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Posted by: fransav 4th Feb 2006, 08:41pm

anyone please tell me if you could where craig residential school was????thanks

Posted by: boots 5th Feb 2006, 07:03am

Hi Fransav, sorry I don't have any information for you but could you perhaps tell us are you looking for a residential school in Scotland or in Canada and if you have any idea of the part of the country you think it might be in and the years you are interested in. The more information you can give the easier it is for people to try and help. Believe me, we'll try!

Posted by: Dexter St. Clair 5th Feb 2006, 09:58am

"Craig" residential school does not spring to mind. Perhaps it was Craigpark, Craigholme, Craig being the suffix of a bigger name.

As boot says more information would be helpful

Was it in Scotland?
When are we talking about?
Was it definitely a residential school or was it a List D or some other residential establishment.
Why were children there? As part of a holiday, or course. Because of emotional reasons, physical health or something?

There's a fairly current list of schools here

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/pqa/wa-01/wa0207.htm

Posted by: fransav 5th Feb 2006, 11:40am

sorry folks about the non information my fault i went to craig for six weeks in the sixties and it is in scotland i just cant remember were it is but i am sure it was well used by the schools in glasgow think it was more or less a holiday for those that couldnt afford one think the departure point was somewere on high st .just all these years i still have not met anyone who has been there thank you for your help bye for now

Posted by: Dexter St. Clair 6th Feb 2006, 11:53pm

I'm struggling to find one called Craig. Here's one in Rothesay

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/history/scotlandonfilm/forum/childhood/thread34.shtml

It wasn't thsi one

QUOTE
Every year the school club would spend two weeks at a residential school in Argyle. We stayed in Achnamara and loved every minute of it. The sailing was wonderful and the scenery breathtaking.
Or this one at Garlieston

QUOTE
Mr. Edward Strutt, a step grandson, became owner, and then sold Galloway House to Glasgow Corporation for a residential school which had monthly intakes of primary six and seven children to provide education in the country. The school, which had a succession of excellent head teachers and staff, was run from 1947 to 1976 when educational spending cuts closed all Glasgow's residential schools. Since that time, Galloway House has been a private house, first with an American owner, and now with an Australian owner.

Posted by: Isobel 10th Feb 2006, 02:30am

I'Msure there was a Graigpark school close to Hoganfield loch.

Posted by: jimmyd 10th Feb 2006, 10:39am

If you tell us the School you attended at the time ,we may be able to trace it that way.Many church organisation ran places for disadvantaged kids ,from the city .The schools would identfy children in need and refer them on . PM me if you need info

Posted by: Rabbie 15th Mar 2006, 08:58pm

Ah think there was another school near huggy loch was called Mossbank. My granfaither went to it when he was a boi. I remember him telling me of the times he had there. It looked an evil auld manky place to me when I wus a wean, looked worse than Bar L.

It was just alang the same street where the 38 Bus terminus is in Millarston, think there is big private hoosing scheme on the site now.

On the subject of residential schools / summer schools I been to 3 in the 60's, some on more that one occasion.

Wus one in Colintraive

Wus one in Castle Toward

Another private one in Clynder, that was owned by a Mr McLean who had offices in Paisley Rd West.

Will prolly get aroond to relating some stories aboot them when I can get a wee bit o time to sit down and think!

Ah dont think I have heard of one called Craig tho, but will have a ferret aboot an see if can find anything.

Posted by: mitchell 16th Mar 2006, 08:48pm

There was also another one just outside Ardrossan called "The Seafield residential School"

Posted by: davyab44 20th Mar 2006, 02:16am

Another residential school was Nerston near East Kilbride. Spent a couple of months there myself in 1958.

Posted by: alex hunter 7th Jun 2007, 06:02pm

been looking for craig residential school myself i was ther twice in the sixties

i remember a bus coming to pick us up in glasgow city centre and i'm sure it is in ayrshire probably nr maybole if that jogs any memories

Posted by: Guest jackie * 13th Jun 2007, 08:21pm

hi jackie here went to craigie in the 70s the address was craig residential school crossbank, kilmarnock, east ayrshire,kaz obp, just looking that up myself,

Posted by: John M 1st Nov 2007, 04:49pm

Hi I went to Craig Residential School in the 60s left from centre of Glasgow taken there in Ayrshire somewhere attended classes Mon to Fri and on weekends was freetime.

