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School Archive

The School Archive is currently housed in the school library.

It contains many artefacts and documents relating to the history of Montrose Academy; recently, many these could be viewed at Montrose Museum as part of an exhibition celebrating the 200 year history of the school.

The  Bicentenary , 1815-2015

Montrose Academy came into existence on the 27th February 1815:the day its foundation stone was laid. Some 144 years later, in March 1959, a builder broke open the stone by accident during the building of  the new extensions. He found a casket with contents including, 17th and 18th century coins, newspapers and a certificate documenting the dignitaries present at the dedication ceremony.

 

Montrose Grammar School Collection

During the current refurbishment of the Montrose Public Library, including its attic, multiple boxes of books dating back to the 16th century were discovered and returned to the Academy building. This is a very significant find as very few places, including libraries, will have a collection dating back as far as ours. Amongst these are “incunabula” ,books printed before 1501 (5 are currently in Montrose museum) and works by Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618). He is the man who founded the first American colony in 1585 in North Carolina as well as travelling to undiscovered countries including Venezuela. Within the Grammar School books is “The Historie of the World – in Five Books,” the first part of which was written while he and his wife were imprisoned for 12 years by King James I of England/VI of Scotland, the son of Mary Queen of Scots. Many more books are Classics written in Greek and Latin are filled with the small annotations of previous pupils, not unlike many of our own textbooks.

The books themselves need careful conservation after being hidden away in a dark, cold loft for many years and the necessary cleaning and storage of them will require a considerable amount of fundraising.

The books will stay as a collection, providing an insight into the years before the 202 year history of the Academy itself.