(Admission Books)


The first 400 boys


From the beginning of records in October 1869 there had been only 4 boys admitted from Edinburgh until a sudden influx beginning on 20th October 1871 until November 1872 when a further 89 boys from Edinburgh were introduced. Other boy’s addresses that were recorded are 203 boys from Dundee, 18 from Fife, 10 from Perth, 10 from Kirkcaldy, 10 from Arbroath, 8 from Aberdeen, 8 from Ferry Port on Craig, 6 from Cupar, 5 from Montrose, 4 from St Andrews, 3 from Stirling, 2 from Brechin, 1 from Banff, 1 from Galashiels, 1 from Linlithgow, 1 from Newport and 2 from London.

Out of the records available, where religious persuasion is noted, (only 300) 240 were Protestants and 60 were Roman Catholic.


1872 Friday, February, 9th.


Dundee Advertiser




Yesterday morning a little before daylight, ten of the boys on board the Mars let down one of the ship’s boats, and succeeded in getting away from the ship. It seems that on Wednesday (some) of the boys on board were allowed to go on shore, and that some of those who remained were heard to express their umbrage at not having had the same leave. One of them – who has run away once or twice before - is believed to have planned the escape yesterday. Owing to the dense fog which prevailed during the day it is uncertain where the lads have landed. They had not been heard of early yesterday morning.


1872 Saturday August 31st.


The Leeds Mercury




…To James Sharp, a boy 11 years of age, belonging to the Training Ship Mars, for saving an old woman named Morrison, who fell overboard at Woodhaven pier, Fife into thirteen feet of water.


1872 Wednesday September 11th.


(Aberdeen Journal)


Yesterday, two boys, named respectively James Fairweather and James Ross, were brought before DRL Grant, Esq., and James Chivas Esq., Justices of the Peace, at the instigation of the Chief Constable of the County, being wanderers without any feasible means of subsistence, and ordered to be sent to the Mars Training Ship industrial School, on the Tay. Since the last meeting of the Commissioners of supply, when the sum of £100 was voted as a yearly donation to the Institution, about half a dozen boys of the same description, from this quarter, have been placed on board the ‘Mars.’