Posted by: CELTCHIC67 7th Nov 2007, 12:29pm

I went to a residential school in the late 70's for about 4 weeks, it was in kilmarnock.
It was a huge big white house and it had it's own swing park in the grounds.
I loved it ,we would all sit in a big room on a friday night and watch a film.
that's where i seen calamity jane for the first time,came back home & sang all the songs
out of it and to this day it's still one of my favourite films.
They also took us to ice-skating and the swimming,happy memories but I was still young
then and missed my mum & dad.

Posted by: Kendee 22nd Jan 2008, 10:36pm

Hi , I remeber craig Resi school reasonably well. It was in Kilmarnock and i too remember sitting watching films and waiting for the buttered rolls to come from the kitchen . I also recall the 2 male dorm were called "THE ASH & THE OAK ( cant remeber what the girls was called ( not that interested in females at that time ,,,,,,
If anyone else was there in the sisties get in touch ...you never know , we may have met !!!

Posted by: eamon d 26th Jan 2008, 07:25pm

I went to craig residential school - its just outside kilmarnock between gateside and crosshouse up a wee back road by the cochrane inn. we often walked to crosshouse with the teacher to get sweets and went to the picuture house in kilmarnock on a sat night. I slept in the oak dorm. I was there for 3 years from 9 till 11 years old. That was in 1953. I can remeber John Dauwson and his brother and Jim Caine. we were good mates and i enjoyed my time there.

Posted by: MICK MCGREGOR 28th Jan 2008, 03:35pm

craig residential school was in dundonald near kilmarnock. i was there 7 times, for a month at a time from 5 to 12 years old. great memories.

Posted by: PAU1888 29th May 2008, 06:10pm

used to go to st john ogilvie primary in wellhouse .every year me and my brothers would get sent to a residential school in kilmarnock called the Craig.i think it was for "poor"families of the east end of glasgow. does any one else remember this, or maybe you went.
cant really remember much about it exept it was run by nuns, we used to go to classes as normal and play on the grounds all weekend.
if anyone knows anything about this place please reply. cheers..

Posted by: Java 29th May 2008, 06:35pm

Hiya biggrin.gif

The subject of residential schools has come up a few times, following are links to the original posts..

http://discuss.glasgowguide.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=6591&hl=

Posted by: PAU1888 31st May 2008, 06:21pm

QUOTE (PAU1888 @ 29th May 2008, 07:17 PM) *
used to go to st john ogilvie primary in wellhouse .every year me and my brothers would get sent to a residential school in kilmarnock called the Craig.i think it was for "poor"families of the east end of glasgow. does any one else remember this, or maybe you went.
cant really remember much about it exept it was run by nuns, we used to go to classes as normal and play on the grounds all weekend.
if anyone knows anything about this place please reply. cheers..

found it ...
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/mpl?moduleurl=http:%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fmapfiles%2Fmapplets%2Fpanoramio%2Fpanoramio.xml&ie=UTF8&ll=55.601145,-4.575419&spn=0.001409,0.005&t=h&z=18

Posted by: Guest John R * 6th Jul 2008, 04:47pm

Hi I was just thinking about Craig residential School, if i rememebr it was in Kilmarnock, I went there in the early seventies for 6 weeks, dont know why I went or was sent, i do know my mum was having a baby atthe time (no. 10) so it was probably to give her a break :-) The thing that sticks with me was going to church on sunday and they gave us little suits to wear - pretty kool - but we didn't get to keep them - shame eh smile.gif

JR

Posted by: Guest George * 16th Aug 2008, 11:44pm

Hi, Craig residential school was near Kilmarnock. I went there for a month in 1973 - It was murder!

Posted by: Guest chrismac * 14th Sep 2008, 07:46pm

craig was somewhere in ayrshire, it was a pure hellhole i hated the life out of it, it was like a bloody home for poor kids, so if any teachers read this you were all ********!

Posted by: Guest Catherine * 19th Sep 2008, 02:14pm

I went to Craig "Ressie" about 3 times when i was younger. My friend in school used to get sent, i i went and applied to go myself much to my Mum's outrage but she let me go and i loved it!! We were picked up from Buchanan Street Bus Station and driven down to Kilmarnock. I have so many fond memories of that place. I was actually in the last group of girls to attend the school that must have been around 1985. I have been trying to get information on it but there doesn;t seem to be too much on the web. It was such a wonderful big Tudor Mansion, i wonder what they use ot for now, anyone know?????

