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the faculty of arts to the first of April following; to give account of his receipts to those elected by the University; and to cause reform the habits, caps, and hoods of the masters and bachelors, and to maintain decently the requisite number of these, under a penalty to be imposed by the rector and visitors. p. 265.

23. No boys to be allowed to serve the masters or students, within the walls of

the College, except such as are able to speak Latin, and not to enter the hall, especially during supper and dinner; and the masters, regents, and students in theology and arts, to be served weekly by two bursars only, who are to share with the economus in the after meal. p. 265.

24. Poor persons alone to get bursaries in arts, and these to have all things

gratis. p. 265.

25. The common procurator to be elected yearly every first day of May; to

render his accounts to the principal, subprincipal, and regents, four times a-year, viz., on the first day of August, the first of November, and, lastly, on the first of February, and, at the end of the year, a full account of the whole: these accounts to be examined by the rector and four visitors, elected by the University, before they are recorded in the original books. p. 265.

26. The procurator, in the month of July, yearly, on receipt of the revenues of

the church of Aberlothnott, to put sixty pounds Scots, of gold and silver money only, in a coffer, for the repair of the College, and other six pounds for the support of the manses of the civilist, mediciner, and grammarian: for the safe keeping of this money, a casket to be made, with three locks and keys, according to the foundation, for the rector, principal, and subprincipal; and none of this money to be spent without the consent of the rector and four visitors, appointed by the University, or the majority of them. p. 266.

27. The procurator to cause no extraordinary expenses, unless by express command of the principal, subprincipal, and regents. The lamp before the holy sacrament to be kept continually burning, and the little monstrance for the keeping of the holy sacrament, to be put in a loftier place, p. 266.

2"<. The procurator to provide the economus seasonably with meal, bread, ale, flesh, and fish, and also coals, candles, and other necessaries, for the support of the masters and scholars: the economus to keep daily accounts of his receipts; the food to be new, and, with the ale, to be in proportion to the sum of money allowed to the members; and the principal and subprincipal to examine, at least once a month, whether the economus buys and preserves articles according to the entries in the ration book. p. 266. 29. The principal, subprincipal, regents, procurator, and cconomus to attend to

the decent appearance of the College, and all its parts, within and without; care of the fuel to be taken for fear of fire. p. 267.

30. The above persons and the procurator to see that the sacrist does his duty

in washing the vestments, and cleaning the brazen vessels belonging to the College, and in keeping the gutters of the church ; also, that the cantor discharges his duty; and to see also as to the regulating of the clock and ringing of the bells, and that the janitors keep the place and its interior, p. 267.

31. No female brewers or bakers to enter the College: all such things, on ac

count of the great inconveniences arising from such dealings, to be received at the gate, or within by a proper servant. p. 267.

32. Neither women nor rustics to enter the church by the College gates, but by

the outer door of the church. p. 267.

33. The principal to provide privies as soon as possible. p. 268.

34. The principal and subprincipal not to be procurators or economists of the

College. p. 268.

35. The principal and subprincipal to read in theology, at least thrice a week,

that is, on every reading day till Saturday to the students of theology and others wishing to hear, at eight, A.m., in the class.rooms or hall, and to oversee the lectures given by the juniors in philosophy and arts ; and to see that each of the doctors and masters preach the word of God in the vulgar tongue to the people, at least seven times a year, but more frequently in Lent, and in their common churches, and at least four times a year, where most convenient; and to persuade the students in theology to preach in their common churches, that they may become accustomed to, and ready in, preaching. p. 268.

36. The students of theology to study theology and philosophy continually, to be

present at the meetings for philosophy and the Saturday discussions, and to have, in their order, beginning with the seniors, public theological discussions in the class-rooms once a fortnight on Saturdays during the following year, in presence of all wishing to hear, and once a week during the succeeding year, under a penalty to be imposed by the rector, p. 268.

37. These to have also Latin speeches on the twelve days therein mentioned.

p. 268.

38. They are also to cause themselves be made priests within a year from the

day of their entry, on pain of being deprived of their bursaries, and, after their promotion, to celebrate masses for the founder: they are, moreover, under the like penalty, to have themselves promoted to be bachelors within forty days, and then to read in theology. p. 268.

39. The principal and regents to read the Bible daily throughout the year, before

and after dinner and supper. p. 269.

40. The students in theology, who have had the regency in arts assigned them,

to have, for their pains, four pounds Scots, in addition to their stipends.

p. 269.

41. The regents to commence their lectures immediately after the ringing of the

bell, and so in regard to questions, that the students may have no occasion for being idle. p. 269.

42. The expenditure, both in the class-rooms and in the hall, in the promotion

of masters and bachelors, not to exceed fourteen shillings; the bursars, however, to be promoted gratis; and good and worthy men only to be admitted at these proceedings. p. 269.

43. None but those who are called by name to be admitted in the feasts of the

bachelors and masters on their promotion; and low persons and boys not to be admitted as formerly. p. 269.

