Aged 12 years 6
months could read a little in the childs instructor. Was in the habit of begging
and stealing. For the latter of which he was sent to the county prison. Altho I
may here remark that poor James was compeled either to beg steal or starve; this
much I learned from his mother's door neighbours. The first crime after
admission was thieft. The first four months after he came to school he was
guilty of thieft two or three different times, he also deserted school ten or
twelve times, but during the last eight or nine months that he was at school
there appeared to be a decided alteration, both in his sentiments and manners.
by this time James had a desire to learn a trade. Accordingly upon 11th april
1850 he was bound as an apprentice for three and a half years; to William
Heron, weaver, Kirklands, Maybole.
his master says he is the best apprentice he has ever had. he is both quiet
honest and obedient; and very attentive to his work; and also agreeable and kind
to his shop mates.
some time after james left school he gave over attending either church or
sabbath school: I called on him to learn the reason why he did not attend as
formerly; but James having no father and his mother being regardless of her or
his everlasting peace; he was allowed to spend the sabbath as he thought proper;
his mother said that he was confined all week and she thought he would be better
of the fresh air on the sabbath. when James left school he was a good reader in
the bible, could write a good hand and was as fare as reduction in arithmetic.
March 3 1854
James Bashford is at present engaged with Phillip Dunlop, coal carter, maybole
where he is conducting himself in a respectable manner and meriting the esteem
of his employer.
10 years of age,
mother dead. Was brought to school 29th of January 1849 - he did not know
a letter of the alphabet; he stayed at school up to the 26th of May 1849
at which time his father left Maybole; and taken his family with him they went
to Glasgow; John at this time could read well in the testament
8th march 1854
John Paterson having removed to Glasgow at the time he left school we have had
no further word of him.
13 years of age
father dead; was brought to school the 29th day of January 1849. this boy
was well known to be a notorious thief and a town pest. He was ignorant as a
heathen, neither knowing a letter nor a God. Could not tell who made him: did
not think it a sin to steal or tell a lie; did not know where the wicked go
after death: could not say the lords prayer; never heard of jesus of heaven or
of hell except when pronounced with an oath; he deserted school 14 times. I
despaired of breaking in this boy. His mother is avery poor woman and was
obliged to take him home on purpose that he would assist her his work;
When he left school
he was a good reader in the bible and I am very happy to say that James is no
longer a thief nor a beggar; I have been frequently inquiring about him and so
far as I can learn he is doing well; I may farther state since he left school
which was on the 8th of Sept 1850 I find he has attended both church and
sabbath school and is very obedient.
Feb 14 - 1851.
james has returned to his old idle habits; in consequence of his mother
cohabiting with a man that would not suffer james to be in the house with him.
1854 James Thomson is now a
soldier having enlisted in the 4th regiment of foot and is at this time in
Aged 14 years 6
months was in the habit of running errands and wandering through the town:
having no settled employment and altho his parents were both alive he was so
notoriously bad that his parents had no control over him. Application having
been made by some of the inhabitance to take him off the street accordingly the
committee of the ragged school thought they would try: if school discipline
would tame this wild arab; and upon 5th of march 1849 William
was admitted into school at which time he did not know a letter of the alphabet.
Three or four days after he came to school; he told one of the boys that he
could not; nor would not put up with so much confinement.
Accordingly the next
day william deserted the school. He was brought back; and I then told him the
rules of the school; and what punishment was awarded for such conduct. William
being a big boy and having great need of instruction, I used all the means in my
power but all was in vain William would not submit to be punished for his bad
conduct: and he left school the 14th of july 1849 at which time he was a
good reader in the new testament. I may here remark that this boys feelings is
very easy wrought upon;
I have often thought
that if I had him at some distance from his fathers house; that something might
be done: but it is impossible so long as he remains at home.
Aged 12 years 6
months was brought to school upon the 5th of March 1849; could read none:
he was a remarkable quiet well disposed boy: but he was also stupid and dull in
learning. he stayed at school up to the 27th of April 1850 at which time
he went as an apprentice to William Fulton to learn the weaving when he went to
learn his trade; he was a good reader in the bible and could write a good hand.