Catherine

Posted by: Guest fransav * 18th Oct 2008, 02:21pm

yes i went back last month the big house is still standig but has been turned into flats

Posted by: fransav 19th Oct 2008, 07:19pm

went to kilmarnock last month just out for a drive with the wife went to crossbank and the school is still their but has been made into flats still looks the same still glad i found it as i have been looking for years

Posted by: Guest Terri * 2nd Jan 2009, 03:29am

Hi folks.

I've been looking for some informaion on Craig Residential School as I went there a few times in the early 80's. I have only fond memories of it and so I came across this discussion and thought I should add to it.

Craig is now an appartment complex housing 11 appartments and I think 4 houses on its lands. It is now Craig House, Crosshouse, Kilmarnock.

I cannot add pics for some reason but there are a few lovely exterior shots on www.marchstonehomes.com the developing company's website.

Posted by: Olden_Pleh 29th Mar 2009, 12:46pm

My 3 brothers & I went to Craig twice in the latter part of the 60's. It was a pretty good time ... we used to go into the corn field and all the other 'out of bounds' areas. I first learnt how to stand up on the swings there which was monumental!

We used to go to church on Sunday's and on the way back someone would always say, "First to see Craig!"

Mrs Kerr cut everyone's hair as soon as they arrived. We used to line up in the Conservatorium and a teacher would announce how much pocket money our parents had sent us and I was always stunned at the amount for me as it seemed way too much ... There was a stream for swimming too but it was always a bit too cold.

I remember peering into the classrooms thinking how lucky we didn't have to do schoolwork. I also remember there was a siren that used to go off every now and again and it used to terrify me!

I got hit just above the eye by one of the swings too, and I had to go and get stitches ... there was blood all down my face and as I was led back to the main building I couldn't see but I could hear the sound of gravel beneath my feet.

I was very lucky to return there in the late 1980's ... the place was run down but I had a good look much to the angst of the caretaker ... I later learnt it was terribly vandalised then sold and redeveloped as a residential area. At least it's still there anyway, even if the old grounds have gone ...

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Posted by: johnboy 14th May 2009, 06:16am

hi, i was there for six weeks in 71 and four weeks in 72 along with my brother ,it was a prison for kids as far as we were concerned.glad to see the back of it,used to count down the remaining days on the swings singing "ten more days to go,ten more days of sorrow" etc. kids used to escape in the middle of the night as well,what an advert for the place.oh,and it was boys only back then.

Posted by: Bigal 26th May 2009, 06:30pm

QUOTE (MICK MCGREGOR @ 28th Jan 2008, 04:04pm) *
craig residential school was in dundonald near kilmarnock. i was there 7 times, for a month at a time from 5 to 12 years old. great memories.


I went to the Craig and enjoyed my time there in the late sixtes always remember the teacher who was very tall( cant remember her name) but she was a wonderful person. also remember a
family from the parkhead area. and a boy with an italian name from the possilpark area and another boy from Sunnylaw Street. i have very fond memories of the Craig.

Posted by: Guest 6th Jul 2009, 07:45pm

I was there in 1967, all I can remeber was boys running away and the police bringing them back! Also queing up for the tuck shop and waiting for a parcel and postal order to arrive. We used to get bannana milk and a buttered roll at night. I also remember missing the european cup final as had to go to mass with the nuns!!!!!!!

Posted by: *tony* 24th Sep 2009, 01:58pm

QUOTE (Kendee @ 22nd Jan 2008, 11:41pm) *
Hi , I remeber craig Resi school reasonably well. It was in Kilmarnock and i too remember sitting watching films and waiting for the buttered rolls to come from the kitchen . I also recall the 2 male dorm were called "THE ASH & THE OAK ( cant remeber what the girls was called ( not that interested in females at that time ,,,,,,
If anyone else was there in the sisties get in touch ...you never know , we may have met !!!


