The Yarrow Stone - The Royal Schools of Ulster
The Yarrow Stone
Making History listener Sam Wade lives in the Yarrow Valley, south west of Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. Nearby are some standing stones and one in particular intrigues him – could it be the site of one of Britain's earliest Christian burials?
Making History consulted Rory MacDonald, the archaeologist at Scottish Borders Council, and Dr Dave Petts at the University of Durham.
The Royal Schools of Ulster
Students at the Royal School, Portora in Enniskillen, contacted Making History after they completed a project on the founding of theirs and five other schools by James 1st's Charter in 1608. They wanted more information about how the founding of their school fits in with the history of the Plantation of Ulster and whether or not Catholic children as well as Protestant were allowed to attend.
Dr Jonathan Bardon explained the background to the establishment of the Royal Schools and how they were meant to provide a kind of social cement for the newly arrived 'planters' from England, Scotland and the Isle of Man. They were not intended for Catholic children, just the children of the 'planters'.