Aged 12 years was a
very wild boy was a great fighter and swearer; his play fellows gave him the
name of bully: in consequence of his fighting he was brought to school the 29th
January 1849 did not know a letter of the alphabet: and I likewise beleive
that poor james was often compeled to go to the fields and steal turnips: for
his supper as he termed it, but I never heard of him being guilty of thieft
after he came to school the only crimes that he was guilty of was swearing and
fighting ; he was so accustomed to swearing that for some time after he came to
school and even when he was in the school he would pronounce an oath and appear
to be unconscious of what he was saying; he was also a very passionate boy and I
was backward for some time to punish him. I was affrayed that he would forsake
the school altogether as he had no relish for learning one day I called him up
and told him the danger of swearing; I like-wise told him a few denunceashums of
the bible against such: I also told that the next time he would be found guilty
that he might depend upon a good sound flogging. So strong is the power of habit
that for some days after that; he was affrayed to speake; and being asked the
reason for his dullness; he said he was afraid to speak for fear he would swear
the next evil that james was addicted to was fighting. Scarcely a day passed
without a complaint; and I saw that moral suasion was of no use; I then applied
the rod unsparingly and it had the desired effect. The last twelve months that
he was at school there was an entire change both in his customs and manners; he
was quiet obed ient and innofensive. By this time James was a rather bigish boy:
and was a good reader and writer; and was as far as reduction in arithmetick;
and it was thought advisable that he should be put to some trade.
Accordingly upon the
6th of january 1851 James was bound as an apprentice; to Mr John
Fergusson tailor Main Street Maybole; where he is at present and is doing well.
March 1854 James Henderson
is at this time in ayr prosecuting his trade and is a respectable well doing
young man as his general appearance and conversation would indicate.
Aged 12 years was
brought to school 11th march 1850 when he came to the school he could
read a little in the childs instructor; this boy so far as I could eather see or
learn: was both honest quiet and innoffensive; his father being dead and his
mother very poor: she was obliged to take him from school and put him to some
trade in hopes of receiveing part of his earning accordingly upon the 10th
august 1850 he went to William Heron Kirkland Maybole and is bund as an
apprentice to learn the weaving at which time he was a good reader in the bible
and could write a little.
6th March 1854
David Bashford is at present residing with Samuel McCulloch weaver Maybole where
he is following his trade being a handloom weaver and is doing well.
William Martin Coburn
Aged 13 years whose
father is dead was in the habit of begging both in town and country could read
none was brought to school upon the 12th of feb 1849. At which time he
had no where to lay his head his mother at that time being confined in the
county prison for thieft. William at the beginning appeared to be a stupid dull
boy and to have a very narrow ignorant mind but as he increased in learning the
mist of ignorance soon disappeared. He was also a very quiet boy and appeared to
be very happy at school for the space of four months. His mother at this time
being liberated from prison thought it more profitable to have him at the
begging. Accordingly upon the 14th of july she took him from school
notwithstanding his unwillingness to go he traveled the country with her for the
space of three weeks he then left her and came back to school at which he
remained to the 15th april 1850.
He then caught fever
and lingered a few weeks and departed this life.
Previous to his
death he was a good reader in the bible and he appeared to understand what he
Aged 12 years was
brought to school March 5th 1849 did not know a letter of the alphabet;
there was nothing remarkable in his history, he was a very quiet innoffensive
boy; the only trouble that I had with him: chiefly arose from his negligence to
learn his questions; for which I chastised him often. One day I asked the reason
why he did not endeavour to learn his questions; he appeared unwilling to give
an answer; at length he said that his mother was a member of the Church of Rome:
and that she did not allow him to learn the shorter catechism. After that I did
not insist but I endeavoured to impress on his mind the truths of the bible
which I thought would answer the same purpose. This mother was also against him
going to church; she said her boy was now upwards of 13 years of age and that he
was in danger of being taught what she called heresy; and she thought it would
be better for him to be without learning; than to have her boy taught error;
Accordingly upon the
12th of Dec 1850 she took him from school; at which time he was a good
reader of the bible.
