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eomitem Marischalli etc. pro suo interesse in nova aeademia Abredonensi vocare qui sibi opem conferat, magistrum Alexandrum Rosse rectorem de Monymusk, magistrum Jacobum Gordonum rectorem de Banchory, magistrum Patricium Sibbald ministrum apud Aberdein, magistrum Georgium Meldrum ministrum verbi Dei apud ecclesiam de Fintray et magistrum Davidem Lyell ministrum apud Montross (quorum quilibet tres cum dicto cancellario et comite absolvant certum numerum ly quorum) coire et congregare Abredonie decimo quarto mensis Aprilis in hoc instanti anno Domini millesimo sexcentesimo septuagesimo quinto (juxta caleulum Scoticanum) et deinceps quocunque alio tempore seu loco a dicto cancellario illius universitatis prefigendo, quos tanquam nostros commissionarios in hac parte cum auxilio antedicto predictam universitatem Abredonensem invisere jubemus, plena potestate iis facta de presente statu et conditione dicte universitatis et diversarum academiarum eiusdem inquirere ac coram iis citare et accersere diversos primarios professores et preceptores earundem et de corum diligentia et moribus in officiis indagare et si sunt conformes legibus hujus regni nostri et gubernationi et ordini ecclesie, et penitus inspicere et inquirere in proventuum libellos aliter rentalia reditus et administrationem eorundem inque leges privilegia immunitates onera fabricas et bibliothecas diversarum academiarum quinetiam respectivas fundationes mortificationes et dotationes iis vel earum alicui olim vel nuper factas invisere et cognoscere et explorare corruptelas enormitates et aberrationes a priscis salutaribus legibus ordinis et discipline, et specialiter factionem et factiosas personas societates quibus intersunt molestia afficientes; potestate similiter iis facta reos sive preceptores sive scholasticos condigna censura notare et efficacia remedia quibus tales enormitates et indecora in posterum precaveantur providere, et efficacem inire rationem qua prisca et laude digna statuta universitatis resuscitentur et in praxin redigantur, utque idonei et utiles methodi docendi et instituendi juvenes a diversis professoribus et preceptoribus observentur: quia etiam plenam potestatem et auctoritatem facimus iis omnes controversias et lites hactenus ortas vel ex quocunque pretextu fundamento et causa inter preceptores vel societates oriundas decidere et determinare, neenon corrigere vel tollere abrogare cuncta acta priorum visitationum que juri vel recte gubernationi universitatis prejudicasse compertum habuerint, ac ctiam resarcire et persanare omnia errata abusus et enormitates et transgressores et delinquentes condigna censura notare et cuncta alia prestare que ad officium universitatibus vel academiis invisendis delegatorum de jure seu regni nostri consuetudine pertinere dignoscuntur, non minore juris libertate et amplitudine in omnibus respectibus quam quicunque alii nostri vel preclarissunorum nostrorum predecessorum commissionarii fecerunt vel in simili casu facere potuissent, cum plena potestate et auctoritate iis in cunctis procedere more antcdicto dictam univereitatem Abredonensem invisendi intuitu . Quin etiam mandamus dictis commissionariis correspondere et uniformitatem observare in diversis universitatibus et academiis in disciplina ordine et methodo docendi in quantum cxpediens judicabunt, ct specialiter ne studentes qui relinquunt unam academiam admittantur foveantur vel doceantur et instaurentur in quacunquc aliarum academiarum absque testimoniis preceptorum academie quam eos relinquere contigerit . Declaramus porro omnes priores commissiones a nobis concessas pro invisendis universitatibus et academiis in dicto antiquo regno nostro Scotie esse vacuas et irritas ad omnes intentiones et negotia . Et quemadmodum nos paratissimi sumus regalem nostram auctoritatem interponere ad promovendum verum jus dicte universitatis et academie, ita nos mandamus antedictis nostris commissionariis in hac parte rationem reddere nobis eorum diligentie ante primam diem mensis Novembris anno Domini millesimo sexcentesimo septuagesimo quinto ut regalis nostra voluntas in hoc negotio cunctis ulterius pateat et innotescat . Denique volumus hanc presentem nostram commissionem vigere et vim habere semper donee eadem a nobis abrogetur . In cuius rei testimonium presentibus magnum sigillum nostrum appendi precepimus apud aulam nostram de Whythall vigesimo septimo die mensis Januarii anno Domini millesimo sexcentesimo septuagesimo quinto et anno regni nostri vigesimo sexto . Per signaturam manu S.D.N. Regis suprascriptam .
Actis of visitatione of the colledges of Aberdeen, begun the 14th of
At the Kingis Colledge of Aberdene, 14° Aprilis, 1675.
said lord bishop did present, and cause read in presence of the saids commissioners, and of the rectoris, principallis, maisteris and members of the tuo colledges of Aberdein, ane commissione granted be his majestie under the great seale, for visitatione of the saids tuo colledges, to ane noble and potent erle Georg erle Marischall Lord Keyth and Altrie, etc., the said lord bishope of Aberdein, chancellar of the kings colledge and university, and remanent persones abone named, of the daite at Whithall, the twentieseventh day of January last by past, 1675; and then the said lord bishop did present ane letter from the said earle Marischall, declairing that he hade advertisement of this meeting, but was not able to keep this first dyet therof, and that he should keep the nixt dyet of meeting upon advertisment given to him be the said lord bishop.
