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Omagh & Drumragh Education, 1834

Extracted from the Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland
Statistical Report by Lieutenant William Lancey, 7th March 1834
Transcribed, compiled and submitted by Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia


There are good schools for all ranks of the inhabitants. The curate educates 40 boys in the classics at the rate of 30 guineas a year for boarders and 8, 6, and 4 guineas for day scholars. This school is of immense advantage to the town as the respectable merchants can educate their children well, under their own eyes, at a cheap rate.

Respectable female children are instructed by Mrs Duncan, who has 16 day scholars at the rate 8 guineas per annum, music and drawing included, with a separate charge for the French language.

MISS McARTHUR’S preparatory school for male and female children contains 36 scholars at 4 guineas a year; MR. ALCROW’S [HALCRO?] school 36 male children, English and arithmetic for 4 guineas per annum.

The church free school supported by the rector educates 80 males and 40 female scholars, principally for Roman Catholics. The master receives 30 pounds a year, assessed by vestry annually and does not reside in the house, which stands at the church door.

A London Hibernian school under the management of MRS SPILLER is built at her garden gate. There are 40 scholars. The society grants 4 pounds and she pays the rest of the expenses, amounting to about 16 pounds per annum. The mistress resides and on the Lord’s Day assists in instructing 60 scholars



Beside the schools mentioned in connection with the town of Omagh, there is one at Corlea having 66 male and 44 female children, the master residing near the house; one at Tattykeel, 25 males and 22 females, master resides. Drumragh school has 36 males and 21 females, master and mistress reside; SIR JAMES BRUCE gives them 5 pounds annually and an acre of land. Cavanaca, 80 males and 54 females. Master resides amongst the scholars. Gillygooley, 52 males, 48 females, master resides. Dressog school (lately maliciously burnt down); Ballynahatty private school, 30 males and females (Latin taught) and Tattykeel private school for Latin and English, 20 boys. The Society scholars pay 6 shillings a year and Latin pupils 2 pounds. The Protestants and Catholics go to the same teachers and no school under the new National Board has yet been opened in Drumragh.