(Admission Book)

The book used for testing the boys reading on admission was Nelsons No 2 Reader.



(Minute Book)

1st March, Captain Scott reports the death of Thomas McLaren of effusion of the brain.



1877 Tuesday, April 24th.

Courier and Argus


Yesterday in the Police Court – before Bailie Anderson – a labourer named William Pithie, residing in Church Street,


1877 Thursday July 12th

Courier and Argus


Alexander Weir, chief Constable of Kincardinshire, yesterday presented to the Sheriff at Stonehaven to have Robert Masson, aged 13 years, sent to the Mars Training Ship, as he was found wandering without any proper guardian. After hearing two witnesses, the Sheriff sentenced him to be kept in the Mars ship for three years, or until he attains the age of 16 years.


1877 Friday, July 27th.

Dundee Advertiser


Mrs Gray, Bruce Street, applied to the Magistrate and the Dundee Police Court on Tuesday morning to have her son David, 13 years of age, sent to the Mars. She applied on the 6th June last, but was at that time refused since then the boy has become more unmanageable, staying out at night, refusing to work, and associating with thieves. He could neither read nor write. The Bailie granted an order for the boy’s detention in the Mars Training Ship till he attains the age of 16.


1877 Tuesday, July 31st.

Dundee Advertiser


At the Dundee Police Court on Friday, Henry Gall (12) was brought up on application to be sent to the Mars Training Ship. Inquiries had been made into the circumstances of the case, and it was reported that Henry some time ago lost his right arm by an accident at a mill in Fifeshire, and was taken to the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. He was now unable to follow any employment; he could read, and, before the accident, could write. His mother went to America when he was three months old, leaving him and a sister to be brought up by an uncle and aunt. The old people had died, and the children were now living with a cousin. The latter was in court, and stated that she applied at the Parochial Board office on behalf of the boy, but was told they could only give him a line in the Poorhouse, and that she should take him before the Magistrate at the Police Court…


Same newspaper as above




On Friday Captain Scott treated his Mars boys to a trip up the river on board the Star of Gowrie, having also invited some friends to accompany him and his merry crew. A landing was made at Newburgh, and, preceded by the Mars band, the whole party walked to Lindores Abbey and explored its interesting ruins, being kindly welcomed by Miss Anderson. Returning to the steamer, they enjoyed the beautiful sail up to Perth, where the party was joined by the zealous Secretary of the Institution, Mr Jack. The sun broke out with considerable warmth for this unusually dull summer, and the woods and hills and mansions along the river were seen at their best. The brass band cheered the party with their lively music, and there was no lack of good refreshments for the hungry voyagers. The wives and children of the instructors and men employed in the ship were kindly entertained on this holiday excursion. The boys, as usual, looked healthy and happy, and were all, to the number of 280, safely put on board the Mars at seven o’clock.



(Minute book)


Mr Bell (of the Mars Committee) called attention to the following case as reported in the Dundee Courier and Argus. A boy was taken by his father before the Police Magistrate with a request to have him committed to the Mars, as he was stopping out at night, and would neither work nor go to school. The Magistrate effused the application and advised the father to consult his clergyman on the subject. Two days thereafter the boy was again brought before the Magistrate, this time charged with four acts of theft. Me Dewar, fiscal of Court, said he would not ask the boy to plead, or ask for a conviction as his parents were willing to his being sent to the Mars, - and on that ground the presiding Magistrate ordered that he be sent to the Mars accordingly.

   It is one of our regulations that no convicted boy can be received on board the Mars, and although this boy was not convicted there was no ground for doubting his being guilty of theft. This being the case, Mr Bell feared the impression might get abroad that convicted boys are admitted and in that way injures the reputation and usefulness of the Institution. The Committee concurred with Mr Bell as to the importance of the principle involved, and although the law provided that a boy charged as in the present instance, might be sent to an Industrial School to save a criminal conviction, they thought that such cases should be careful watched with a view of preventing the erroneous impression they are calculated to produce.


1877 Tuesday September 11th.




Considerable inconvenience was caused to the passengers leaving Newport at half-past nine on Saturday morning on account of the steamer being an hour by the low water. When the Dundee landed at the Dundee pier at nine o’clock she was unable to get off again, having grounded on the bank. She did not get away until ten o’clock, thus preventing the ten o’clock passengers from Newport getting across until eleven. The tide was, however, unusually low. The Mars was stranded, and listed slightly.


1877 Tuesday, September 25th.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal


Yesterday a boy, aged 13 years, was sent by Sheriff Comrie Thomson to the Mars training Ship for 3 years on the petition of Mr C. F. Runcy, the lad himself expressing a wish to join the training ship.


1877 Tuesday, August 7th.


BOY FOR THE MARS (Alexander Reid)


….Mary Rafferty or Reid, a widow, asked t

he Magistrate to send her boy Alexander, aged twelve, to the Mars training ship. It was reported that the boy would not work, that he had very little education, and that he was in great danger of lapsing into crime, as he had begun to associate with bad company. The Magistrate agreed to send the boy to the Mars.


1877 Friday, November 2nd

Aberdeen Weekly Journal




At the Aberdeen Sheriff Court, yesterday, Major Ross asked a boy named Peter Anderson, 13 years of age, and whose mother resided at Guestrow, to be sent to the Mars Training Ship. Mrs Anderson said she was a widow and quite unable to manage Peter. He would not go to school. The boy expressed a wish to go to the ship, and the sheriff said he would send him there until he reached the usual age