Education was an important part of life for many in early modern era, even in the Highlands, although not as well organised as in Lowland Scotland.
The Education Act of 1496 required landowners to send their eldest sons to school to study Latin, arts and law. This made schooling compulsory for the first time in Scotland.
By the time of the Scottish Enlightenment of the latter half of the 18th century and the 19th Century, there were 5 universities in Scotland that men from the parish would have attended : St Andrews, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
This built on the activity of learning across the sciences, law and engineering throughout the 1600's. Scots law and educational systems have always been seperate from those in England.
By the census records of the 1800's it is rare for children in even the poorest families not to be a "scholar".

Around the parish there are some established schools that still exist, some have been in different locations, and, in the past there have been smaller less formal schools all around the area.

Barcaldine School
Rhugarbh School
Lochnell School, Benderloch
Achnacree School - Queens Brae
Ardchattan School, Bonawe
Etive Schools

Modern education
Workshops and courses Alumni of Edinburgh university

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