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Wigtownshire - Education, 1851

A census of Religious Worship and Education was taken in 1851at the same time as the census of population. A summary of the results was published in a British Parliamentary Paper in 1854.

The information on education tells us, amongst other things, the number of different schools and the number of scholars in March 1851.

The whole report has been made available by the University of Essex and is available online at histpop.

The table for Schools in Wigtownshire is as follows:

Wigtownshire. Population: 43389

Description of Schools Number of Schools Number of Scholars
Belonging to the Schools Attending on the day of the Census
Both sexes M. F. Both sexes M. F.
 
Day Schools 101 5528 3187 2341 4678 2692 1986
 
Public Day Schools 59 4076 2507 1569 3406 2085 1321
Private Day Schools 42 1452 680 772 1272 607 665
 
Classification of Public Schools
Class I - Supported by General or Local Taxation 21 1530 968 571 1296 819 477
Class II - Supported by Endowments 6 331 219 112 263 183 80
Class III - Supported by Religious Bodies 27 1829 1015 814 1528 830 698
Class IV - Other Public Schools 5 377 305 72 319 253 66
 
Class I
Burgh Schools 5 294 169 125 253 145 108
Parochial Schools 16 1245 799 446 1043 674 369
 
Class II
Endowed Schools 6 331 219 112 263 183 80
 
Class III, Supported by:
Established Church 16 953 489 464 817 410 407
Free Church 9 758 493 265 612 392 220
Episcopal Church 2 118 33 85 99 28 71
 
Class IV
Industrial Schools 1 20 20 - 20 20 -
Other Subscription Schools, of no specific character 4 357 285 72 299 233 66
 
Sabbath Schools 51 3402 1542 1860 2601 1153 1448
Supported by:
Established Church 14 902 392 510 682 280 402
United Presbyterian Church 14 940 457 483 689 315 374
Reformed Presbyterian Church 2 160 62 98 126 49 77
Free Church 12 1028 489 539 808 387 421
Episcopal Church 2 56 14 42 43 14 29
Independents or Congregationalists 1 30 6 24 28 6 22
Roman Catholics 1 60 25 35 60 25 35
Isolated Congregations 5 226 97 129 165 77 88

Source: Census of Great Britain, 1851, Religious worship and education. Scotland. Report and tables. British Parliamentary Papers 1854 LIX (1764).