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Sang-scule, Song-scuill, n. Also: sange-, sangis- and -skule, -schull, -scuil(l, -scuyll, -skuill, -schuill, -schuiil, -schuyll; -scole, -skole, -schole, -scholme, -scoill, -schoill; -scoule, -scowl, -schoull; -scool(l, -scoole, -school(l)(e. [Sang n. and Scule n.1 Cf. e.m.E. song-schoole (1593), Du. zangschool, Sw. sångskola. Cf. also Sing-scole n.] A singing-school.Normally one attached to a church or other religious foundation, and specialising in the teaching of ecclesiastical singing and music, as well as providing some general elementary education.(a) 1451 Ayr B. Ct. 22 Oct.
Maister John [Kendale] has giffin our the sang skule to [etc.]
1483 Aberd. B. Rec. in Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II 335.
Richard Boyl salhaf … the sang scule of Abirdene as principale maister of the samyn
1503 Ib. 342.
And that the childe Cristy Narne … was passit fra the sang scule to the gramer scule and has maide nay seruice in the queir as yit
1527 Hay Fleming St. Andrews (1953) 19.
The rector chori … [to] ken the barnis of the sang scule, and keip all divine service … als wele as ony uthir rector chori … in Scotland
1540 Ecclesia Antiqua 286.
Sang schull
c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus Prol. 203.
[To] put this man to sang scule or playing, … dalians or dansing, [It is als] incontrair his complexioun [etc.]
1567 (1590) Glasgow Chart. II 540.
Sculemaister of the sangscule of the kirk of Glasgw
1578–9 Perth Kirk S. MS 12 Jan.
Jhone Suentoun Mr of the sangschull … exponitt … thatt he had greatt travaillis in teaching of the ȝoutheid of this toun in musik and in taking wp of the psalmes
1562-92 Wode's Psalter (Tenor) 127.
Set in uerray dulce musike be Andro Kempe sumtyme maister of the sang skule of Sanctandrous
(b) 1525 Aberd. B. Rec. I xli.
One feriall dayis, quhane he is teiching the sang scuil
1537 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I 412.
Sang schuyll
1539 Glasgow Prot. IV 118.
Sang scuyll
1541 Aberd. B. Rec. I 177.
The hall consell … assignis to Robe Portair and Robe Nicholsoun … fourtty s. … sua thai continew the sang scuilis and serf in thair queir
1546 Ib. 239.
Sang skuill
1558 Ib. 313.
Sang scuill
1579 Acts III 174/2.
For instructioun of the ȝouth in the art of musik and singing quhilk is almaist decayit … oure souerane lord … requeistis … to erect and sett vp ane sang scuill [etc.]
1595 Elgin Rec. II 397.
The cuir … of ane maister of sang schuill [is] to instruct … the youth of the … brucht in the art and sciens of musick
1612 Aberd. B. Rec. II 309 (see Scule n.1 1 c (2)).
Sang schuiil
(c) 1544 Aberd. B. Rec. I 207.
Sir Jhone Fethy … to haif thair organis and sang schole for instructioun of the men of gudis barnis
1552–3 Edinb. Old Acc. I 71.
Sang skole
1560 St. A. Kirk S. 40.
Sang scole
1574 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 16.
Sang schole
1583 Haddington B. Rec. (Robb) 17 June.
Understanding quhow necessar it is to haif ane sang scole within this burgh … hes feit … Johne Buchan to serve in the office of ane maister of ane sangschole as als to uptak the psalmes in the kirk
1595 St. A. Kirk S. 813.
Jhone Ros, maister of the sang scole … askit God mercy … for his using and playing of ane part of the comode and play in St. Leonardis College
1599 Ib. 908.
Jhon Roull, as maister of the sang schole, to caus the best of his scholaris sitt besyid him self, about the pulpeit, to help to sing the Psalmes on the Saboth dayis
1612–13 Edgar Hist. Dumfries 257.
To the redare and master of the sangscholme [sic] xl li.
(d) 1552 Elgin Rec. I 118.
To teche ane sang scoill conforme to his conditioun
1574–5 Misc. Maitl. C. II 39.
Sang schoill
1597 Elgin Rec. II 398.
The charge … of maister of sang schoill to instruct … the ȝowthe … of Elgin … teching [them] … to play vpoun all musicall instrumentis [etc.]
(e) 1496 Aberd. B. Rec. in Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II 339.
Sange scoule
1518–19 Ib. 353.
Sang schoull
1605–6 Montrose Treas. Acc. 2b.
Sang scowl
(f) 1582 Perth Kirk S. in J. P. Lawson The Book of Perth 145.
John Swinton, master of the sang school, is found not qualified for that office
1597 Aberd. B. Rec. II 157.
Maister Willeam Skene, maister of the sang school, sall serve bayth the kirkis in uptacking of the psalme theirin, everie Sonday, the ane kirk be himselff, and the uther be the doctour, or sum of his discippullis
1598 Ib. 174.
Sang schooll
1603 Elgin Rec. II 398.
Sang scooll
1620 Ib. 164.
David Cowy [is] to attend and teitche the young bairnes in the sang schooll to reid and wreit
1621 Sc. Ch. Hist. Soc. Rec. I 45.
Sang school
1627 Orkney Rentals iii 35.
And that thair is necessitie of ane sang schoole for musick being taucht heir of auld
1633–4 Misc. Maitl. C. II 43.
To the readar and maister of the sang schoole, iiijxx lib.
1643 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 6.
The master or doctour of the musick schoole … , the said master and doctour of the sang scoole
c1650 Spalding II 66.
He dischargeit reiding of scriptures or singing of psalmes at lykewalkis … and preiudgit the maister of sangscool of his commoditie
(g) c1650 Spalding I 225.
Grammer scoolis, song scoolis, and vther scoolis givin wp, and the barnes had hame to thair parentis

b. Specif., a building or room set aside or specially built for use as a singing-school. Also attrib.(a) 1553–4 Edinb. B. Rec. II 285.
Payit for vj geistis [etc.] … quhilk wer delyverit to the biging of the sang skule
1577 Glasgow B. Rec. I 462.
For male of ane chalmer to be ane sang scole
1595 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 579.
Six sparis to be kippellis to the sang scoole
Ib. 587.
Spargeing the sangscoole in the new kirkȝaird
1599–1600 Misc. Spald. C. V 72.
Sang scoole
c1650 Spalding II 188.
Sklaites … to theik ane sang scooll newlie maid wp be him of ane hous within … Innes cloiss
1657 Elgin Rec. II 289.
[To] buy timber to be seats and wreitting tables for the sang or musik scool
(b) 1579 Glasgow B. Rec. (MC) 116.
To Duncan Finlaye, for the maill of ane chalmer to be sangis-scole [Glasgow B. Rec. I 463 to the sang scole], xl s.
(c) 1644 Elgin Rec. I 282.
If he will set us George Donaldsones barne for ane song scuill
attrib. 1554–5 Edinb. Old Acc. II 37.
Ane pair of bands … to the sang scole dur
1579 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 128.
[To] have … tuenty merkis yeirlie for payment of the sang scole maill

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