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Att the Marischall colledge of Aberdein, the seventeint day of October M vi° and nyntie yeiris, at nyne a clock in the morning, conveined the saids fyue lords of the committie above named; the said earle Marischall preses. The committie haveing called for doctor James Gairdin professor of divinitie in the said kings colledge, he appeared and gave in ane paper, whereof the tenor followes:—To the right honorable the lords of the committie of visitatione for the colledges of Aberdein,—My lords, being doubtfull whether I am comprehended in the generall comissione for visitatione of schoolls and colledges, in respect that as I am not incorporated into any colledge, so I am, by vertue of my office, a member of the provinciall assemblie of Aberdein, to whom the power of nominating, electing, visiteing, and depriveing the divinitie professore in Old Aberdein, by the tenor of the foundatione of that professione and uninterrupted practise, doth belong, I humblie desyre to be excused from any farder appearance befor your lordships; and that you may be pleased to represent the caiss to the generall meitting of visitatione, who will (I presume) be tender of the concernes and priviledges both of the provinciall assemblie of Aberdein and of my successores, and in whose judgement concerning this matter I am willing to acquiesce; Ja. Gairden 1). and professor of divinitie in Old Aberdein. It being lykewayes proposed to the said doctor Gairdin if he would subscrive the confessione of faith, and swear and take the oath of alledgeance to their majesties king William and queen Marie, and subscrive the certificate and assureance, and if he would declair that he did submitt to the church government as now established by law; to all which the said doctor ansuered and craved to be excused for not giveing his opinion, untill he knew the mynd of the generall meitting theiranent. The lords of the committie haveing considdered the said doctor Gairdin his representationes and ansuers to the queries abovewriten, did ordaine him to attend the generall visitatione at Edinburgh, the first of November nixt; and ordained the clark to transmitt the said principall paper given in by him to the lords and members of the generall visitatione with the extract of the report. Marischall preses. Doctor George Midltoune principal 1 of the kings colledge compeirand; being interrogat upon the third article of the instructiones anent the discipline of the colledge etc., answered, that as to the discharge of the regents dutie in generall, he is perswaded that all of them are verie dilligent in attending and waiting on their respectiue duties and imployments, and remitts to the regents themselves to answer for themselves to the particulars in the querie; and being farder interrogate upon the first article, he ansuered that hitherto he had caried himself verie peaceablie and loyallie to their majesties, and intended so to doe in tyme to come, and wes readie to give any evidence he could for that effect. And being lykewayes interrogate annent the eight article, whether or not he would subscrive the confessione of faith, and swear and take the oath of alledgeance to their majesties king Williame and queen Marie, and subscrive the certificat and assureance ordained to be taken in Julij nyntie yeiris, and if he would declair if he would submitt to the church government as now established by law; the said principall ansuered, that in regaird the instrnctiones provyded that first he should be tryed on his lyfe and conversatione, and his dilligence of his dutie in his functione, theirfor he humblie craved that their lordships would be pleased first to discuss that point, leist his declairing himself willing to take these ingagements should be misconstructed as a designe to save him from lybells; and their lordships declairing that they had received no informatione against him, nor knew of any thing he could be charged with theiranent, he declaired that tho [if] he were left to himself he is not desyreous to take any ingadgements of that nature, yett he, being called to it by authoritie, and free in his conscience to doe it, wes willing to take them all four. Theirefter the oath of alledgeance wes administrat to, and taken by the said doctor Midltowne; as also the confessione of faith certificate and assureance wes subscrived by him; and he declaired his willingness to submitt to the church government now established by law. Theirefter compeired the said Mr. George Fraser subprincipall, master William Black and Mr. Alexander Fraser, regents of the said kings colledge; and being interrogate anent the third article of the instructiones, gave in the following accompt of ther conveniendums to be in the morning frae seven to nyne; in the forenoon to be frae ten to tuelf; in the efternoon, if not a pleay day, from four to sex, and if ane plea day, from fyve to sex. As to the discipline, according to the statuts of the colledge, some crymes are punished corporallie, others by pecuniall mulet, and grosser crymes by extrusione. As to the examinatione of the schollars upon their notts, it is the task of the masters in all the three convieniendums to examine them upon their notts and dictats, both in phisiologie and mathematicks. As to the office of hebdomaders; it is to attend and say prayers, morning and evining, in the comone schooll, to see the cattalloge faithfullie citted, to attend and say grace at the colledge table, and efter receiveing of the keyes of the geats at nyne a clock at night, to visit all the chambers in the colledge, with the publick censure to observe the absents, to inquyre if prayer and reading a pairt of the scripture be gone about, and to injoyne their students caireing for the fabrick from their fyre and candle; and the same in the morning; and to preceid in the publick disputs betuixt ten and tuelf on the Saturday, in the comone schooll. And as to the instructione of the schollars in the principles of christianitie, and the books taught for sacred lessones, by order of the former visitatione, upon the Lord's day in the efternoone; all masters convein their severall classes at fyve a clock, and continue to sex, examineing their sacred lessones; and if anie tyme remaine efter the lessone is examined, to take accompt of the sermone of the day. The books that are taught for sacred lessones are, Westminster confessione of faith, Thomas Vincent his catechisme, the whole dutie of man, Pooll's dialogues, Grotius de veritate religionis christiane. And as to the keeping of