The School Belt Past and Present
John J Dick Leathergoods,
P.O.Box 14664,
Lochgelly, Fife
01592 784 278

Description Of The Lochgelly Tawse
by Margaret J Dick (daughter of John J Dick & granddaughter of George W Dick)

A Description of the thing (just in case you had your eyes closed or the image was blurred by tears, I know mines were)

2 -Prong

3 -Prong

The belt was 20 odd inches long with 2 or 3 tails at the punishment end and varied between 3/16 to 3/8 of an inch thick, that's a little more than 1/2 a metre long and 4.5 to 9.5 mm thick for those of you thinking in new money. What the teachers liked about it was it's firmness, it would not wrap around the hand when used and it was well made with no sharp edges. In short it would hurt like hell but not cause any permanent damage or risk cutting the hand, so the little dears would not bleed on their jotters.

You will find one of the above stamps halfway down an original Lochgelly Tawse

Chambers Scots dictionary definition: Tawse, Taws, a leather strap cut into thongs at one end, for the use of schoolmasters to punish with, to whip, scourge, belabour. Tawse-swasher, one who uses the Tawse. Tawse-taes, the thongs at the end of a Tawse. Tawrds, a schoolmaster's Tawse.

Where can I buy a Lochgelly Tawse?