Posted by: *tony* 24th Sep 2009, 02:23pm

hi folks! i was in old craig school in the mid 60s for about 6 weeks, i think i was about six or seven at the time. I went during the winter term and we had to go to school (no fun). I remember getting the belt in the middle of the night because someone kept putting the dorm light on, and when i got up to put it off the teacher caught me. Some of the boys used to wet the bed so they would get sent home. Other boys ran away and there were horrible rumours going around that the foxes would eat you if you tried to run away. (i was petrified). Does anyone remember a song we used to sing...i know a rubbish dump far far away...? I absolutely hated the place an have nothing good to say about it. 6 weeks felt like a lifetime and i couldnt wait to get home. The best day was when i left the 'dump' and returned to glasgow and i remember getting picked up somewhere in the town before going home to pollok on the 50 bus from midland street. all the best troops, tony leonard

Posted by: ken docherty 26th Sep 2009, 05:22am

Ah yes!!! I still remember Graig, I was there About late 50s I remember a sports day when all the parents came, and also a game of football arranged by one of the teachers with a local side who turned out to be in there early teens and thrashed us. I could play a wee bit then and got a goal and I was nicknamed "Stanley" after that ( after Stanley Mathews) I also remember 2 big coloured teachers who took us for gym I think they were from GUANA or summat !
If anyone has any pic new or old ....Gonnea send me thum ??? maybe I might have been there with you, my dorm was the ASH.
Nice to read from you all and stirring memories.

email... nedderton@hotmail.com

Ta all
Ken

Posted by: Guest 18th Oct 2009, 07:35pm

hi i was there in the 70 it was the best time i had i rember the swing park and the swings the climbing frames and a wee hide away that i would sit in with my big brother then we met a lad called robert he was a fantastic singer we had to sing hymis in the morrning but i would not sing and listen to him and no me not gay lol we all just hit it off for the start .i went there 3 or 4 time and he was always there .At craige i made a very good mate that a will never forget

Posted by: george restrick 6th Jan 2010, 02:07pm

QUOTE (Guest @ 18th Oct 2009, 07:33pm) *
hi i was there in the 70 it was the best time i had i rember the swing park and the swings the climbing frames and a wee hide away that i would sit in with my big brother then we met a lad called robert he was a fantastic singer we had to sing hymis in the morrning but i would not sing and listen to him and no me not gay lol we all just hit it off for the start .i went there 3 or 4 time and he was always there .At craige i made a very good mate that a will never forget


Posted by: angela grant 16th Jan 2010, 08:48pm

QUOTE (Guest jackie * @ 13th Jun 2007, 08:19pm) *
hi jackie here went to craigie in the 70s the address was craig residential school crossbank, kilmarnock, east ayrshire,kaz obp, just looking that up myself,


Posted by: *Richard* 17th May 2010, 05:23pm

Hi There,
I went to Craig Residential School in I think 1976. I remember a teacher who had a gold mark 1 capri and getting a digestive and milk before bed. I also remember a boy with crew cut called Kojak who got squashed at the swing park when the remains of an old roundabout fell on him, I don't think he was hurt bad. We used to play at ninjas of The Water Margin in the woods. I also learned to swim in Kilmarnock swimming baths. Does anyone remember feeding the chickens or the mini tractor ? I have happy and sad memories of Craig, maybe I will return some day to reminisce.
Bye for now
Richard

Posted by: theted 23rd May 2010, 02:13pm

hi,i was in seafield residential school way back in the 60s..ive always wondered why i was sent there..of what i can remember it was not a happy place for me...

Posted by: Taylor9 23rd May 2010, 07:04pm

Just came across,this post,dont mind if i ask ,was it Seafield School Ardrossan,you went to. way back in the 60ts.

Posted by: philipl mcdevitt 23rd May 2010, 08:43pm

QUOTE (*Richard* @ 17th May 2010, 06:26pm) *
Hi There,
I went to Craig Residential School in I think 1976. I remember a teacher who had a gold mark 1 capri and getting a digestive and milk before bed. I also remember a boy with crew cut called Kojak who got squashed at the swing park when the remains of an old roundabout fell on him, I don't think he was hurt bad. We used to play at ninjas of The Water Margin in the woods. I also learned to swim in Kilmarnock swimming baths. Does anyone remember feeding the chickens or the mini tractor ? I have happy and sad memories of Craig, maybe I will return some day to reminisce.
Bye for now
Richard

hello richard.
i have to tell you that my mum was the head teacher at craig at the time you speak of.(mrs mcdevitt) The car you refer to was owned by Anne Marie Murphy who was a teacher there at that time along with Maimie Curran and Lesle Gemmell. I was 15 years old then and from time to time would go down to Craig to visit, and I have some vague memories of this period. I wish I could tell you more!
regards, Phil.

