Excerpt from The History of Education, and of the Old Parish Schools of Scotland The subject of this book, The History of Education and of the Parish Schools of Scotland, was suggested to me on reading Hill Burton's History of Scotland. A more recent perusal of Grant's History of the Burgh Schools of Scotland led me to collect what information I could obtain regarding the rise and progress of Education in Scotland, and throw it in book form for the benefit of those interested in such matters. The book aims at giving a short sketch of the History of Education in Scotland before the Reformation, but concerns itself more particularly with the foundation and growth of the old Parish School system initiated by the commanding genius and foresight of John Kx. There is to be found in the old Acts of the Scottish Parliament and of the General Assembly, and in Presbytery and Kirk Session Records, a considerable amount of information bearing on Education, which as yet has never been brought to light. But so far as I am aware, writer has collected these references and combined them into a systematic and continuous history of the establishment and progress of the old Parish Schools of our land. In this book it is my endeavour to do this in a brief and popular form. To undertake, however, such a task in anything like a complete form would, I readily confess, demand a lifetime, and very laborious research in many departments of old history. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.