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Here we are providing some information on the history of Education in Scotland

While we are constrained by copyright regulations meantime to publish, as pdf files, two of the most comprehensive volumes ever written about the history of Scottish education up to 1969, we feel it important to alert scholars and interested readers to the availability of the following volumes in libraries, or for purchase,

Volume One: From the beginning to 1872
SEN 340 07157 5

Volume Two: From 1872 to the present day
SEN 340 09548 2

James Scotland, Principal of Aberdeen College of Education (1969)
University of London Press Ltd.
St Paul’s House, Warwick Lane, London, EC4

The value the above publications can be gauged initially not only from their extensive bibliographies, but also from this quotation from the first paragraph of the Preface, common to each of the two volumes.

“It is more than forty years since Alexander Morgan published his Rise and Progress of Scottish Education. John Kerr’s Scottish Education, School and University came out before the First World War. And these are the only two histories of education in this country which may be reasonably claimed to be complete. …… ….. There seems …. to be a place for a new comprehensive history, and this book attempts to fill it.”

Recommended Bibliography for the study of the History of Scottish Education

Scottish Education - Schools and University
From early times to 1908 by John Kerr, M.A., LL.D. (1910)
History of the High School of Stirling
Eight centuries of Scottish Education by A. F. Hutchison, M.A. (1904)
The New High School of Stirling at Torbrex in 1962
Globe Readers
These are 5 books that were compiled by Professor Murison when he was Master of English at The Grammar School in Aberdeen. They were intended to teach the English language, spelling and grammar and also to educate the children on nature, history, geography and science.
Old pictures of Scottish Universities

Literary Landmarks of the Scottish Universities by Laurence Hutton (1904)
Edinburgh University (pdf)
Glasgow University (pdf)
Aberdeen University (pdf)
Studies in the History and Development of the University of Aberdeen
A Quatercentenary Tribute paid by certain of her Professors of her devoted sons edited by P. J. Anderson, M.A., LL.B. (pdf)
St Andrews University (pdf)
Brief History of Glasgow University (pdf)
Education of the Highlander
By Professor Blackie (1877)
An Introduction to Arithmetic
The One Hundred and First Edition by James Gray (pdf)
Biography of John Kerr HMI
By John Henderson (pdf)
Other Memories Old and New
By John Kerr
History of the Burgh and Parish Schools of Scotland
By James Grant M.A. (1876) (work in progress)
Memories Grave and Gay
Forty Years of School Inspection by John Kerr LL.D.
The Church and Education in the Highlands
By The Rev. Donald Masson
The Parochial Schools of Scotland
A two part article from Tait's Edinburgh Magazine (pdf)
The Educational Institute of Scotland
Its Origin, History, and Objects
Bulletin of the Scottish Centre for Social Subjects
December 1973 (pdf)


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