Posted by: eugenecawley@btint 23rd Aug 2010, 11:39pm

i was at craig residential school twice in the early 60,s once i was in the (oak) and once in the(ash) with my brother p.j. i remember it well,the classrooms the conservatory,where you got tuck twice a week, tv in the dining hall, digestive biscuits and milk at supper time, taking youre laundry down ,wearing sannies in the house,great swings ,fitba pitch ,and twice a ,week movies on the pull down screen,i seen the dambusters ,and some mickey rooney films,i also remember letters to and from home,getting yer postal order for tuck money,and getting a penny for the plate on a sunday morning and the bus taking us to mass in kilmarnock,as we were poor gajjies fae the gorbals it was great to have a bed to yourself, regular good grub, 6 weeks of fun ,i remember mms gallagher the headmistress,miss bradley, and everybody,s favourite mrs curran,,.happy days.im 55 now and still remember.... eugene cawley.

Posted by: PAUL MC GREGOR 22nd Sep 2010, 08:56pm

QUOTE (*tony* @ 24th Sep 2009, 03:25pm) *
hi folks! i was in old craig school in the mid 60s for about 6 weeks, i think i was about six or seven at the time. I went during the winter term and we had to go to school (no fun). I remember getting the belt in the middle of the night because someone kept putting the dorm light on, and when i got up to put it off the teacher caught me. Some of the boys used to wet the bed so they would get sent home. Other boys ran away and there were horrible rumours going around that the foxes would eat you if you tried to run away. (i was petrified). Does anyone remember a song we used to sing...i know a rubbish dump far far away...? I absolutely hated the place an have nothing good to say about it. 6 weeks felt like a lifetime and i couldnt wait to get home. The best day was when i left the 'dump' and returned to glasgow and i remember getting picked up somewhere in the town before going home to pollok on the 50 bus from midland street. all the best troops, tony leonard


Posted by: Harty 27th Sep 2010, 09:59am

QUOTE (fransav @ 4th Feb 2006, 09:43pm) *
anyone please tell me if you could where craig residential school was????thanks

Dundonald Tarbolton Rd near kilmarnock. Its still there and so is the orchardits noe been turned into flats.

Posted by: michael robertson 31st Oct 2010, 07:55pm

i remember watching the film,(al jolson story),fantastic facilities,remember the tuck shop at the back of the main house,and my parents sending me money when i was short,i also remember being a table leader,playing football against the local lads,and singing the residential song,would love to see the house again,if anyone has any pics would appreciate seeing them.e :rolleyes:a :early 70s.

Posted by: michael robertson 3rd Nov 2010, 10:13pm

hello george,did you come from garthamloch,did you go to st thenogs school?(red hair,persecuted)if so please reply to this.

Posted by: ceader bhoy 3rd Nov 2010, 11:16pm

look at the place now it private flats cheers c/b


 

Posted by: *Pauline* 16th Feb 2011, 04:53pm

Does anyone remember the janitor Joe hopkin, if you do get in touch with me, he would love to know how everyone is getting on alannpauline@btinternet.com

Posted by: theted 6th Jul 2011, 03:44pm

QUOTE (Taylor9 @ 23rd May 2010, 06:57pm) *
Just came across,this post,dont mind if i ask ,was it Seafield School Ardrossan,you went to. way back in the 60ts.

hi,yes it was...i cant remeber how long i was there for,But i couldn't wait to leave the place...thanks theted.

Posted by: Guest 10th Sep 2011, 08:06pm

QUOTE (*Pauline* @ 16th Feb 2011, 05:39pm) *
Does anyone remember the janitor Joe hopkin, if you do get in touch with me, he would love to know how everyone is getting on alannpauline@btinternet.com

I went to Craig about 5 or 6 times always in the winter and always for 6 weeks..... Went for a drive today to Ayr and managed to find Craig on the way back..... I have fond memories if the place.... all the names Phil mentioned were good people.... his mother, Ms Curran, Ms Gemmell, Ms Murphy, Ms Wilkie and the Christies.... while watching a film one night Mr Christie took very unwell reckonhe had a stroke or a heart attack..... The Church we were taken to was in Coodham... Therefore I think it was mainly Catholics that went there.... At night we used to be lined up fir evening prayers and singing.... I used to get to the descant to the first Noel .... My grandparents had a caravan in dundonald and they would cone to visit us and they would always bring ms curran a box of chocolates.... And during that nights film she would shout me n my brothers out for a chocolate much to the annoyance of everyone ekse my email is mwm390@hotmail.com

