Ref NoBFSS/1/5/1/1/10
Alt Ref NoBFSS/FC/Ireland
DescriptionNB Ireland is included in the Foreign Correspondence section in order to maintain the original order.
Date1837 - 1891
Related MaterialArticle by David Salmon in the Educational Record vol 17 no. 22 Feb 1906 pp16-30.
Extent3 items
AdminHistoryLancaster showed an interest in education in Ireland from early in his career. He wrote a pamphlet entitled "A Letter to John Foster" outlining his detailed plan of education for Ireland. Foster was Chancellor of the Exchequer for Ireland post the 1801 Act of Union. Lancaster suggested the establishment of a countrywide network of schools under the central organisation in Dublin, staffed by teachers to be trained at new "seminary" for young men. Lancaster visited Ireland in 1810 - 1811 and was present at the formation of the Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in Ireland, aka the Kildare Place Society. This society followed the Lancasterian method and the BFSS took an active interest in its work. Extracts from the Kildare Place Society are included in the BFSS Annual Reports. John Veevers, one of Lancaster's monitors, was sent to superintend the new Central School at Kildare Place. The KPS soon began to publish its own sets of lessons. 1813 - 1825 saw the rapid development of Lancasterian schools in Ireland, with schools founded in Dublin, Belfast, Castle-Comer, Ross, Tullesmore, Waterford, Youghall, Cork and Tralee. The Annual Report for 1825 gives the number of Lancasterian schools in Ireland as: Ulster 200, Leinster 105, Connought 100, Munster 87. The KPS's efforts however came to an abrupt end in 1831 when its Parliamentary grant was removed. A new system of national schools was created. The Lancasterian system never became as popular in rural area as it was in large towns. It was used for a while by the Irish Christian Brothers, a teaching order founded in 1816.
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