Minutes of the Maybole Ragged School - Page 28
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Maybole 28 May 1851

Present Mr R McMillan Mr Brown

The claim of Robert Closs who requests his child - a boy aged 8 who can neither read nor write, to be admitted to the School and who assures that so soon as trade brings him employment, he will pay a weekly allowance of 3d per week from the date of his admission was considered.

The Meeting authorise the teacher to receive the boy on payment of the proposed allowance of three pence per week for the period of four weeks - and to give credit for that period of the allowance, but if the same is not then paid the Meeting will consider whether they will longer allow him to remain.

The teacher stated that Jas. Henderson, one of the boys taught at the School, is now an apprentice tailor with Mr John Fergusson, who is highly satisfied with his service and his behaviour - that hitherto Mr Fergusson has supplied him with victuals each day except Sunday and with clothes, and that he sleeps in his Motherís room - but that she is about to leave having been deprived of her room from inability to pay for it and is obliged to beg - and she is most anxious that her boy be provided with a bed