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Minutes of the Charity Committee and the Bevan Trust Committee, 1852 - 1947

Identifier: LHB7/4

Scope and Contents

The minutes for the Bevan Trust Committee and Charity Committee deal with applications for assistance from the funds from those who could not afford to pay hospital fees.


  • Creation: 1852 - 1947

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Biographical / Historical

The Charity Committee was set up by the Royal Edinburgh Asylum Act of 1851 to administer legacies and donations to the hospital. The Committee gave grants to make up the board of patients whose relatives could not pay the full amount.

In 1886, Mrs Elizabeth Bevan, granddaughter of Dr Andrew Duncan Senior, left the asylum a legacy to assist in paying the board of patients whose status was not that of paupers, but who could not pay the appropriate rate of board. A Committee was appointed to administer this fund.


3 Volumes


Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

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