Very interesting; not surprising:

The Kirk had a central role in the supervision of such schools and in the appointment of the schoolmaster or dominie. From these early developments there grew a respect in Scotland for education and learning. From the 18th century onwards parish and burgh schools provided many Scots with a good standard of education leading to Scotland at this time having the highest standard of literacy of any European nation.

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/education/about-us/maps-estates-history/history/part-one

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