The Royal School, Dungannon is one of several Royal Schools ordered in 1608 by James I with the intended purpose “that there shall be one Free School at least appointed in every County, for the education of youth in learning and religion.” These schools provided an English style education to the sons of landed settlers in Ireland, most of whom were of Scottish or English descent. A Royal Charter of 13 May 1614 records the appointment of John Bullingbroke as the first Headmaster. Three more headmasters were appointed by royal charters before the Archbishop of Armagh took over the selection of Headmasters from the Crown in 1682. A later Archbishop lost interest in the school and the management was taken over by the Presbyterian Congregation in Dungannon. This was quite a turn round as in earlier years Presbyterians were not allowed to attend except on condition that they converted to Anglicanism. In the literature of the Nineteenth century the Royal School Dungannon is sometimes referred to as “Dungannon College” and in the writing of the Eighteenth century it is referred to as “the Dungannon school”.
The school’s motto is ‘Perseverando’, meaning ‘By Persevering’ and being interpreted today as ‘Never Say Die’. The school’s strapline, ‘Excellence Through Perseverance’, reflects the original intention of the motto, which was introduced in 1986, being adopted from the Girls’ High School Latin motto.
The school colours (chocolate and magenta) are shared by two other well known UK schools: Fettes College in Edinburgh and the rugby colours of Bradford Grammar School.
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