Two years after John Radcliffe started the Collegiate School in 1853, Andrew Milne, a graduate of Aberdeen University, was appointed assistant minister and joined the staff of the school. In 1863, William Morrison, another Aberdeen graduate, completed the team which shaped Collegiate.
excerpt from a biographical introduction by Robert C Guy, a fellow Scot, to Poems by the late William Morrison, M.A.
published in Jamaica in 1906
[I apologise for the poor quality of this piece of text; my copy of the original is just that bad!]
However the following extract provides a partial explanation:
Daily Gleaner, January 14 1896
Wm. Morrison Esq., M.A. delivered a sympathetic speech to his fellow workmen. He was appointed Secretary to the old Board of Examiners in 1865 at £3 per month, and the Government devoted £3,000 per annum to elementary education. That year 68 teachers came up to be examined of whom 6 passed, 2 of them being still alive. He heartily congratulated the teachers on the great progress they were making as shown by the Conference that day.
[from report on 1896 Jamaica Union of Teachers Conference.]
11 February 1864
The Collegiate School: A large boarding and
day school, whose object as designed, and in
so many instances carried out, is to give an
education similar to that in Great Britain and to
prepare for the Army, the University, and for the
merchant's office. The scholars number 98, 26
of whom are boarders. Presided over by Rev. Mr. Milne.
This advertisement in January 1866 listed four teachers, Radcliffe, Milne and Morrison forming the core then, and later. I have found no further references so far to the Rev W Harper, except that he left Jamaica for British Guiana in 1868.
Colonial Standard, January 11, 1866
Daily Gleaner, March 12, 1866
Daily Gleaner, May 31,
The Governor & the Public Schools
learn that His Excellency Sir Henry Storks,
G.C.B., visited the Rev Dr Milne yesterday,
General O'Connor, C.B. and placing himself
under the immediate guidance of the worthy
Doctor, requested that he would afford him
some information regarding education in
Kingston, and conduct him through a few of
the principal institutions where he might inspect
and examine the pupils. Dr. Milne in yielding to
the desire of His Excellency conducted him to
the Collegiate School where he examined the
boys in the higher branches of study (Latin,
Greek and Mythology,) to Wolmer's School,
where he expressed himself greatly pleased
– particularly so with the appearance of the girls –
and to the Mico Institution under the
superintendence of Mr. Martin, where he
expressed himself equally delighted. His
Excellency has requested Dr. Milne to prepare
some practical suggestions, for the guidance
of this Government, in propagating the interests
of sound education throughout the Colony. His Excellency could not have confided this important task to more competent hands than the Rev. Dr. Milne.
Daily Gleaner, December 26, 1866
Christmas Examination of the pupils of the Collegiate School took place on the 19th. The spacious hall was densely filled with
visitors. His Excellency the
Governor took the chair, supported by Major-General
O'Connor, C.B.; the Hon. L. Q. Bowerbank, Custos of
Kingston, and the Hon, Henry Westmorland, Custos of
Metcalfe. After the examination of writings, &c., and
some excellent display of Elocution, which was
greatly applauded, the prizes were distributed by his Excellency. >>>
addressed them briefly to the following effect:-
He was there, he said, in the same relation to Mr. Milne, as the boys were; he was told to do certain things
and his duty was to obey. He was greatly satisfied at witnessing the progress the young men were making in their studies, and glad to find that there was such an
institution in the island as the Collegiate School, of which any Colony might be proud. His friend Dr. Milne had informed him that there was great necessity for the establishment of a College in this island, and he perfectly agreed with him - an institution in which they could spend the few years remaining to them before they enter the difficult path of early manhood. If the Colony should speedily return to the enjoyment of prosperity he would have much pleasure in giving support and encouragement to the establishment of such a desirable institution. His Excellency announced a vacation till the 23rd January next.
Governor in this instance was Sir John Peter Grant who
arrived in Jamaica in August 1866]
Daily Gleaner, July 20, 1867
Daily Gleaner, January 16, 1868
Daily Gleaner, January 07, 1869
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W Gordon and J Gordon appear in the Class
Prize Lists for Christmas 1867 and June 1869. I believe that 'Joseph Gordon' is Joseph Milward Gordon, the prominent Black politician in St Catherine in the 1880s, who is stated to have
attended the Collegiate School.
The extract below, from official U.K. government records, indicates the
status of the Collegiate School in the mid-1860s.