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main image Poorhouse, Logierait, Perthshire
In the 19th century, local authorities were given increased powers and responsibilities. Among them was the power to raise money to house or otherwise support the poor who could not find work, and old people whose families could not look after them.

The Athole, Weem and Breadalbane Combination poorhouse at Logierait was built in 1864 by a group of 11 parishes working together.

Other functions were carried out by other kinds of local authority. Roads were maintained by the county and in 1872 school boards were set up to organise primary and secondary education. The existence of parallel authorities did not end until the Local Government (Scotland) Act of 1929.

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