My friend and correspondent ‘Glade Rover’ sends an excerpt from a Scots Magazine
Now for those of you unfamiliar with the publication it is a fairly douce, Presbyterian affair with articles from and about Scotland. Much loved by older folk, in fact Glade Rover’s mother used to take my old mum her old copies.
So you get the idea that it is a fairly conservative, if not anodyne brochure. Imagine my shock therefore when I checked the page GR sent:
It’s the miscellaneous column which is curious:
Just below the dating ad is one for tawse. The tawse was otherwise known as the belt and was for many decades the primary implement for negotiation between teachers and children. If the child didn’t do what he was told (girls didn’t tend to get the belt) the teacher would severely whack the child over the hands with it – usually three on each hand. It was sore….damned sore. It would render your hands pretty useless for any school work for at least twenty minutes until the stinging subsided (yes from personal experience)
I found this rather disturbing (on so many levels!) film to illustrate what a Lochgelly tawse’s role was in asserting teachers’ authority in the bad old days – i.e. when I was at school. Mind you, the chap receiving the punishment here looks a bit too old to be wearing short troosers!
Anyway, I’m quite amused because the foremost dealer in Scotland for these implements is one Neil Rankine (see BLFP passim), former owner of Dumbarton FC and current owner of Livingston FC. He lives in the 01383 STD code area so it’s probably he who placed the ad. I notice his partner had a comment on the film above.
I’m sure a butt marker is quite an innocent item and is quite unrelated to tawse.
And I’m still getting over the Scots Magazine having a dating advert!