THE Mearns School was built in 1876 and began admitting pupils in that year.
The building was erected so the area could comply with the Education Act (Scotland) of 1872 which said that the education of 5-13-year-olds was now compulsory.
In 1873, an educational census revealed that out of 576 children eligible for schooling, only 396 actually went.
A marble plaque, recording the formal opening, reads: “To commemorate the munificent gift of JD Hamilton, Esq of Greenbank to the parish of Mearns of this school, teacher’s house and site at a cost of £4,575. 11th October 1878.”