CollectionEndowed Schools

Documents, including letters of appointment, deeds of foundation, returns and reports of endowed schools, including Erasmus Smith foundation schools in the dioceses of Meath, Killaloe and Raphoe. Statutes, maintenance, fees, curricula with material relating to the payment of teachers and number and attendance of boarders day pupils, and free students.
Most of these documents probably deal with boys' schools, though the only reference might be to 'children' or 'Protestant children'. For example, Viscount Weymouth's Grammar School in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, 1711 [P40/4] does not stipulate boys but refers to the children and youth of the baroney of Farney .. and especially they who live in the Lands and Estate of the said Baroney belonging to the Founder, be taught gratis by the Master' but goes on to recommend a course of action for dealing with 'every stubborn or refractory Lad'.
One letter, from a Mr Henry MacLean [?] of Rathfarnham replying to the enquiries of the Archbishop of Cashel does however mention that 'There is a School (besides that of the Parish) in the Demesne of Bushy Park in which Fifty Female Children are fed, cloathed and educated at the sole expense of Mrs Shaw the Lady of Robt. Shaw Esq. Member of Parliament for the City of Dublin', November 1811 [P40/19].

The master of the Erasmus Smith Free School on Valentia Island reported on conditions, costs and buildings in 1788 [P40/12], saying that 'Most of those Schollars have been Constantly detained by their Parents great part of the Forenoons at their Country business', and ends: 'Yet, howsomever Numerous thse Poor Schollars are, I am in no way inclined to exclude any of them'.
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AccessBy prior appointment.
Century18th, 19th
Repository NameUCD Archives
AddressJames Joyce Library UCD Belfield Dublin 4
EircodeD04 R7R0
Telephone(01) 716-7555
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