Friday, 4 December 2009

Wednesday November 28, 1894

Meeting of Blue Coat Trustees at 5.30

William Christie, Astronomer Royal
RH says..... The Blue Coat charity was founded to provide schooling to poor children, who would wear the eponymous blue coats to school. The meeting that Christie attended probably related to the Greenwich Blue Coat School, now incorporated into the Blackheath Bluecoat School.

1 comment:

  1. Christie was a trustee of the Greenwich Blue Coat School. IT has been founded in 1700 by a group of ladies led by Mrs Margaret Flamsteed, wife of the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed. It appears that every Astronomer Royal right up to Sir Harold Spencer Jones was associated with the school. Spencer Jones was chair of governors for several years. In the 1860s Sir George Biddell Airy was a trustee who was very involved in school affairs. He published a "Statement on the History and Position of the Blue Coat Girls' School, Greenwich" in 1867.

    Further details available from

    Mike Leader (Governor repsonsible for Archives at Blackheath Bluecoat School)