44. The fee payable by those who are to be created masters or bachelors not to

exceed thirteen shillings from the rich; a beneficed person, or the son of an earl or great baron, not to pay above twenty shillings: those of an inferior class to be charged at the discretion of the examiners and regents, with the advice of the rector; the receiver of these fees to render his account yearly, and to have for the stuffed hood used in the examination of those to be made masters, eighteenpence from the rich, and twelve pence from those of a lower class, and to render account of this money, p. 269.

45. The fees payable by the students to their regents. p. 270.

46. The fees payable by the students for their regents, at banquets in the hall

on public promotions. p. 270.

47. Fees due to the bedallus. p. 271.

48. The grammarian, mediciner, and civilist to ask nothing for the repair of their

manses beyond the five pounds set apart for that purpose. p. 271.

49. Six chambers to be set apart for the students in theology, along with whom twelve students in arts shall be placed. p. 271.

50. The sum payable by the rich for the festivals of the Nativity, John the Bap

tist, and the apostles Peter and Paul, not to exceed twelve pence; the poor to pay nothing. p. 271.

51. The students in theology required to have themselves promoted to the priest

hood before Pasch, 1550, &c, &c, on paia of being deprived of their bursaries. p. 27 K

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Royal Visitation Op 1619. p. 273.

Commission by James VI. to certain persons therein mentioned, impowering them, or any seven or more of them (the Bishop of Aberdeen being one), to meet at the academiae of Old and New Aberdeen as often as they shall think meet, to call before them the professors and founded members of these academiae, to inquire into the management of their revenues, and the manner of teaching, and the statutes observed in them, to correct and amend the abuses and departures from the foundations reported to have crept into these institutions, if they shall find such exisiting, and to report thereon to the lords of the Privy Council. p. 273.


Minutes of the meetings of these commissioners, the first sederunt being held on 14 September, 1619. p. 275.

(From the original record in the Archives of the University.)

The commissioners find that no formal election or admission had been observed according to the statutes, the greater number of the founded members being abolished, and that the principal had no right to the office of common procurator. p. 275.

The principal found deficient in teaching. p. 276.

The revenues of the College ill managed. p. 276.

All the statutes broken or neglected, the fees of the students misapplied, the College furniture dilapidated, and the College ruinous. p. 276.

Notwithstanding the annexation of the deanery and subchantory of Aberdeen, and the parsonage of Methlic, the estate of the College found to be miserable, and preaching neglected in the kirks. p. 276.

The principal bound to see to the plantation of the kirks, the repair of the College buildings and furniture, and to free the College of debt. p. 277.

The two turrets on the round towers to be repaired with lead; the offices which were abolished filled up. p. 278.

Resistance given to the commission in the visitation of Marischal College. 16 September, 1619. p. 278.

Royal visitation of 1623, Qbeing a continuation of the former.] p. 280.

Report of the necessary repairs to the College. p. 282.

Visitation Of The Chancellor. 2 May, 1628. p. 283.

(From the original record.) Banquets at graduations and examinations abolished; the students to be graduated being allowed to give the masters "a drink upon foot," and any sum they think proper in addition to their fees, and required to pay four pounds Scots to the library. p_ 283. Visitation Op 1638. p. 285.

(From the original record.) Tbe King's commission to the Marquis of Huntly, granted because the principal and four regents had attempted to abolish the old foundation, and the professions of medicine and law. p. 286. A copy of the alleged new foundation produced to the commissioners, and the professors of medicine and canon law appointed to answer thereto,

pp. 287, 288.

The principal ordained to teach two lessons weekly, one in theology and the other in Hebrew. p. 288.

The members of the College produce their presentations to their offices which are admitted until farther orders are received from his Majesty.

pp. 289, 290.

Supplication and protest given in to the commission by the principal, subprincipal, grammarian, regents, officers, and bursars, in support of the new foundation. pp. 291, 295.

Answer thereto. pp. 295, 298.

Additional answer, signed by the Mediciner and Canonist. pp. 298, 303.

Articles from the University in Old Aberdeen, which Dr. Gordoun is to represent to the King, that he may grant to the University the power of conservatory and jurisdiction, for the protection of their properties and privileges. pp. 304, 310.

Act of the commissioners of the four Universities, for a uniform course of teaching, government, and discipline. 4 August, 1642. p. 310. (From a certified copy in the Archives of the University.)

Acts of the visitors appointed by the General Assembly, ordaining that the scholars be taught Paraeus upon Ursine, on the Lord's day; that all the masters attend the daily meetings of the students at eleven o'clock, for resolving their doubts; that the custom of speaking English, which had crept in, be abolished; and that the professor of divinity attend, and have a vote in all University meetings, but without prejudice to any particular College. 21 May, 1647. p. 310.


Extract commission of the General Assembly, for visiting the University of Aberdeen, and the Colleges of the Old and New Town thereof. 27 July, 1649. p. 312.


Commission by Parliament for visiting the Universities and Colleges of Aberdeen. 22 February, 1661. p. 313. (From a copy in the Archives of the University.)

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