This is from "How the Scots invented the Modern World" by Arthur Herman,
"Scotland's literacy rate would be higher than that on any other country by
the end of the eighteenth century. An English observer noted with
astonishment that 'in the low country of Scotland.the poorest are, in
general taught to read.'...By one estimate male literacy stood at around 55
percent by 1720; by 1750 it may have stood as high as 75%, compared with
only 53% in England.
.near Crieff in Perthshire.library's records of book borrowing run from 1747
to 1800. They show books loaned out to the local baker, the blacksmith, the
cooper, the dyer and the dyer's apprentice and to farmers, stonemasons,
quarriers, tailors, and household servants."
"At Glasgow the tuition fee of 5 pounds a year was one-tenth the cost of
going to Cambridge or Oxford. . Sons of artisans, shopkeepers and
farmers.would scrape together enough money to pay their university fees."
I do not know where the author got his figures from. There is no reference
for these numbers to check the source. But can an idea of the average
education mentality be gleaned?
Do numbers like these mean that the average Scots soldier had an advantage
over his English and Irish cousins when a chance for promotion came up for
corporal or sergeant?
] On Behalf
Of DAVID BRUNELLE
Sent: January 26, 2010 1:12 PM
Ladies of Reenacting; Royal Navy 1812
Subject: 1812 Reading Level of the Average Soldier/Sailor
I had an inquiry from a librarian looking for information on the reading
level of soldiers during the War of 1812. If anyone has any detailed
insight please let me know!
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