Scott also told me that the rules of the school must be made by the council of monitors. I asked him about this as an idea had sprung up, especially among the 3rd election, that rules were to be made by the Sixth collectively.
There was a rule made some time ago that T.BB. should go round by Dean’s Yard and Q.SS. by cloisters from Early Abbey; but T.BB. in the shell have usually gone round by cloisters to avoid the crowd and to get to the houses before the others. On May 5th Burridge, a T.B. in the football eleven, but under 16 and in the remove, went round by cloisters with Westmorland, a T.B. in the shell; and was called up by the Q.S. monitors and in spite of the assurance of Westmorland that it was his (W’s) fault, was tanned, in my absence. I told Scott this, and he said that any such a punishment for such an offence could not be defended, and after speaking to the monitors for some time, said that the rule must be abolished.
On the 15th of April 1875, the following rules about the Captains of the Elevens and the Head of the Water were passed by a meeting consisting of the Sixth Elevens and Eight.
- The Senior or Town Boy in the Sixth or Shell, over sixteen, who has been longest in either Eleven on the Eight is Captain of that Eleven or Head of the Water respectively.
- If there is no-one satisfying the above conditions in either the Eleven or in the Eight, the member of that Eleven or Eight who has been longest in it, is Captain of that Eleven or Head of the Water respectively.
- These rules will not come into force until the end of the next football season (Easter 1876).
After various objections had been raised and over-ruled, and several amendments proposed and rejected, the original rules were carried by a majority of 29 votes against 12, or more than two thirds.
A copy of the rules was sent to Scott and the following answer received: “No master could object to the rules you send me, and I fully approve of them. It is evidently not satisfactory that a boy low in the school should have the responsibility of managing either Fields or Water, and be the representative of the School to the outside world. The only thing that surprises me is that as many as 12 voices should be found in the minority. I suppose that it is intended that when a Q.S. is head of the Cricket Eleven, the Head Town Boy in that Eleven would be determined by the same rule: and Vice Versâ if a Town Boy is head. Probably it may be needless to define this expressly.”
L.S. Bristowe. Prin. Opp.
Scott has decided that Boys in the Upper & Under fifth may wear cutaways but no one below that from February 18.
Rules of Discipline 1874
- Station in Green for those not in the XI or XVII unless set elsewhere.
- All Home-boarders except those that go home in the middle of the day are subject to Station.
- Other rules as to Station to be made by the Heads of each House.
- All who are kept p school must come into Green on coming down School – No-one may go into Gymnasium after 1.15 or leave it before 1.40. If there is no Station in Green, they must go up fields if they come down before the quarter.
- Caps (only dark blue) may be worn in Dean’s Yard in College Street & on the way up Fields.
Order in School
- Everyone is to get into his own place when any Monitor comes up school, and to stand up during prayers.
- No-one to talk, whisper, or make any noise during prayers
- Fellows in wither Eleven or Eight under 16 will not ordinarily be tanned: but this privilege may be taken away from them by a majority of the School Council.
- The Captain of the Eleven, not being in the Sixth or Shell, cannot fag except up-fields. The same rule applies to the Head of Water and the Captain of the Football Eleven.
- The rest of the Eleven can make fellows field out, but cannot fag them.
- Upper Elections & Town Boys in the Sixth & Shell over 16 have absolute priority in the Racquet Courts for their own use.
- Town Boys under 16 and Under Elections in the Sixth & Shell cannot turn off others, or be turned off themselves.
- All those who are subject to Station can be turned off by those who are not, if the same number wish to play in each case.
- Among equals 4 can turn off 3 or 2: -and on the wire court, 2 wires can turn off 4 woodens.
- The Eleven and Eight have no right as such.
- The Head of the Racquet Court cannot be turned off himself, but may turn off any one in his own form or any form below him.
- Every one who breaks a window must go immediately to the glazier, to get it repaired.
- The following places are within bounds – Cloisters, Little Dean’s Yard, Great Dean’s Yard, Broad Sanctuary, Post-Office in Tothill st, Prince’s st as far as Lyon’s st, Margaret’s Church Yard, Westminster Hall, Old Palace Yard, Abingdon st, Great College st, Barton st as far as Davenfort’s, Tufton st & little Dean’s Yard Smith’s st on the way to baths, the road up fields when going there; – the following shops alone are in Bounds – Hodge’s, Hopkins’, Dobb’s, Lyon’s, Davenfort’s, Harvey’s, Miller’s, Ginger’s, Martin’s, Sutcliffe’s, Payne’s, Pond’s, Penton’s; private houses within bounds are excluded. Leave must be asked to get thing at Mantle’s. No fellow to get anything at fruit stalls, excluding the Potatoe man.