Mick McAndrews

Posted by: 2micks2 22nd Oct 2011, 10:06pm

Me and my brother were there in 1976 for 5 weeks and I was 8 and he was 9 at the time we hated the place it was like a prison camp. I remember eating toothpaste for sweets and tuck once a week was the reason. Very regimented remember miss gemmil and a guy called henderson. Also the milk and digestive biscuit at bedtime. My brother was hit on the head with a brick thrown from the big shoot and took to hospital I thought I was being left. People were always trying to escape and we were told the river was 25 feet deep and people would die if they tried to escape. Going to church on a Sunday in your Sunday best and I remember thinking we were off to summer camp but it could not have been more the opposite as they put us into classrooms and made us write pre-written letters to our parents telling them what a fantastic time we were having NOT!!! The place and the people have never left me so much so that today me and my wife and two girls finally visited and seen the renovated site, but the shell is still the old house I will never forget!!

Posted by: donna mcinnes 5th Apr 2012, 10:47pm

Hi I was at Craig,residential school a few times, was there a horse not far called Ailsa? I remember playing outside.

The smell of chestnuts and damp leaves, but a totally loved it and would love to visit the place.

Posted by: weenorman 8th Apr 2012, 06:52pm

hi all i went to craigs residential school in 1973 for 4 weks at first i hated it i ws big for my age so was put in the older guys dorm, i wet the bed so was called the midnight swimmer ,I learned to play 5 stones there ,and remember the church visits well indeed. I used to watch the older guys play the village at football ,but later became a hero when we had a competition amungst ourselves., I was put in goals because i was the youngest in our team and I played a blinder ,we won the competition and i got man of the match . I made a couple of we pals who i met years later when moved to Renfrew ,but in all honesty after nearly 40 years craigs still sticks in my memory ,it was definately a part of my life i will think of with mixed emotions . The song I remember went " Iknow a midgy bin far far away. where yeh et yer whisky bottles nearly every day .Ham and eggs yeh never see soapy water for yer tea ,thats the way they treated me at auld crags school." thanks for the photos guys it brought back some good and bad memories

Posted by: Alexander Reid 16th May 2012, 12:39am

I was a Craig School Crosshouse in the late 1960s i loved the big house as it was great to get away from the East End of Glasgow for six weeks, I looked up to a wonderful and kind woman Mrs Curran who had an amazing sense of care and love, i will never forget her warmth and kindness and she will always have a place in my heart. Maybe that set me on my road as i now work in the Care Sector. Craig was great playing on the swings,running around the large grounds,getting Tuck and watching films. I remember two brothers from with an italian name from Possilpark or Maryhill area also a good pal from my time there but cant think of his name he stayed in Possil Sunnylaw Street and brothers from Parkhead who were called "Manners"yes folks you never forget your chilhood i will visit the old place in th near future.

Posted by: Joe Fagan 18th Oct 2012, 12:16pm

I was also at this school I remember it as Craigie Residential School it was in Kilmarnock and some of the teachers there were sadistic at the least. You could not write home to your parents to get you out of there as you had to copy text from the blackboard saying how much of a good time you where having and every letter was proof read.

Posted by: 1973 5th Jan 2013, 01:29am

I went to Craig in November 1973. When you arrived your clothes were marked with a number. Looking at other posts it's amazing similar experiences. I loved it though the first night I was homesick, after that it was a home from home, and you made friends with boys from other schools . The Christies, Miss Curran and the lovely Miss Hoy to name some of the staff . You can look back and be amazed how resliant a 7 year old can be. Boys from ordinary working class backgrounds yet all very different. The well behaved and the rebels. The biscuits and milk at night. The prayers at all time of the day. Church on a Sunday.If someone had a birthday there they got a cake. Kids going back home early due to homesickness, the big dorms, the persistent bed wetter. Interacting with pupils older than you outside classes which you didn't get at ordinary school. Having to sit through Princess Anne's wedding on tv. The tuck shop and waiting for postal orders, letters and comics from home. My experience gave me independence at a young age and always felt I could adapt to any surrounding.

Posted by: Ossie 9th Jan 2013, 02:55pm

Hi All, memories memories . I went to Craig for a wee spell in the late fifties/early sixties . Only vague memories of the place. Two stuffed foxes in the entrance hall, the smells of the wonderful open countryside .

