The History of Leith

September 8, 2011

The schoolmaster of South Leith

24 May 1659.—The whilk day Mr Robt. Pow schoolmr of ye grammer school petitioned the Session that it would please yr wisdoms to augment his stipend and to have 200 merks yeirlie during his abod as schoolmr (qras for ye present he haith but 100 Ibs. Scots.) and also to a doctor (being a qualified man) 100 merks Scots yearlie in stipend to sustain him in bed and board and so no to go throw with ye bairns per vices to denner and supper and the first tearms payment of both to be at Mertimas next. The sessione unanimuslie did condescend they attending dilligentlie and painfull in educatting the children committed to their chairge.
(Note.—200 merks, or about £11 sterling, was the maximum salary authorised by Act of Parliament. Besides his salary the schoolmaster got fees from the pupils for the various subjects taught. Vide Minutes of 8th October 1629 and 19th October 1655, supra. The custom of the teacher being boarded by the parents of the scholars in turn was more common in the country than in the town.)

source-South Leith Records

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