Recipes from Scotland 1680s to 1940s

Soups and broths

Soup for the poor

Patrick Colquhoun from Dumbarton set up the first British soup kitchens in London in the 1790s.

He aimed to provide temporary relief to the poor and educate them in making nutritious soups of meat and vegetables at little cost.

The Aberdeen Soup Kitchen was established as a charity to feed the needy in 1800. It operated until the 1990s, when it was converted to a café, as its original purpose was thought no longer necessary.

Today food banks operate throughout Britain supplying donations of food to those in need. Tins and packets of soup are greatly appreciated.

Photo of exterior of a building used as a soup kitchen

Aberdeen Soup Kitchen, around 1980. By permission of Aberdeen City Libraries.

Soups and broths