Paupers & Pipers – The Children of the Royal Caledonian Asylum

25 May 2021

19:00 - 20:00

Why do Caledonian Road and Caledonian Park have Scottish names? Join us for a series of talks that explore the close connection between Scotland and Islington through the home and school called the Caledonian Asylum. For nearly 8 decades the sound of bagpipes and the sight of children in kilts must have been a familiar one in Islington. Their story illuminates 19th-century philanthropy, the creation and maintenance of cultural identity, education and urbanisation.



Talk 2:Paupers & Pipers – The Children of the Royal Caledonian Asylum

From the 1820s to the turn of the 20th century Islington was home to the Caledonian Asylum and school. Join us to explore the lives of the children at the school. How did the offspring of Scottish Soldiers and Sailors or poor Scots in London find their way to the school and what was life like when they got there? How did their school life compare to some other children in Islington?

Etching of the Royal Caledonian Asylum