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Application for English Master at Musselburgh Burgh School, 1872

These papers relate to John Gardiners application for the position of  new English Master at Musselburgh Burgh School. As well as letter outlining his desire and suitability for the post he also submitted a printed booklet of personal recommendations – very professional!

Unfortunately for him he was not the preferred candidate and the job was offered to Malcolm Ferries. Tragically though Mr Ferries died in Edinburgh while travelling to take up the post. John Gardiner was appointed in his place.

School notebook belonging to John Reid, 1875

School notebook belonging to John Reid, 1875

This notebook is amongst our collection for Aberlady School. This notebook has been used from either end. Inside front cover reads ‘John P Reid’ Aberlady Public School 1st March 1875′. Volume contains various pen drawings of plants and flowers. From the other end of the book there is musical notation for a variety of songs (mostly Scottish).

Haddington Sunday School

Haddington Sunday School Minute Book, 1790

Haddington Sunday School was fairly shortlived. Running from 1790 to 1794 it closed due to lack of pupils and money. This volume details the opening and cloingof the school, appointment of teachers, intake of pupils and financial accounts.

At the end of the minutes is the manuscript chapter on the history of the Sunday School written by John Martine. The chapter features in his Reminiscences book.

Dunbar Primary, 1942

Dunbar Primary, 1942

If anybody wanted to research the weather in East Lothian then the school log books would be a great place to start! Due to the difficulty of travel the weather played a large part in attendance numbers so it was often noted as in this two page sample from Dunbar Primary School.

Paris Scrapbook, Preston Lodge School

Paris Scrapbook, Preston Lodge School

Paris Scrapbook, Preston Lodge School

Paris Scrapbook, Preston Lodge School

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Scrapbooks collected by Preston Lodge pupils during their trip to Paris in 1960. We also have scrapbook albums for further trips. The volumes are a mix of photographs, tickets stubs and receipts and reports written by the pupils on various aspects of the trip. There are also details about the accommodation they stayed at and the itinerary for the trip is also included.

Haddington Burgh Minutes, 1690

Haddington Burgh Minutes, 1690

Also on display is a volume of Haddington Burgh Minute Book from 1609. In this extract pictured, William Bowie, schoolmaster at the burgh school complains that children are being taken out of his school and being put in a school in the Nungate because it was cheaper. The Town Council ordered that children were not allowed to attend school within 1 mile radius of the burgh school under heavy penalty and eventual banishment.




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