Which commissioners then conveined, did elect and nominat Mr. Alexander Forbes nottar publict and writtar in Aberdein to be ther clerk to the said visitation; who accepted therof, and maid faith de fideli administratione> etc.
The said day, it is recomended be the said lord bishop and commissioners then conveined to the rectors and principalls of the saids tuo colledges, that at the nixt dyet (which is appointed to be the first Tuesday of May nixt to come), they give in the number, names, dueties, and salaries of the severall professors and maisters of the saids tuo colledges, as they are presently in use.
Item, the said day, it is recomended that the saids rectors and principallis give in ther thoughts breiflie in wreit, at the said nixt meeting, of the abusses quhilk they have observed to have crept in by tyme in the saids tuo colledges, and what they conceive may be the most proper remedies for thes abusses.
Item, the said day, it is recomended that the saids rectors and principallis hawe in readines, against the said next meeting, the fundationes of both the saids colledges, att least exact doubles therof, to be then given in to the saids commissioners.
Item, the said day, it is lykwyse recomended that they give ane account at the said next meeting of the severall mortificationes towards bothe the saids colledges, what they are, by whom founded, and whow improwin.
The said day, the next meeting of the saids commissioners is appointed to be the first Tuesday of Maij next to come, being the fourth of that month.
Att the kings colledge of Aberdein, 4 Mali 1675, post meridiem.
The said day, conveined all the commissioners abone named, except Mr. Dauid Lyall, absent.
The said day, the rector and principall of the said kings colledge gave in ther report to all the saids four articles recomended to them at the said first meeting; which remaines in the clerks hands.
The said day, lykwayes, the rector and principall of the colledge Marischall in Aberdein gave in the lyke report to the saids four articles conforme to the said recomendatione"; which also remaines in the clerks hands.
Item, ther was also presented ane paper done and condescended upon be both colledges, for rectifyeing the abusses and disorders therin ; which lykwise remaines in the clerks hands.
The said day, ther was ane supplication presented be Mr. Jolm Strachan minister at Tarves, and Mr. Georg Andersoun minister at Meithlick, for themselves and in name and behalfe of certaine other ministers, for repetition to them of certaine moneys advanced be them anent the annuities allowed to the colledges; and humblie desyring the saids commissioners to interpose ther recomendation to the lords of his majesties most honourable privie counsell for that effect: which petition the saids commissioners taking to consideration did call for the maisters and members of the kings colledge, and efter inquirie did find that the address made be the kings colledge to the saids lettres of privie eounsell was done without the knowledge or consent of the bishop of Aberdein chancellar of the said universitie, (trustie at the tyme for uplifting and imploying of the said money) by one of the members therof, alledging that he was clothed with ane commissione from the said universitie: But efter further inquirie it was found and acknowledged that it was only at ane casuall and accidentall meeting of some of the members therof, at which neather the principall nor severall other maisters ware present nor desyred therto, nor yet acquainted with ther designe and procedour therin; and therfor the saids commissioners thinks fitt that this (being matter of fact) may be represented to the lords of his majesties most honourable privie counsell, and doe seriouslie recomend the petitioners to ther lordships, that they wold take to ther consideration ther so reasonable desyre and compleant.
The said day, Mr. Robert Patersone, one of the regents of the colledge Marischall, having supplicat the saids commissioners to grant ther recomendation to the lords of counsell and sessione for dispatch and expedition of that process and action depending befoir ther lordships betuixt the tonne of Aberdein and the colledgc Marischall, anent the right of patronage of anc bibliothecar for the bibliotheck of the said colledge Marischall, mortified be doctor Reid, secretary in the Latine tongue to king James the sixt of blessed memoric; the saids commissioners did grant ther recomendation for that effect conforme to the desyr of the said petition.
The said day, it was propounded that it might be represented to his majestie that the maisters of the saids colledges might be soe provyded, that they might teach ther scollars "freely without any things to be required from them.
Att the colledge Marischall of Aberdein, quinto Maij, ante meridiem.
Sederunt, the earle Marischall, the lord bishop, Mr. Alexander Ross, Mr. James Gordon, Mr. Patrick Sibbald, and Mr. Georg Meldrum, maister Dauid Lyall being absent.
The said day, consideration being takin for removing of disorders and setling of peace betuixt the saids colledges, arysing upon the occasion of the regents ther soliciting for and seeking in of scollars throw the countrey, and ane considerable tyme being takin therin, efter hearing at length the rectors principalis and haill maisters and members of both colledges theranent, and it being proposed that the rectifieing of this disorder might be remeeded either by the regents ther giving ther oathes to forbear that practise in seeking in of scholleris in that kind, or otherwise by equall divisione of the stipends; some of the maisters and members of both colledges being for the one, and others for the other (most of the regents inclining to devyde the stipends), and at present they not being all of one judgement theranent; all the maisters of the kings colledge did humblie desyre that the forsaids comissioners wold delay and continue ther decisione and determinatione theruntill for some litle tyme untill ther next meeting, againe which tyme they resolve to indevour the finding out some feaseable meane for rectifiing the said abuse, which they should humblie propose to the saids comissioners at the said nixt meeting. The commissioners haweing pondred the desyre of the said kings colledge, although they looked upon that over