Still remember the words to a wee song we used to sing to our teacher......Come to Craig , come to Craig , and you'll see a lady there , her name is miss Tonra , blue eyes and curly hair !

As it happens I now live not too far from the place. Perhaps my short stay there planted a wee seed . Disnae matter where I wander off to though, I'll die a Govanite . Ye can take the man oot o' Govan but ye.........ach ye know the rest .

Posted by: Tommy boy 14th Jan 2013, 08:07pm

Went to Craig a few times in the 70s and the milk and biscuits, was a shark at 5 stanes hah, remember going to the beach and been giving itchy swimming trunks with GCED on the front, me and my brothers used to leave from Bath Street I'm sure, remember playing the villagers at football. Oh what memories. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: mick peir 16th Feb 2013, 02:06am

Does anyone remember this wee song that we use to sing, Aye know a rubish dump, far, far away where you get a whisky bottles, nearly every day, ham and eggs, you never see dirty water for your tea, that's the way they treated me at old craigh school! Does anyone remember that onw? Lol



Posted by: Michael McD 23rd Mar 2013, 04:32pm

hi,i'm michael mc daid,me and my brother patrick went to craig residential school in the late sixties maybe very early seventies,i remember the dormitories were called the oak,ash and beach,also remember going up to the swing park,also remember one teachers name was miss bradley,we used to all sing one more day to go,one more day of sorrow one more day in this old dump and i'll be home tomorrow,actually i quite enjoyed the place but we were all excited when the four weeks were up and we would then be going home,anyone remember us?

Posted by: *stevie* 9th Nov 2014, 04:08pm

Hi folks, just been reading the stories of Craig house. I live in the estate it's now part of...it lay in ruins for years, no roof and just a complete shell. Its been totally refurbished and is now 11 flats. Still beautiful grounds with amazing views. Been amazing reading everyones stories, good and bad, of the 'Craig'.....it's still a beautiful big house and love to walk round it with the dog.

Posted by: *chic* 19th Sep 2015, 11:29am

Hi I was at this home in the late sixties it was a prison for kids used to get a black sandshoe across you're arse if you done wrong so many kids ran away so the people who say they had good memories of that shit hole you must have been the elite silver spoon boy's mummys boys they should have pulled it down with the staff in it and there was abuse going on in there just not to you're type.

Posted by: john gilmour 7th Jan 2016, 12:44am

QUOTE (fransav @ 4th Feb 2006, 08:49pm) *
anyone please tell me if you could where craig residential school was????thanks

It was in Kilmarnock I went there as a wee boy was about 6 or 7 also my big sister Cathy and my 2 brothers Thomas and James.

Posted by: steven smith3 20th Jan 2016, 12:38am

Hi my name is Steven Smith I came from St Marthas school there was a horse called ailsa does anyone know me me let me know please.

Posted by: John D 13th Jul 2016, 12:32pm

Hi All

Yes -went there at about 8 in the late 60...reading many of the post add to my own memories,....

Writing letters as per whats written on the blackboard, homesickness, running in the corn fields, kids running away and being brought back.

Bits iI recall was this play room which contained tons and tons of lego, smashing my glasses in the swing park, being intimidated by older kids, the gravel, a bus load of girls arriving by accident, kids crying at night, waiting to get some liquerice toffee and using the wrapper to make the slide slippy.

But an overwhelming yearning to get home.....

Posted by: *John R* 24th Aug 2016, 06:54pm

QUOTE (Michael McD @ 23rd Mar 2013, 04:32pm) *
hi,i'm michael mc daid,me and my brother patrick went to craig residential school in the late sixties maybe very early seventies,i remember the dormitories were called the oak,ash and beach,also remember going up to the swing park,also remember one teachers name was miss bradley,we used to all sing one more day to go,one more day of sorrow one more day in this old dump and i'll be home tomorrow,actually i quite enjoyed the place but we were all excited when the four weeks were up and we would then be going home,anyone remember us?

Hey Michael ? I was at Craig early 1976, seem to remember 2 brothers, it was great reading everyone's memories, some good, some not so ! There was Defo a wee guy called Pat when I was there, fair/reddy type hair possibly glasses too, ah remember him greetin awe the way to the church an awe the way back, ah remember thinking if ah get a postal order am getting a taxi hame hahaha, considering ah thought Kilmarnock was at the other end of the planet having never been outside Pollok lol hope there's a Facebook page for ex cons fae the Craig ,John R.

