Mr David Doughty talks about school discipline

David Doughty

David Doughty, 90 years of age, interviewed in Whithorn by Glen Cooksley. Mr Doughty’s family were fish and game merchants in Whithorn.

  • Interviewed: June 2012.
  • Ref: DG9/1/1/4.
  • © Photo: Glen Cooksley.
  • © European Ethnological Research Centre, 2012.

DD: The teachers were mostly all senior ladies, single ladies maybe in their 50s, 60s and that and they didnae like small boys. So the least excuse they could get you were hauled out and you got the strap. Do you know what the strap was?

GC: Tell me.

DD: A leather strap, you held out your hand, you rolled-up your sleave a wee bit and they give ye a couple of belts with the strap. Ah’ve seen them dooin’ things wi that strap wi … wid get the jail nowadays an some fella, maybe, boy did a couple o things he shouldn’t been doin and insisted on doin it, they would, they would haul him out ‘pull up yir sleave’ they would hit him maybe 6 or 7 or 8 times. I’ve seen them, their wrists marked and all. Nowadays they’d go to the jail for it.