The land upon which the
Old School House stands was sold by Ronald Archibald Lord MacDonald
to the School Board of the parish of Strath in 1876 as "a site
for a public school within the meaning of the Education (Scotland)
Act 1872". I assume that the school house was built shortly
The Old School House was
built on the shore as the building materials were brought in
by boat. The land upon which the Old School House is built was
part of the common grazing and is identified in the original
title deeds as a "grass field known as Sheep Fank Park". The
school was closed by the Education Authorities in the early
sixties and sold.
My grandfather, whose
family farmed croft number 11, began his schooling here.
The Old School House has
been substantially modified inside to convert it into a family
home. The original layout had no upstairs and the window at
the front was at shoulder height to ensure that no pupil was
distracted by what was going on outside.
The school room included
the main bedroom and the area now taken up by the stairs. The
rest of the building was the schoolmistress's quarters. The
current kitchen was her bedroom.
I put in the window to
the west. It is the only one on that wall which faces the prevailing
wind. PVC doubleglazing was not available then.
The sitting room was the
kitchen with the sink in the window looking out over the bay.
An internal wall separated the dining area, which was the sitting
room. The bathroom was a storeroom.
The loos were external
in the rear "T" section of the house. There was no access from
them into the kitchen. The playground was segregated, with girls
to the east and boys to the west.