Finding the above rules had not been inserted by Rodocanachi, I thought, as they had received the approval of Scott, it would be better to put them in.
L.S. Bristowe Prin Op.
Scott the other day spoke to the monitors. It was resolved that any fellow in the cricket or foot ball elevens or in the rowing eight, provided he were over 16, could not be tanned; nor could any fellow in the Shell – these rules tho’ not (I think) written down before as such, have however been generally considered so for some time.
Egerton G B Phillimore. Prin. Opp.
After numerous “meetings of masters” Scott has issued the following Rules for Discipline”
- The only Boys entrusted with authority for general school purposes shall be the Captain, Three Monitors & Three Town Boy Monitors, who shall form a council to take cognizance of offences against morality & the discipline of the School.
- Seniors & Town Boys in the Sixth Form, provided they be over 16 years of age, shall hold a subordinate authority, & shall report offences to the council or Head Boy, but shall not be authorised themselves to inflict corporal punishment.
- The Town Boy Monitors shall be appointed from time to time by the Head Master in school, being always chosen from Boys in the VIth Form & as far as possible in different houses.
- The Head Boy of each Boarding House & of the Home Boarders, on the nomination of the House Master, shall receive authority to deal with offences arising within the House.
- All Boys invested with authority shall sign their names in the Head-Master’s Book.
- No authority can be delegated from one boy to another under any circumstances, but in the absence of any regularly appointed authority, the Head Boy present is bound to maintain order & discipline, & to report grave offences to the Captain or Head Boy.
- All such offences shall be submitted to the council of Monitors of which the Captain shall be President. & this council shall deliberate in private, no others being present except the accused & witnesses if required.
- All questions shall be decided by a majority of the council, nor shall any corporal punishment be used without the consent of a majority of the whole Body, one at least of such majority being a Town Boy.
- In the case of offences arising within College or a Boarding House no punishment shall be inflicted without a court of all Boys who may be invested in authority in those places respectively, previously holden to decide upon the case.
- No Boy shall be judge in his own cause, nor himself inflict corporal punishment where the offence is personal against himself.
- No Town Boy shall be sent for into College, nor Queen’s Scholar out of College for purposes of discipline.
- No corporal punishment shall be used without clear proof of the guilt of the offender, nor upon such grounds as that an offence must have been committed by one or more of a certain number; for in any case, except for grave moral offences; such as falsehood, dishonesty, impurity, profanity, bulling, resorting to public houses or other improper places, drinking, contumacious defiance of authority, or wilful breach of rules after warning given.
- No instrument of punishment shall be used other than a cane or light stick – not shall more than six cuts be given in any instance.
- In every case the offender shall, if he claim it, be allowed the option before being punished in any way of having the matter laid by the Captain or Head Boy before the Head Master or in College or House questions before the Master in charge: & the Master shall then deal
- The right to fag is vested in such Boys of the VIth Form & Shell as may be above 16 years of age. Boys in the Upper Vth may not fag, nor are they liable to be fagged. All below the Upper Vth are liable to be fagged. No boy in the Eleven at Cricket has any right to fag on that account, unless to pick up balls for him on the ground, up fields.
In consequence of some purling & greasing at School steps in coming down school, in which some small fellow got hurt, a rule has been made that the Sixth shall go down first after second & afterwards schools. How long this will remain in force is doubtful, a similar rule was made a term or two ago and soon came to neglect.
A P Hill
Some confusion having been caused by Scott’s rules about the distribution of prizes at the Athletics; which rules were made last year, at the request of the Committee he altered them & made the following:-
No Boy to take more than two first prizes.
Any Boy losing a first prize under this rule to claim the second prize for such competition, provided that no Boy shall take more than three prizes in all.
If it should thus happen that a prize or prizes in any competition remain un assigned, such prizes shall not fall to the fourth or fifth boy in such competition, but shall be at the disposal of the Committee to award to such boys as in any of the various sports may have, in the opinion of the Committee, desired & failed to obtain a prize.
In consequence of a number of fellows in the Sixth and Remove having taken to wearing ‘cut-aways’ instead of the ‘tail-coat’, Lush and I asked Scott whether there was any rule about it; after a few days he told us that he had consulted the Masters & thought that as long as dark coats were worn, the wearing of ‘tails’ could not be enforced in the Sixth & Remove.