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Oates
19-02-2009, 9:15 PM
I believe I have an ancestor at Dumfries and Maxwelltown Ragged & Reformatory School on Burns Street in 1871. I don't suppose anyone knows if there are any remaining records or anything for the school?

I've tried searching google and TNA but not found anything other than a list of the superintendents, when it opened and closed and such. Apparently it became all boys in 1877 so my ancestor can't have stayed there too long, being female.

Jan1954
19-02-2009, 9:39 PM
Hello Oates,

Why not whizz off an email to the Dumfries & Galloway Archives (http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1392&contactid=3770) to see if they can advise you?

Oates
19-02-2009, 9:40 PM
Hello Oates,

Why not whizz off an email to the Dumfries & Galloway Archives (http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1392&contactid=3770) to see if they can advise you?

Aye, that was my next plan. Infact, while I was looking for that, I ended up sending an email to a different archive about another ragged school. Would children in a workhouse be likely to have attended a ragged school or were there separate provisions?

Jan1954
19-02-2009, 9:46 PM
Would children in a workhouse be likely to have attended a ragged school or were there separate provisions?I think that they were separate institutions. The idea behind Ragged Schools was to remove destitute children from any bad influences, give them an education and teach them a trade. Have a read of this (http://www.hiddenlives.org.uk/articles/raggedschool.html).

Oates
19-02-2009, 9:52 PM
I think that they were separate institutions. The idea behind Ragged Schools was to remove destitute children from any bad influences, give them an education and teach them a trade. Have a read of this (http://www.hiddenlives.org.uk/articles/raggedschool.html).

Funnily enough I read that same article earlier today. What I mean was, would children at a workhouse also attend the ragged school or was there usually a school within the workhouse?

Oates
19-02-2009, 10:07 PM
I've emailed Dumfries archives, but I was actually asking with regards to Stockport, Cheshire as I know I had ancestors in the workhouse there, but not whether they attended the ragged school. I've emailed Stockport archives too, and have emailed them in the past about the poor law hospital and workhouse there but the records they have don't cover the dates I'm looking for.

Oates
19-02-2009, 11:50 PM
Hi Oates.

This link (http://www.dgcommunity.net/historicalindexes/default.aspx) provides a variety of useful resources relating to 19th c. Dumfries.

Finbar.

That looks good Finbar. There's a possibility for her in the poor law section.