TOWNHEAD PUBLIC SCHOOL NOW KNOWN AS STONEHOUSE PRIMARY

Whilst Stonehouse Primary School  currently occupies the footprint of the old Townhead Primary school, a school has been located on or near the exisitng footprint since the late 1700’s.  According to Robert Naismith’s book on Stonehouse the first purpose built school in Stonehouse opened in 1781 in King Street.  This was followed by a new parish school, built in 1853, which was located ‘a short distance from old one’, (in Townhead Street?).

It was enlarged in 1870 and ‘enclosed with a neat wall’.   A new house for the headmaster was also built near the Free Manse (in Hill Road?) called Sauchrie Cottage. (Naismith (1895) pp82-85).

The Free Church School in Hill Road (1851 – 1881) was leased to the Stonehouse School Board for one year in 1881, under the name of Hill Academy, while Townhead Street School was under construction.

On 9th January 1882 Townhead Public School was opened by the School Board.

The Toonheid’ as this school was generally known in early days was built in 1881 at a cost, including site, of upwards of £2,000.  Its location was where the present school is, at the corner of Townhead Street and Sidehead Road. The first Headmaster, Mr Alexander McIntosh had been teaching in Stonehouse for nine years before the school was built.  He came to the village in 1872 as teacher in the Subscription School and two years later he was appointed to the Free Church School in Hill Road where he remained until, under the School Board of Stonehouse, he then moved to the Parish School in Townhead Street now as Townhead Public School.

The group have a number of documents that relate to the school in relation to

a) The Education Department

b) Teacher References

c) Pupil Exemption Certificates

d) Index of pupils who achieved Standard Grade VI including their autograph

e) Headmasters diary / log 1881-1947

f) Hamilton Advertiser Articles by Jean Leishman

g) School Admissions Records

These are all in process of being scanned and categorised into the above  headings and will be added as time permits.

A) Education Department 

Over the years a number of education department circulars and reports were produced which instructed schools on what had to be taught as well as measuring how well the school was doing. The following links are a series of reports and circulars produced since around 1899.

Education Reports and Circulars

B) Teacher References

A number of the early teacher references were salvaged and these are attached for reference.

C) Certificate of Exemptions (for attending evening classes)

Whilst working and supporting the family was important in these days, education was also recognised as being important and a number of pupils who signed up to carry out evening classes were exempt from attending day school.

These are a copy of the original certificates that were saved and digitised.

D) Index of Pupils who achieved Standard Grade 6

Autographs from some of the pupils who achieved standard grade VI were taken from the pupils and are contained in a book held by the group. This book also detailed their address, age and additional comments. Listed below is an alphabetical index of the pupils who achieved standard grade V1 between 1882 and 1894.

INDEX OF TPS SCHOLARS WHO ACHIEVED GRADE VI 1882-1894

PAGE NUMBERYEARSURNAMEFIRST_NAME
131882AllanMaggie
131882StruthersKatie
131882BrownGrace
141882HamiltonJeanie S.
141882WhyteElizabeth
141882GrayJessie
151882MuterAlexander
151882JamiesonRobert
151882LewisAndrew
161882FroodJohn
171883HamiltonThomas
171883MenziesGeorge
171883ThomsonKate
181883LawrieMaggie
181883HamiltonJeanie
181883MartinMary
191884JamiesonHelen
191884SandilandsJessie
191884McWhirterJeanie
191884BairdAnnie
191884PellingJanet
201884ShearerMaggie
201884FroodJames
201884AllanJames
201884WyperAlex
201884StruthersWilliam
211884BarrieGavin
211884SmallJames
211884BurnsHugh
211884ThomsonArchie F.
211884MillarArchie
221885PlenderleithJames
221885BarieJames
221885LeggateRobert
231885WilsonThomas
231885WoodJames
231885HamiltonAgnes
241885MilesMarion
241885JacksonEuphemia C.
241885WeirMaggie
251885ShearerMarion
261886WattJames
261886HamiltonThomas
261886HamiltonRobert
271886TorranceAlex
271886HamiltonMatthew
271886MuirAndrew
281886BrownlieAlex
281886CraigBella
281886GrayKate
291886GilfillanMaggie
291886SandilandsLizzie
301887CraigJohn
301887MilesJohn
301887HamiltonWilliam
311887SteeleJohn
311887BrownJames
311887PellingPeter
321887HamiltonLizzie
321887LawrieMaggie
321887BarrieBethia
331887WhyteAnnie
331887WilsonJessie
331887MuterAgnes
341887BrownChristina