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Orphan Homes of Scotland, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire

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Orphan Homes of Scotland, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire

Aerial view of the Orphan Homes of Scotland, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire. The Homes, laid out as a village of cottage homes, were opened in 1878 by William Quarrier, a successful shoemaker from Greenock, who developed an interest in the welfare of deprived street children

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1878 Charitable Charity Country Side Deprived Fields Greenock Homes Orphan Orphanage Orphans Poverty Quarrier Renfrewshire Scot Land Shoe Maker Weir Welfare Workhouse Workhouses Will I Am


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Aerial View of the Orphan Homes of Scotland, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire (1950s): A Haven for Deprived Children in Scotland's Countryside This evocative aerial photograph captures the Orphan Homes of Scotland at Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire, Scotland, during the 1950s. Established in 1878 by the visionary Scottish philanthropist, William Quarrier, a successful shoemaker from Greenock, these Orphan Homes were designed as a 'village' of cottage homes, providing a nurturing and supportive environment for thousands of deprived and orphaned children. Quarrier, who developed a deep interest in the welfare of street children, sought to create a sanctuary where children could be rehabilitated and given a fresh start in life. The Orphan Homes, set amidst the picturesque countryside, were a stark contrast to the grim and overcrowded workhouses and institutions of the time. The village layout of the Orphan Homes, with its neatly arranged cottages, fields, and rural surroundings, is reminiscent of a quaint Scottish hamlet. The image transports us back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, offering a glimpse into the history of this remarkable charitable institution. Founded during the Victorian era, the Orphan Homes of Scotland played a pivotal role in the lives of countless children who, due to poverty, neglect, or other circumstances, found themselves without a family or a home. The Orphan Homes provided them with a safe and loving environment, where they could learn essential life skills and receive a good education, setting them on the path to a brighter future. This aerial photograph, with its sweeping view of the Orphan Homes, serves as a poignant reminder of the transformative power of compassion, kindness, and the belief that every child deserves a chance at a better life.

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