Find your ancestors in Scotland, Edinburgh Temperance Pledges 1886-1908

Did your Scottish ancestor sign a temperance pledge between 1886 and 1908? These temperance pledges were introduced by the United Presbyterian Church and originally called the Band of Hope Register. The index includes the names and ages of numerous children who signed the pledge.

The original records are housed at the National Records of Scotland and have been transcribed by the Scottish Genealogy Society in Edinburgh. The society published the transcriptions as Edinburgh, Broughton Place United Presbyterian Church - Band of Hope Register, 1886-1908. According to the society, the objective of the Band of Hope Register ‘was to teach children the importance and principles of sobriety and teetotalism’.

The amount of information found in record may vary depending on the amount of information recorded on the original pledge. You may find a combination of the following facts about your ancestor:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Birth year
  • Year
  • Event date
  • Address
  • Place
  • County and country
  • Previous address
  • Notes