The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A name given to the charity schools which provide education and, in most cases, food, clothing, and lodging for destitute children; they receive no Government support. The movement had its beginning in the magnanimous efforts of John Pounds (d . 1839), a shoemaker of Portsmouth; but the zeal and eloquence of Dr. Guthrie (q. v .) of Edinburgh greatly furthered the development and spread of these schools throughout the kingdom.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Ragged Schools'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/r/ragged-schools.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.