the kirk betuixt the second and third bell; all the masters and students convein in the publick schoolls, and efter cittatione of the cattallogue all goe to the kirk, each master befor his owen class. Theirefter Mr. John Moir civilist, doctor Patrick Urquhart mediciner, Mr. George Fraser snbprincipall, Mr. Patrick Gordone humanist, Mr. William Black and Mr. Alexander Fraser regents in the said kings colledge, being called, on efter ane other, and interrogate seperatlie out with the presence of anc another, whether or not they would subscrive the confessione of faith, and swear and take the oath of alledgeance to their majesties king William and queen Marie, and subscrive the certificate and assureance ordained to be taken be act of parliament in Julij nyntie yeir; and if they would declair that they doe submitt to the church government as now established by law, they all and everie on of them seperatlie, and outwith the presence of one aneother, as said is, ansuered that they were readic and willing swa to doc. Wherupon the saids lords did administrat to each of them the oath of alleadgeance and assureance, both which, with the confessione of faith, they instantlie subscrived: and declaired they were willing to submitt to the church government as now established by law. And theirefter the lords of the committie did adjourne their meitting till three a clock in the efternoon, and ordanit all pairties to attend the said tyme. Marischall . . . And as to the foundationes, mortificationes, and revenewes of both the saids colledges, with the money appointed for buying of bookes to the libraryes; it wes the judgement of the saids lords that the same would take so long tyme to be considdered and weill understood by them, that their present urgent occasione, with the earle Marischalls indispositione, could not permitt them to stay together such ane space; and theirfor it wes their humble opinione that the lords of the generall visitatione should recomend the full prosecutione theirof to them, to call such persones to their assistance as they think fitt, as may more convenientlie attend the same and make report theirof; which the lords of committie judges to be necessar, and are hopfull may tend much for the good of both colledges. And in regaird the lords of the committie understand that their are some of the masters of the saids two colledges who arc present keepers of the libraries theirof; and that the saids biblethecaries are appointed to appear befoir the said generall visitatione, the first day of November nixt; and considdering that their appearance befor the generall visitores the said tyme may be verie inconvenient, being the tyme of the downe sitting of the saids two colledges: theirfor it is the opinion of the said committie that the visitatione of these bibliothecarij be remitt lykewayes to the committee abone wreiten, to be appointed for considdering the revenewes of the said colledge, and that the generall visitatione may dispence with their compeirance at that tyme. Marischall preses. Extractum per me
Edinburgh the fourth day of February M vi° and nyntie-five yeares.
anent eieiim- The commission of parliament appointed for visiting universities, colledges, regents trims- and schooles, doe hereby enact and declare that no master or regent, who ubolc'tI-ynu.thB hereafter shall be transported from one colledge to another, shall be subject or lyable to undergoe the tryall appointed by an former act of the commission, dated the twenty-seventh day of September M vi° and nyntie yeares, notwithstanding therof. [Extracted, etc.]
Anent the foun" Edinburgh the fourth day of February, M vi° and nyntie-five yeares.
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udges ledges and schooles doe hereby appoint and ordaine the professores, masters, and other overseers of the haill severall universities and colledges within this kingdom, to transmitt ane accompt to the clerk of the commission of their severall foundations and mortifications made and left to them, and what sallaries the severall masters and professores have allowed them, and how the rents and revenews of the saids universities and colledges are presently managed and employed; and ordains the university of St. Andrews particularly to send ane accompt of the half monthly cess given to that university by the parliament, and how the samen has been employed, and appoints the forsaid accompts to be sent betwixt and the first Munday of Aprill nixt.
The commission appoints and enacts, as to the seventh article, that, at the aneut ■ strict time of laureation, the students be straitly examined in presence of the mas- °beMudl.nt".°' ters and regents publictly; and that non receave the degree of master of arts but such as shall be found sufficiently qualified by the faculty of the colledge; and alse, that non receave degree who are vitious and guilty of immoralitie, whill they satisfie the masters as to their amendment of life.
The commission enacts and appoints that no person in time coming be Anent the »ge admitted an professor or regent in any university or colledgo within this °l £i• admitted1 kingdome, to have the government of students, unles they be at least of the age of twenty-one yeares compleat.
The commission enacts and appoints that the masters and regents of all ancnt the timthe universities within this kingdome doe begin the teaching of their course IkeTM umiSing' for the subsequent year upon the first lawfull day of November yearly ; and °f <he colle'1P',, to continue teaching till the last day of Juno therafter, except the regent of the magistrand class, who is to continue teaching till the first day of May yearly ; but prejudice nevertheles to the colledge, who are in use to conveen sooner, that'they conveen conforme to the former custome, but not to begin the work of the following year till the first of November.
The commission enacts and appoints that no student shall be hereafter anem the n». admitted into any colledge who [shall] have been any former yeares studying JjUJ5,<belr'"' in an other colledge, unless he produce sufficient testificats of his good behaviour, signed be the principall or regent of the colledge where he last studied; and which testificats they shall be oblidged to grant when rcquyred, unles they can give very pregnant reasones for their refuseing; and if the masters, being requyred, shall refuse to grant the saids testificats without just cause, then it shall be leisume to any colledge, to which the student applyes, to receave him without oblidgeing him to produce the said testificat.