Ragged School founder Thomas Guthrie died - On this day in history
Reverend Thomas Guthrie, one of the founders of the nineteenth-century Ragged School movement, died on 28 February 1873. Guthrie was a clergyman who became moved by the plight of his poverty-stricken parishioners in an age before free schooling. He was one of the original founders of the Ragged School movement and after writing Plea for Ragged Schools, in 1847 founded a Ragged School in Edinburgh, which was soon followed by another in Aberdeen.
Guthrie was also a leader of the Free Church of Scotland and helped to raise £10,000 to build manses for the church's ministers, as well as working for the Blind Asylum and Night Refuge charities.