The key date for researching
schooling in Scotland is 1872. Before this schools
were run by churches, charities and burghs. It
is possible to find information about schoolteachers
prior to 1872 in the records of the bodies which
ran the school, but this can be time-consuming.
From 1873 onwards the principal source of information
about teachers' careers is the school log book,
kept by the headteachers of each school.
In most areas of Scotland
school log books are still in the hands of the
schools themselves. In the 1980s and 1990s some
local authority archives attempted to preserve
school records for their areas by systematically
approaching schools to ask for the transfer of
school records to archives. Where a school log
book is held by a local authority archive, it
is normally subject to a closure rule of 50 years,
except with the permission of the Head Teacher
of the school.
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