|Collection||Inverclyde Archives: Club and Society Records|
|Level of description||Fonds|
|Title||Greenock Ragged School Association, papers|
|Creator||Greenock Ragged School Association|
|Dates of Creation||1852-1869|
|Scope & Content||
Contains annual reports, 1852-1869.
|Extent of Description||2 booklets.|
1849 - Foundation of the Greenock Ragged School Association. 'It is the object of the Association to reclaim the neglected and destitute children of Greenock by affording them the benefit of a good common and Christian education, and training them to the habilts of regular industry so as to enable them to earn an honest livliehood and fit them for the duties of life. The plan upon which the school is conDucked is as follows: The children receive an allowance of food for their daily support; are instructed in reading, writing and arithmetic; trained to industry by employing them daily in such work as is suited to their years; and taught the truths of the Gospel, making the children receive suitable religious teaching.'
Greenock Ragged School Association reported in 1852 that "The Ragged Schools [were] intended for the very dregs of the community" Their purpose was to take paupers off the street and to provide for their support and education. A large number of Greenock's leading citizens were on the committee of this Association, as philanthropy was seen as an important 'mark of a man' at this time.
Greenock Ragged School Association