by David Law
7th of Jan 1850
6th Feb 1850
7th Mar 1850
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At Maybole this seventh day of January Eighteen Hundred and Fifty
following Members of Committee appointed to superintend The Maybole Ragged
School and for taking such steps as may be considered necessary for raising
funds and placing the Institution on a more permanent and efficient basis.
Revd Mr Dodds
Mr James Murdoch
Mr Alex Gemmell
Mr Mathew Gibson
Mr William Hannay
Mr R. McMillan
Murdoch is chosen Chairman in the absence of Mr Dykes the Convener.
Secretary reported to the meeting that in compliance with the
request of the General Meeting hels on twenty fourth October last,
he had got the report printed and had circulated about one hundred
and eighty copies, and that the oversight committed in not embodying
the approval of the Revd Dodds motion in the Report had been
supplied by a circular statting that fact. He also begged to state
that he had received from Lady Hunter Blair a second subscription of
two pounds along with a parcel of her children's old clothes and
from Lady Dalrynple Fergusson of Kilkerran a subscription of two
pounds for both of which he had tendered the thanks of the
The Secretary stated that with the view of saving trouble and time
of the meeting, he had drawn up a few rules for the regulation of
the Institution for their consideration and the same having at the
request of the meeting been read over and considered xxxxxxx, Aand
such ammendments as seemed necessary made. Thereon the Meeting
approved of the same as ammended and which are of the following
That a small Sub Committee be appointed to consider and dispose of
all applications for admisssion into the school, and that in
disposing of such applications the Committee while they be regulated
by the circumstances of each case, will no doubt keep in view two
general rules which are thought to be worthy of notice and which
have been found useful hitherto - namely that of a strict enquiry
into the moral character of the parents or parent or other parties
in charge of the child or children and the ability of these parties
to afford maintenance and education and that in every case where
there is both moral qualifications and pecuniary ability, the
application be rejected and that the exception to the rule be those
cases where although pecuniary ability does exist, there is a want
of a moral or religious qualification for the training of the child
- and with regard to such exceptional cases if the child is admitted
that efforts be made to obtain such a stated weekly payment from the
paternal party as their, his or her circumstances may seem
reasonable. It is also earnestly recommended to the Sub Committee to
endeavour to find some sort of employment for such of the children
as may be of an age fitting for such.
2nd. That all aplications for admission into the school be lodged with the
Secretary and laid by him on the first Monday of each month before the Sub
Committee along with such information in relation thereto, regarding the
circumstances of the child, as will enable the Sub Committee to dispose of the
application, with power however to the Secretary in reference to all cases of
emergency, whether in relation to an application, or to any other matter
requiring immediate attention, to call a meeting of the Sub Committee, to
consider and dispose of the same.
3rd. To enable the Secretary to obtain the requisite information concerning
applications for admission, he is requested to associate with him in the
investigation any one or more members of the Committee, and it is expected that
the enquiry will embrace domicilary visits to the applicant's residence and
family, and a full examination into the whole circumstances.
4th. That the School be examined by the Sub Committee or quorum quarterly, and
commencing the first of these examinations on the last Wednesday of March next
and so on quarterly thereafter.
5th. For further promoting the efficiency and prosperity of the Institution, it
is resolved that two Ladies, be invited fortnightly in succesion, to visit the
School, the Secretary always giving previous notice to the Ladies by a card
intimating the day and hour when their visit is expected.
6th. That a General Meeting of all interested in the Institution be held
annually in the month of April when the Treasurer will exhibit a full account of
the income and expenditure and when also is expected that a report will be
produced and read of the progress which the Institution has made during the past
year and embodying such suggestions and recommendations as experience may
dictate calculated to promote it's further usefulness.
7th. That the Treasurer be requested to issue circulars under the auspices of
the Committee to the xxxxxx and others soliciting subscriptions for the present
year and as it will be proper that the Inhabitants of the town be waited upon
personally it is agreed that the town be subdivided into Districts and that two
gentlemen be appointed to obtain subscriptions in each District.
The meeting appoint
the Sub Committee above referred to, to consist of the following Gentlemen xxxx
The Revd Mr Menzies.
The Revd Mr Dodds.
The Revd Mr Thomson.
Mr N. Rennie.
