Scottish Schools and Schoolmasters, 1560-1633

Scottish Schools and Schoolmasters, 1560-1633

John Durkan

Edited by Jamie Reid-Baxter


Scottish History Society



A rich and comprehensive picture of schools and school education in early modern Scotland.
1560 is a crucial date in the development of Scottish education, for it was in this year that the First Book of Discipline set out its ambitious project of providing a school in every notable town. This book, the result of exhaustive archival research and extensive use of the Registers of Deeds (which offer evidence of schoolmasters so described, as witnesses to legal documents), provides an indepth and wide-ranging analysis of education during the period, considered in its full religious, social and cultural setting. The curriculum receives particular attention, with its emphasis on music drawn out. The volume also presents a list of all identified Scottish schools and schoolmasters from the Protestant Reformation down to 1633.

The late Dr John Durkan (1914-2006), historian and schoolmaster and a co-founder of the Innes Review, left a published legacy of hundreds of articles on Scottish intellectual and religious life in the Middle Ages and Renaissance and helped change the face of Scottish historiography. He was latterly a Senior Honorary Research Fellow of his alma mater, Glasgow University.


October 2013
468 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Scottish History Society Fifth Series
ISBN: 9780906245286
Format: Hardback
Scottish History Society
BISAC HIS015000, HIS037020, EDU016000
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Table of Contents

Section I: Schools before the Reformation
Section II: The impact of the Reformation
Section III: Schools after the Reformation
Section IV: Schoolbooks, grammarians and schoolmaster poets
Section V: Subjects other than grammar
Section VI: Schoolmasters and their status
Section VII: Schooling in the Highlands
Section VIII: Final considerations and Conclusions
List of Early Schools and Schoolmasters in Scotland, 1560-1633
Supplementary List: Schools and Schoolmasters after 1633


(A) monumental book.. a wonderfully rich source of information but also a pleasure to read. JOURNAL OF THE EDINBURGH BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY

(A) fantastic addition to histories of both Scotland and early modern provides an incredible breadth of information to refine research processes with financial, religious, administrative, social, and political lenses. Durkan's work teems with unanswered research questions that will surely guide scholars for years to come. INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF SCOTTISH STUDIES