The Free Church School in Hill Road (1851 – 1881) was opened in the year 1851 and was run by the church congregation until 1880, when it was disposed of under the Free Church of Scotland School Properties Act, 1878, and became private property.
The 1872 Education (Scotland) Act
This act marked a watershed in Scottish education and had an immediate effect on teacher training.
For the first time elementary education was made compulsory for all children aged between 5 and 13. The existing parish and burgh schools were taken over by the state and managed by locally elected School Boards.
The new system was co-ordinated nationally by the Scotch Education Department with the curriculum emphasising the teaching of reading, writing, and arithmetic (the three ‘Rs’).
The churches made a crucial contribution to the new system by handing over their schools without charge to the School Boards. At this time the Free Church supported 548 schools across Scotland together with 584 teachers.
The empty school building was then leased to the Stonehouse School Board for one year in 1881, under the name of Hill Academy, while Townhead Street Public School was under construction as their lease had expired and they rented the E.U. Church until the new school was erected at Townhead Street in 1881.
Unfortunately Hill Road School was destroyed by fire in November 1936.
The group has a book of autographs in its possession which features signatures of the pupils who achieved standard grade VI. . This book also detailed the pupils address, age and has additional comments listed although it is not know who made the comments. Listed below is an alphabetical index of the pupils who achieved standard grade V1 between 1877 and 1881 along with comments.
Please note that the physical autographs can be viewed at our resource room by appointment (contact the group via email firstname.lastname@example.org) or join the group to access all records in the members area for £11.00 per annum.
|BOOK PAGE||YEAR||PUPIL SURNAME||FIRST_NAME||ADDRESS||TOWN||AGE||ADDITIONAL COMMENTS|
|11||1881||Barrie||Hugh||37 New Street||Stonehouse||12|
|9||1880||Borland||Susan||26 Angle Street||Stonehouse||12|
|4||1879||Brown||Archibald||6 Queen Street||Stonehouse||12||Bank Clerk. Teller 1889.|
|1||1877||Brown||William||25 Camnethan Street||Stonehouse||12||Served his time in the Post Office then died.|
|7||1880||Frood||William||4 Queen Street||Stonehouse||12|
|7||1880||Hamilton||James||7 New Street||Stonehouse||12|
|3||1877||Leitch||Rachel||21 New Street||Stonehouse||13||21/2/1894 A dress maker.|
|1||1877||Loudon||James||19 Camnethan Street||Stonehouse||12|
|5||1880||McLarty||Donald||31 New Street||Stonehouse||13||21/2/1894 At present barman with A. Taylor, Strathaven|
|12||1881||Millar||Maggie||10 Trongate Street||Stonehouse||12|
|11||1881||Millar||William||3 Boghall Street||Stonehouse||14||Died July 1889.|
|11||1881||Pelling||Andrew||33 Lawrie Street||Stonehouse||11|
|1||1877||Shearer||James||28 Townhead Street||Stonehouse||13||21/2/1894 Reporter and Compoutor on Hamilton Advertiser Staff|
|9||1880||Shearer||Maggie||14 Trongate Street||Stonehouse||14|
|6||1880||Struthers||Allan||Broomfield||Dalserf||13||Went out to Australia for health and died soon after arriving there 1889|
|4||1879||Thomson||Ann||4 Trongate Street||Stonehouse||13||Served time as a Pupil Teacher. Now ex-Pupil Teacher at Sandford School.|
|1||1877||Thomson||James||14 Camnethan Street||Stonehouse||13||Served as a Pupil Teacher then went into business in Glasgow.|
|4||1879||Thomson||James||Hill Road||Stonehouse||11||Served as a Pupil Teacher, went to the normal in the 1st Class and came out 1st. Teaching in etc et|
|11||1881||Thomson||James||27 Lockhart Street||Stonehouse||12|
|11||1881||Thomson||James||4 Trongate Street||Stonehouse||11|
|3||1877||Thomson||Jane||4 Trongate Street||Stonehouse||13||21/2/1894 At present Certificated Mistress in Duke Street Public School, Larkhall|
|6||1880||Twaddle||John||35 New Street||Stonehouse||13|
|3||1877||Wallace||Maggie||1 Union Street||Stonehouse||13|
|1||1877||Watt||William||43 Lockhart Street||Stonehouse||11||21/2/1894 A Teacher in English in SKerry's Civil Service Clause, Edinburgh|