Seemingly it is difficult to find records of orphanages in archives. From what I have heard in the past, the Church of Scotland certainly isn’t alone in its lax attitudes towards the archive of potentially important information for future generations, or social historians, apparently many organisations are neglectful in relation to archiving materials.
That being the case, a small leaflet for the Church of Scotland run Robertson Orphan Home for girls in Musselburgh, Scotland, appears to be the only official record of the orphanage which my grandmother, Beatrice Eleanor Chapman was placed in, in about 1932 following several enquiries to various archive holding organisations in Scotland.
When I was sent this leaflet I was not told that this was in copyright, or could not share this in any way, and didn’t have to sign any copyright declaration, so assume that this leaflet is free from copyright, unlike other material which directly relates to our own ancestors.
It’s a fascinating look at how the Church of Scotland wanted to present themselves to supporters in relation to their orphanage at Musselburgh.
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