and within the area. Some attention was paid to the subject of servants' health and of the savings schemes available to them. The hazards and consequences of impoverishment were examined, together with the types of crime with which some of the servant class might have become involved. Finally, their opportunities for leisure activities and of acquiring literacy skills were studied.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Additional Information: Adviser: E J Cowan
Keywords: European history, Social structure, Labor relations
Date of Award: 1998
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1998-74470
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 18:12
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 18:12
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/74470

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