Posted by: *Maggie* 25th Oct 2016, 09:17pm

I went to Craig in 79/80 with my sister. Really enjoyed it over told my two boys all about the place and they thought it was crazy that "you sent your kids away for 4-6 weeks" my sister and I were talking about the place yesterday and she came across a site that says the house is now apartments. It would lovely to hear from anyone who went to Craig in 79/80.

Posted by: Div 25th Jun 2017, 08:54pm

I was there !

Posted by: *EDDIEB* 2nd Oct 2017, 10:13pm

Hi
to all you other Craig residents ..

I went there in late 60's with a few of my brothers it was only for 6 weeks but felt like a lifetime.

It was to give my mum a 'wee rest' there were 6 boys in our family.

I remember the swing park, the big green spiky chestnuts falling from the trees everywhere,being 'forced out' to play in your ill fitting wellies, actually they were communal wellies provided by the school smelly or what !, this happened over howls of protests even when it was raining - I wasn't the outdoor type !!

I also remember going/being marched to church on a Sunday (I don't remember any bus), standing in line in the conservatory for your supper every night usually orange juice/milk and digestive biscuits, I remember lining up for something from the tuck shop (this depended on what postal orders, your parents sent you - No PayPal then). This was all written down and deducted from your entry in a big book.

I was in the OAK dormitory and remember communal bath nights having to get bathed in front of a lady supervisor.

There was a teacher there a Mr Balmer I think, who I remember showed us how to make paper masks usually red Indians that we painted in wild colors ,

I remember they were also cutting down some trees from the woods in the grounds while we were there and same teacher got thin slices of tree trunk that we were allowed to paint on and varnish

I fell in love - although I didn't know that's what it was at the time, with a young canteen/catering staff lady her name was Miss Wise.

My final memory was writing letters home to mum and dad these were censored so that your parents didn't worry too much.

It was because of the weekly letter writing that I remembered where the residential school was as you wrote down its address ... 'Crosshouse by Kilmarnock'. that part of the address was so unusual so it stuck in my memory I was only 10 and had never left the 4 streets that was my world at that time in Easterhouse.

The song another person mentioned about 'ten more days to go ten more days of sorrow, etc .. and I'll be home tomorrow. I also remember loudly singing this regularly as you counted down to going home.

There was another guy there he was always referred to/called by a nickname 'empty'. I remember asking why , I was told because his real name is Phil (full) - Glasgow kids humour eh!

Overall I remember it as a good experience apart from the odd bout of homesickness.

Posted by: *Hazel* 19th Nov 2017, 08:52pm

I remember Craig residential school. In particular I remember Ms Wilkie who really was a wicked woman. She beat me up while I was waiting in the shower line because I smiled at my friend. I’m not talking about a telling off, I’m talking about hair being pulled, kicked and thrown against a radiator....I was a 9 year old girl who was very small for my age.We were terrified of her. We were too scared to run away. I hope God can forgive her wicked deeds.

Posted by: Brian Moran 14th Dec 2017, 09:12pm

Sadly , I remember Craig school from my month there in 1973/4 .I recall the swing park( highlight of the day) I also remember that I was “ in between classes” and couldn’t keep up with the older kids in my class. I hated the long weekends and the bus journey to go to mass on a Sunday took ages. I think we went to a monastery close to the A77 . It has since burnt down and has been refurbished, a bit like Craig house I suppose.
I got an opportunity to help out at the orchard /farm at the entrance to the school grounds which was a great distraction from the misery of the school.

I also recall the games room where we spent the evenings. I must have read all of the commando books, which I hated!

I vaguely remember the nurse who bathed us at night but I can still remember the horrible shampoo they used on everybody when they first arrived.

When I returned home after my month away, my mum spoilt me daft as a reward for my time away. She still feels guilty about letting me go in the first place but It was me who wanted to go.

Posted by: tomjazz 3rd Dec 2018, 08:57pm

I went to old Craig mid/late 60s anyone remember a Mr Fleming
Also part of the song was.” Akbow a rubbish dump far far away
Were you get whiskey bottles nearly ect day Ham n eggs you never see , soapy water fur your tea
That’s the way they treated me at old Craig school