The Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre has a copy of the Kelso School Census of Children, taken circa 1885 (reference R/ED/1/57) [Note: the archive's catalogue gives a different date for the census, but circa 1885 was my estimate based on the details of people recorded in the census]. This gives information about children of school age living in the town at that time. Here is an example of the sort of information in the census:
|No.||Name of parents||Occupation||Residence||Name of each child||Age||School each child is attending||Remarks|
|154||William Anderson||Draper||Forestfield||Sarah C Anderson||12||Girls High School|
|George B Anderson||10||Kelso High|
|John W C Anderson||8||Kelso High||Twin|
|Jessie L Anderson||8||Maitland House||Twin|
|William Anderson||6||Kelso High|
|Agnes M Anderson||3|
Note: the family details here are fictitious, but based upon actual entries contained in this census.
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