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School Temperance Society

A Temperance Pledge signed by James Owens of Balfour Street, Maryhill, in 1914.

The Scottish temperance movement began with the founding of societies in Maryhill and Greenock in 1829. The objective of its adherents was to combat drunkenness. Members of temperance organisations were originally urged to abstain only from strong spirit beverages such as whisky and rum, but "teetotal" temperance societies soon arose which opposed the consumption of all alcoholic drinks. The temperance movement spawned many societies dedicated to educating the young on the evils of drink, and young Master Owen was "signed up" by one of them, the School Temperance Society.

Reference: SP.2002.70.220

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

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