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NEWHAVEN — A  UNIQUE FISHING VILLAGE ON THE COAST OF THE FORTH, PROUD OF ITS TRADITIONS, CULTURE AND HISTORY

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Victoria Primary School

Newhaven's Victoria Primary SchoolPrior to 1800, the Society of Free Fishermen paid a for a dominie to teach boys in a house in Newhaven.  A weekly fee was paid by each pupil although orphans who could not afford to pay received tuition free.  


In 1822, a committee was formed by the then minister of North Leith Parish Church, Rev. Dr. Ireland, to promote religious instruction to both boys and girls.  However illiteracy was a significant problem. As a consequence, Day School was set up and, in 1823, the Society of Free Fisherman handed the responsibility for education over to the Directors of the Education Society.  Within a year, first girls and then infants were accepted into school.


In 1844, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Buchanan of North Leith, the Newhaven Education Society purchased the feu of the ground on which Victoria Primary School is built.  At the time there appears to have been five schools in the village but bit by bit the school was extended until eventually all the local children were able to be accommodated.


Since those days generations of children have been educated within those walls and now Victoria Primary School can justifiably boast that it is the oldest working school in Edinburgh.  The school has a small museum of Newhaven artefacts including log books and school registers.


For more information, visit the school website here > > >

Victoria Primary School, built in 1844, is the oldest working school in Edinburgh.


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