Rev. Canon Charles Jupp and the Aberlour Orphanage
The Reverend Canon Charles Jupp was ordained in 1868 and
became Rector of St. Margaret’s Church in Aberlour from
1874. He was warden and founder of an orphanage there in
1875 when he began a lifetime’s work with destitute
The first home was a small four-room cottage on the banks
of the River Lour in Speyside for “four mitherless
Canon Jupp was a fervent fund raiser and became known as
“The Beggar of the North” for his activities including
door-to-door collections and sales of unwanted clothes.
Within three years a new building was created which
accommodated 30 children. Seven years on the Aberlour
Orphanage had room for 100 children and continued to grow
despite the intervention of two World Wars.
Times changed however, and the use of large residential
homes ceased as children were placed in smaller, family
type, care homes. By the mid-1970’s the Aberlour Child
Care Trust, as it had become, had 11 children’s homes
spread across Scotland. Moving with the times the focus of
the Trust now is on developing services for disadvantaged
children and young people in Scotland.
The Trust gives examples in its 1999 Annual Report of the
issues that in the 21st century confound attempts to get
families and children out of their despair:
“The parent who
is too heavily in debt, too ill or who has too many
caring responsibilities” that prevent a return to work.
“…locked into a vicious cycle of low incomes, low
aspirations and low achievement on housing estates where
loan sharks and drug dealers flourish.”
is a concrete posted area which is usually full of dogs
mess and syringes, and housing is in an old tenament
with no lifts….”
locks them most firmly into unemployment and the poverty
trap as they cannot afford to take the lowly paid jobs
that are available”
“About “one in
seven young people run away from home and stay away
overnight … “
“The number of
children diagnosed with autism has increased
dramatically over the past decade…
So the problems for the children continue but thanks to
the likes of Rev. Canon Jupp there is an organisation
ready to help them.
William Quarrier and the Quarrier Homes.