Today is #InternationalWomensDay and we are taking a glimpse into the life of Bridget Scullion, an example of what the life of ordinary women of the 19th century could be like. Bridget was married on 14 September 1852, but her husband was killed just two months later in November 1852. Years passed and Bridget had one lawful and two illegitimate children by 1 March 1861 when she applied to Stevenston Parochial Board for poor relief. She was granted 2/ weekly but by April this was reduced. Bridget also applied to Ardrossan Parochial Board, Ardrossan being her husband’s residential settlement before his death. In May applications to both Stevenston and Ardrossan were refused. As both parishes would not take responsibility, by 3 August 1861 she was ordered to be removed to Ireland, no longer chargeable to either parish. Another unfortunate twist to her story is that by 4 July 1862 Widow Scullion was in prison, her three children who were being looked after by another family in Quay Street Saltcoats were allowed 5/ weekly until their mother returned. This information was compiled from our poor relief records.
This International Women’s Day we are thinking of unheard stories of women of the past and present #IWD2019