14 years of age was
brought to school upon the 16th of July 1849. this boy was
well known to be a notorious thief and a public beggar, and his father being
dead his mother had no control over him; therefore he went on from one evel to
another. When he came to school he was ignorant as a heathen. Neither knowing a
letter nor a God; I used all the means in my power to tame this savage but all
was in vain. I think he deserted school 18 times; the last time he deserted
school was upon the 4th of June 1851; and upon the day following he was
taken before the magistrates of Maybole for some act of thieft; the sentence
they passed on Samuel for this crime was one night in prison and banishment out
of Maybole. when Samuel left school he was a good reader and writer.
26th March 1854
I am sorry to say that there has no reformation taken place in respect to either
the character or conduct of Samuel Thomson he having been lately convicted of
several acts of theft. He was sentenced upon the 23rd instant to incarceration
for the space of twelve months in Ayr prison.
aged 12 years mother
dead: did not know a letter of the alphabet, was brought to school upon the 29th
January 1849. He remained at school up to the 4th Feb 1850 at which
time, his father removed him from school that he might assist him in supporting
his small family. when James left school he was a good reader in the bible.
aged 8 years was
sent to school by the Maybole Parochial board upon the 14th of Augt 1849.
Did not know a letter of the alphabet. This was a very quiet harmless boy and an
apt scholar but he took such an aversation to the learning of questions that he
destroyed all the books that he could get his hands upon. I used every means in
my power to prevent it but all was in vain. The committee of the Ragged School
thought it advisable to remove him. Accordingly upon the 11th of Apr 1851
he was sent to the Maybole poorhouse at which time he was a good reader in the
june 1854 Andrew
McCulloch is yet an inmate of the poorhouse
11 years of age was
brought to school upon the 24th of Dec 1849. Did not know a letter of the
alphabet. He remained at school up to the 16th Dec 1850 at which time his
mother took him from school that he might keep house and take care of his
younger brothers and sisters while she was engaged in her out door labour
James was a well
disposed quiet boy and when he left school he was a good reader in the bible and
could write a little.
April 1854 James
Irvine has been apprenticed to mr Charles Crawford, shoemaker, Maybole where he
at present remains.
Aged 13 years (
father andmother both dead ) was sent to school by the Maybole Parochial board
upon the 13th of Janry 1850. When she came she could read part of the
alphabet. She remained at school until the 26th of May 1850 at which time
she went as a servant to Gallowhill. When she left she could read the testament.
8th Sept 1850
Helen is now gone to Greenock to serve.
Aged 14 years was
brought to school upon the 14th of July 1850. When he came to school he
could read part of the alphabet. Wlliam was a very stupid dull boy and would not
submit to be confined to school. He stayed five weeks and then left little or no
further advanced than when he came.
Aged 13 years mother
dead was brought to school 8th Oct 1849 did not know a letter
of the alphabet. This girl was notorious for telling lies and was very irregular
with her attendance. She remained at school up to the 27th Jan 1851 she
then left and went to serve in the Black Bull inn Kirkland Maybole. When she
left she could read the bible.
Came to school 17th
Sept 1849 when six and a half years of age, and left Jan 9th 1854. At
the time she entered school she could not read any but on leaving it read the
bible well and wrote a very legible hand.
She is at present
with her mother employed at handsewing.
An orphan and a
native of Maybole when ten and a half years of age was sent to the Ragged School
by the Parochial Board on 15th feb 1853, where he remained until 21
march 1854. When admitted to school he could read part of the alphabet but
being of a very unsettled disposition he was unwilling to submit to either
school attendance or discipline and so opposed to learning that he made but
little progress. The question book was also an object of his utter aversion and
when pressed to give attention to his lesson he would desert from school at the
first opportunity and frequently did so. On one occasion he absented himself for
the space of eight days during which time he disposed of his shoes stockings and
napkin and was at last found in Ayr Ragged school from where he was brought back
to Maybole and again sent to school where he remained until Mr MacCracken
(inspector) took an oportunity to examine the children belonging to the
parochial board in regard to their education. When he discovered that there was
little hope of James making much improvement in that respect and not wishing to
obtain any trade, Mr MacCracken procured a situation for him with a farmer where
he remained only a few weeks. He returned to Maybole where he is at present
strolling about the streets. On leaving school he was but an imperfect reader of
the new testament.