Mr M Gibson.
Mr S Rennie.
Mr R McMillan.
- any three a quorum.
The Meeting divided
the town into the Districts underwritten and appointed the gentlemen whose names
are ammended thereto.
1. The Main Street on both sides commencing at Coral
Glen down to the Jail including Welltrees Street
} Mr Stewart
} Mr Nimmo
2. From the Jail down the Main Street to my Lord's Well
} Mr Murdoch
} Mr Hannay
3. The School Vennal and Greenside as far as Whitefaulds
} Mr R. McMillan
} Mr A. Gemmell
4. The Newyards on both sides as far as Lynstone and
} Mr Porteous
5. The Kirkwynd and Post Vennal including Barns
} Mr Main
} Mr Mr S. Rennie
6. The Kirklands commencing at Mr Rankine's house on
both sides down to Thomas Bell's house
} Mr xxx Baird
} Mr John Farquhar
7. Weaver Vennal onwards to Spout of Welltrees and
including the Coral Glen and Ballony
} Mr J Campbell
} Mr N Fergusson
The Secretary is
requested to hand to the Gentlemen of each District a collecting book.
The meeting having
considered the case of the girl McCafferty said to be aged about 13 years whose
Mother died lately and who is for the present without any means of support and
who has got no education, agree to receive her into the School for five weeks
till it is seen whether she has a claim on the Parochial Board or be otherwise
The Ragged School of Maybole sixth February Eighteen Hundred and Fifty
Convened the following Members of the Acting Committee -
Reverend Mr Dodds
Mr M. Brown
Mr R. McMillan
The Teacher reported
that the case of Helen McCafferty was brought before the Parochial Board when it
was arranged, that she is to continue in the Ragged School and be maintained for
one year at the rate of One Shilling and six pence per wek for food and
then took into consideration other claims lodged for admission to the School on
behalf of children since last meeting per took when the same were severally
considered. The meeting refused the claim for admission of Mary Fisher's son (14
years of age and can read a little)
Agnes Heggart's child on the condition of paying 2d per week, not charging the
first week and paying it each a Monday.
Hugh XXXXX child of Helen Fisher for one month and on condition that he ceases
to beg and if found begging to be dismissed.
Mrs Hendersons child on condition of paying 4d per week.
They admitted Henry Higgins on the condition of paying 9d per week also Edward
Higgins child of Mrs __________ on condition of paying 6d per week.
Messrs Murdoch and
Hannay reported that they had visited their District for subscriptions and had
obtained in whole £6-10/-
The Ragged School of Maybole seventh March Eighteen Hundred and Fifty
Revd Mr Dodds,
Revd Mr Thomson,
The meeting was
opened by prayer by the Reverend Mr Thomson.
The Teacher reported
that Mrs Henderson could not pay 4d per week for her child but she says that she
could pay 2d per week. The meeting agree to accept of her own proposal.
Mrs Kechie claims for the admission (P4 of Record Book) of two of her 3 children
(aged 5, 8, & 11) for whom she offers to pay 9d per week, having been
considered, are of opinion that as these children are supported by the Parochial
Board (who pay her 2/- per week for their support) the expense of their
education falls upon the Board & they request this be notified to the Chairman
of the Board.
Trousels claim (p4) for admission of her child of 8 and a half years was next
considered. She is not on the Board and offers 3d per week, has 3 other children
19, 14, & 11 from whom she gets no assistance they having all left her. The
meeting request the Teacher make further enquiry into the facts stated by her
and if true to receive the child.
claim for admission of her second child David Bashford aged 11 (p5) and her
offer to pay 4d per week agreed to.
The Meeting request
the Revd Mr Thomson to endeavour to prevail on Mr Gemmell Shoemaker to receive
the eldest son (James Bashford) as an apprentice or if he cannot, that he will
endeavour to prevail on some of his brothers in the trade to take him.
The meeting think it right to request the Teacher to desire the Parent or other
applicants for the admission of children along with the children or child to
appear at the monthly meeting that the Committee may satisfy themselves by
understanding that Wednesday is thought not generally convenient for several of
the members of Committee agree to meet on the first Thursday of next month and
to consider if that, or any other day be more suitable. Meeting closed with
prayer by the Reverend Mr Dodds.