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Lochgelly Tawse

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LOCATION: Newtonmore
DISTRICT: Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH: INVERNESS:Kingussie and Insh
CONTRIBUTOR: Am Baile
COLLECTION NAME: Highland Folk Museum Schoolhouse (photographs)
CREATOR: Clare Maclean
location map

A Lochgelly Tawse was once a common sight in schools across Scotland. A tawse was a thick leather strap cut into two or three tails at one end. The first Lochgelly tawse was made by a saddler named Philips, in the town of Lochgelly, for his brother and sister who were both teachers. The business passed on to the Dick family, also of Lochgelly, and their tawses were known for their quality. John Dick and Sons of Lochgelly manufactured their tawses for use in schools as corporal punishment. Official regulations for the use of the tawse, or belt, in schools state that the punishment should be inflicted in front of the other pupils. The pupil receiving the punishment was to hold out his or her hand, palm up, supported by the other hand. If more than one stroke was to be administered the hands should be swapped round after each stroke. The strap would be given as a punishment for a number of reasons ranging from disobedience and insolence to bad spelling and poor handwriting.

Knockbain School was a timber and corrugated iron kit school originally built in Kirkhill parish near Inverness. Kit schools such as this had a classroom, a cloakroom, a teacher's store and a toilet. Knockbain School was re-erected at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore in 1999 and has been set up to resemble a school in 1937.



IDENTIFIER: AB_HFM_SCHOOL_046

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