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Petition Registers for The Caledonian Asylum

(Cross-Street, Hatton-Garden, London) - Source: LMA/4710/C/02/01/001 - London Metropolitan Archives

Form 1:

For the child of indigent Scotch parents residing in London (not entitled to Parochial Relief)

Form 2:

For the child of a soldier, sailor/marine a native of Scotland who has died, or been disabled in service of his country

Form 3:

Application for the Admission of Children into The Caledonian Asylum

The Highland Society of London launched an appeal in 1808 to raise funds for an Asylum to house and educate the many young Scots who were roaming the streets of London, many having been orphaned or left fatherless following the Napoleonic wars. After seven years, enough funds had been donated from important dignitaries of the time such as the Dukes of Buccleuch, Queensbury, Gordon, Argyll, Montrose and Roxburgh as well as the Dukes of Wellington and Marlborough and Arthur Wellesley. The first Asylum opened in Dec 1819 in Hatton Garden, which was afterwards replaced in 1826 with a newly built Asylum in Islington where it remained for seventy-seven years and gave its name to the Caledonian Road.

Information provided on the Scots:

Name of the child; age of the child; date of birth; place of birth; name and age of parents including maiden surname of the mother; status; occupation of father; name of his Regiment and status in the Militia/Army; date and place of parents marriage; parents dates and places of birth; religion of the parents; family circumstances; reason for petition and background of family tragedy; witnesses; petitioners signature; date admitted to the Asylum; Certificates of baptism/birth; personal letters; siblings; vaccination date.

The Caledonian Asylum was established for ‘the relief of the children of soldiers, sailors and mariners, natives of Scotland, who had died or been disabled in the service of their country; and the children of indigent Scotch parents residing in London, not entitled to parochial relief’. The Asylum (Caledonian Road) was unfortunately next to Pentonville Prison. As the inmates could see the boys and girls in their dainty highland dress, the directors agreed to look for a new site. The Royal Caledonian Education Trust is Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity. It began in 1815 as the Caledonian Asylum and today the charity continues to put the children of Armed Forces at the heart of everything they do. The charity seeks a world where Scottish children of the Armed Forces are enabled to reach their full potential and for some, they need that bit of extra support and help. Whether it is providing a grant in times of crisis or providing resources, advice and training for teachers to use in schools – they are absolutely committed to giving children of the Armed Forces every opportunity to achieve and thrive. To find out more or donate, please go to http://www.rcet.org.uk.

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Petition Book Vol 1: Dec 1819-Mar 1824
Covers Petitions no. 1-73
Reference: LMA/4710/C/02/01/001
(available Nov 2018)
Petition Book Vol 2: Jun 1824-Jan 1831
Covers Petitions no. 74-160
Reference: LMA/4710/C/02/01/002
(searchable database planned 2019)
Petition Book Vol 3: Mar 1831-Dec 1840
Covers Petitions no. 161-286
Reference: LMA/4710/C/02/01/003
(searchable database planned 2019)
Petition Book Vol 4: Dec 1839-Mar 1843
Covers Petitions no. 287-364
Reference: LMA/4710/C/02/01/004
(searchable database planned 2019)
Petition Book Vol 5: Sep 1843-Jul 1857
Covers Petitions no.366-526
Reference: LMA/4710/C/02/01/005
(searchable database planned 2019)
Petition Book Vol 6: Nov 1853-Aug 1856
Covers Petitions no.78-115
Reference: LMA/4710/C/02/01/006
(searchable database planned 2019)
Petition Book Vol 7: Petitions A from 1865-1951
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/007
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 8: Petitions B from 1861-1951
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/008
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 9: Petitions C from 1866-1951
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/009
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 10: Petitions D from 1873-1951
Ref: LMA/4710/D/02/01/010
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 11: Petitions E from 1875-1952
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/011
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 12: Petitions F from 1871-1954
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/012
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 13: Petitions G from 1872-1946
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/013
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 14: Petitions H from 1867-1958
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/014
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 15: Petitions I from 1873-1932
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/015
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 16: Petitions J from 1873-1948
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/016
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 17: Petitions K from 1867-1945
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/019
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 18: Petitions L from 1861-1954
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/020
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 19: Petitions Mc from 1860-1953
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/021
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 20: Petitions Mac from 1875-1949
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/022
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 21: Petitions M from 1866-1950
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/023
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 22: Petitions N from 1871-1948
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/024
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 23: Petitions O from 1879-1943
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/025
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 24: Petitions P from 1863-1993
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/026
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 25: Petitions R from 1870-1954
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/027
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 26: Petitions S from 1865-1951
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/08
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 27: Petitions T from 1872-1978
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/029
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 28: Petitions U from 1889-1951
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/030
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 29: Petitions V from 1894-1956
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/031
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 30: Petitions W from 1866-1979
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/031
Information less than 100 years is sealed
Petition Book Vol 31: Petitions Y from 1876-1978
Ref: LMA/4710/C/02/01/033
Information less than 100 years is sealed

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