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Highland Archive CentreMonday, December 2nd, 2019 5:08pm
We hold records for Grantown Female School from 1862 until 1890 from which point it was absorbed into the Grantown Grammar school. From looking through CM/5/6/1 - Grantown Female School Trustees Minute Book, 1862-1889, we read about the process of finding teaching staff, specifically in this case of finding a pupil teacher, a common practice in schools at that time. “The correspondent read the circular calling meeting for the purpose of appointing a pupil teacher in the room of Maggie Grant, whose term of apprenticeship has expired; and considering letter from Miss Burgess there anent, and letter from Inspector on Religious Knowledge, on the motion of the Reverend J Grant, seconded by Mr Bain, it was unanimously resolved to appoint Christina Cameron, Mains of Cromdale a pupil teacher in the usual terms.”
Highland Archive CentreFriday, November 29th, 2019 4:47pm
Patented to James Watt in 1780, Letter Books were widely used as a means to make copies of letters and from the 1870s became standard practice in offices, until the advent of the typewriter and carbon paper around the turn of the century. The principle of the ‘wet copy letter book’ was that a piece of very thin and unsized paper was moistened and placed on top of the fresh writing. The two layers were squeezed together either in a screw or roller press. A portion of the ink was transferred from the original paper to the thin tissue with the writing reversed as a mirror image, although it could still be read from the other side as the paper was so thin. However, this does make for slightly blurred writing, and considering you can also see the text from the next few pages underneath, it can make reading some of these letters a little difficult. We hold many letter books here at the Highland Archive Centre, and today we would like to show you CM/7/2/3, 1881-1888, where the Inspector of the Poor writes from Grantown on the 9th Oct 1884 about the case of someone who he says he can prove to be from the parish of Assynt. Parishes would pay money to those who they considered destitute or disabled but if it could be proved that the claimant was born in another parish, then the parish of birth would be asked to repay the money back to the parish who originally gave out the poor relief.
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Highland Archive CentreWednesday, November 27th, 2019 5:06pm
The Royal Inquiry of 1843 removed responsibility for the poor from the church. The Poor Law (Scotland) Act of 1845 subsequently established a system of parochial boards overseen by the Central Board of Supervision in Edinburgh. This minute book entry from the Cromdale Parochial Board, CM/7/1/1, was written in 1845 during the handover period from church to state. This relatively short entry informs us that there has been a unanimous decision to appoint the Rev. Grant as Cromdale Chairman, and also that the board have appointed Mr Charles Grant, farmer in Advie, to be Inspector of the Poor.