At the age of seven
and a half years being deserted by both his parents was taken up by the
parochial board and by it sent to the Ragged School 14th August 1849.
where he remained till 4th March 1854. At which time he was engaged in
the service of Mr & Mrs McMillan, paper warehouse-man Glasgow and continuing
about a year in his service he afterwards entered a cotton mill where he remains
so far as is known to me. When he came to school he had to start with the
alphabet, and on leaving could read and write well, and had gone as far as
decimal fractions in arithmetic, he was a well behaved boy and had a strict
regard to truth while under my care.
Came to the Ragged
School 3rd Oct 1853. He was at that time nine and a half years of age and
he continued his attendance untill 11th Feb 1854 when he was apprenticed
to Mr Charles Crawford shoe maker, Maybole where he is still, and doing well.
when admitted to school he could read part of the childs instructor, and on
leaving he could read the bible well, and wrote a legible hand, and was as far
as compound division in arithmetic.
When 11 years of age
came to the ragged school 15th Nov 1853 where she attended
until 6th of March 1854. When sent to school she could not read
any, on leaving she could read the new testament well, and has since lived with
When 8 years of age
came to the ragged school Nov 15th 1853 where he attended until June
15th 1857. When he was apprenticed to Mr A Goudie, clothier. On entering
school he could not read any, on leaving it he could read the bible, wrote a
legible hand and was as far as compound multiplication in arithmetic.
When eight years of
age was sent to the Ragged School by the Parochial Board of Maybole 30th of
Oct 1849 and remained an inmate thereof until the eleventh of July 1854.
When he was apprenticed to Mr John Ferguson tailor, where he has conducted
himself in such a manner as to meet the approval of his master. When sent to
school he could read part of the new testament, on leaving it he could read and
write well, and was as far as decimal fractions in arithmetic.
Came to the Ragged
School January 16th 1854 where she remained until March 15th
1854. When she was removed to the poor-house and has since went to service.
on leaving school she could read the new testament.
Came to the Ragged
School Nov 29th 1852 where she attended until Feb 7th 1854. When
sent to school she could not read any, on leaving, she could read the bible,
wrote legibly and was as far in arithmetic as compound multiplication. she is at
present living with her mother.
1858 Agnes Sloan is at this time serving with a cottager on the farm of
Mochrum, parish of Kirkoswald and is doing well.
Was sent to Maybole
Ragged School by Lady H.Blair May 30th 1855 where he remained until May
17th 1858. At the time he came to school he was seven years of age, but
could not read the alphabet. on leaving it he could read the bible, wrote a
legible hand and was as far as reduction in arithmetic. He was a well behaved
boy and Lady H. Blair has provided for his being employed at Blairquhan.
Came to the Maybole
Ragged School Nov 16th 1853. At that time he could not read the alphabet.
He confined at school up to April 16th 1860 with the exception of long
intervals such as 5 and perhaps 8 months at once. Notwithstanding, upon leaving
he could read fluently, write legibly and was as far as reduction in arithmetic.
Mr Goudie took him
as an apprentice taylor and the same qualities which characterised him while
under my care, I am happy to say still cling to him. He is doing well I believe.
Came to Maybole
Ragged School 29th May 1855 left April 7th 1860 and upon
leaving he could read well, write a very fair hand and was as far as simple
proportion in arithmetic. He was strong and well grown in proportion to his
years. There were attached to him two of the best qualities that humanity can
have ie, truthfulness and honesty. His uncle with whom he resided took him to
Glasgow along with him
Robert Shaw and John Shaw
came to Maybole Ragged School August 7th 1854 left April 16th 1860
when they could read the bible well, write beautifully and were as far as
reduction in arithmetic. Mr Crawford engaged them as apprentices with the
intention to learn them to be shoe and boot makers. The superintendant remarks
of Robert that he is a very apt scholar at his trade although otherwise while at
school. I believe that they are both doing well.
Came to Maybole
Ragged School April 24th 1854 could not read the alphabet. Left May
9th 1860. He was very irregular in his attendance at school. Notwithstanding
when he left he could read pretty well, write legibly and was as far as compound
division. Mr Nimmo engaged him
as an apprentice taylor from whom I expect to hear something favourable before