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Acts of the visitation of the King's College of Aberdeen, under a sub-commission granted by the commissioners for visitation of colleges and universities, proceeding upon a commission from Charles II., dated 16 January, 1663-4. p. 315.

(From the original record.)

Inquiry to be made as to the disposal of the money received from some Englishmen for graduations. 29 September, 1664. p. 318.

Rectorial meetings to be held to compare the old and new laws, and a register of proceedings to be kept. p. 319.

The expediency of the office of civilist referred to the general commission.

p. 320.

It is found there is no necessity for the office of canonist. p. 320.

The old law that the regents serve only six years renewed, a power of dispensation being given to the chancellor and rector. 3Q September, 1664.

p. 320.

The regents while in office to study theology. p. 321.

No laureations to be held in private, or without examination, except on weighty considerations, and with the advice of the chancellor, rector, and whole members of the University. p. 321.

Entering examinations appointed yearly; the disposal of examination money referred to the rectorial meeting. p. 321.

The regents in exacting fees to observe the old laws. p. 321.

The two professors of divinity ordained to continue keeping, each, two days of the week separately from each other, till the middle of June, and as much longer as scholars will stay with them; and to distribute common heads on which the students may sustain theses weekly, after the beginning of February, in the presence of each professor alternately; the advanced students to have their homilies at these meetings. 26 October, 1664.

p. 322.

The stipends of the professors of divinity in both Colleges. p. 322.

Those students who committed a riot on the Lord's day not to be received again into the College, nor to be graduated therein, till they submit to the censure of the masters and the Kirk Session of the Old Town. 21 June, 1665. p. 325.

The principal to note the diligence of the masters, whom, if unimproved by two admonitions, he is to report to the rectorial meeting to be censured; and, if they again fail, they are to be deposed by the chancellor. p. 325.

Act by the commissioners for visiting Universities, ordaining that the scholars in Universities meet at Michaelmas yearly, none being admitted after the tenth day of November, and that all stay till the twentieth day of July, except the Magistrand class, which is permitted to dissolve on the first day of May; and that no students be received from one University into another, without sufficient testimonials. p. 326. (Engrossed in the Minute Book of King's College, of date 26 April, 1665.) Visitation of the two Colleges of Aberdeen, under an Act by the Lords of Privy Council, 1669. pp. 326, 334. (From the original record.) The commissioners find that the precedence belongs to the King's University.

14 April, 1669. p. 327.

The students ordained to observe the times of meeting at and departure front College. p. 327.

The wearing of arms prohibited to the students within, between, or about the towns. 15 April, 1669. p. 328.

No scholar to be received until first presented to the principal, who is to keep a register of his name, and the times of his entry and removal. p. 328.

The masters to cause the students observe the Lord's day, on which they are to have religious lessons, and sermons; the masters also to fit the students for receiving the communion. p. 328,

Rectorial meetings to be held at least twice a year, in December and April, or as often as necessary. p. 328.

The masters of the King's College ordained to elect a" rector, according to custom: if they fail in so doing, the bishop, as chancellor, to nominate one.

p. 328.

The use of Latin to be revived; students speaking English to be censured.

p. 328.

The masters of both Colleges recommended to be sober in their apparel, p. 329.

No private graduations to be held in Marischal College without the consent of the Earl Marischal, the rector, principal, and regents, or in the King's College, without the consent of the bishop, rector, principal, and regents. p. 329.

The students of each College to treat the masters of both Colleges with equal respect. 16 April, 1669. p. 329.

Contract between the two Colleges as to the practices of the regents going about the country to entice scholars to their own College, and of the students passing from the one college to the other. p. 331.

Commission by Charles II. to the persons therein named, any three of them, with the Bishop of Aberdeen and the Earl Marischal, being a quorum, to visit the University and "Academiae" of Aberdeen, and to correct all abuses therein. 27 January, 1675. p. 334.


Acts of the visitation of the Colleges of Aberdeen, beginning 14 April, 1675.

(From the original record.) p. 336.

The commissioners agree to recommend the Lords of Session to decide with dispatch the action between the town of Aberdeen and the Marischal College, as to the patronage of the librarianship of that College. 4 May, 1675. p. 338.

A proposition made that the masters might be so provided by the King, as to be able to teach without exacting fees. p. 3.19.

The regents ordained to desist- from the practice of going through the country seeking scholars, until a settlement is made of the disputes between the Colleges in that matter. 5 May, 1675. p. 339.

The former statute in regard to private graduations confirmed: extra fees to be paid for such graduations. p. 340.

The custom of the " circulation" of scholars at their graduation revived, p. 341.

The former statute as to the presentation and registration of students at their entry confirmed. 23 May, 1676. p. 342.

The masters of both Colleges to consider as to the best mode of keeping the students from speaking English, swearing, and obscene talking, and also as to the best mode of keeping the College gates. p. 342.

The rectorial meetings to take account of the students' observance of the Sabbath, p. 342.

Articles agreed upon by the masters and members of both Colleges for the better observance of order and discipline in the Colleges. 24 May, 1676.

p. 344.

These articles approved of by the commissioners. p. 347.

That the students may be instructed in the grounds of religion, the commissioners ordain that some approved catechism be taught in both Colleges to the first class; "The whole duty of man" to the second class; "Grotius de verilate religionis Christiana^' to the third class; and, either " Paule's dialogues, Derlingeourt, or the Protestant Triumph" to the fourth class.

p. 347.

The Bishop and the Earl Marischal to continue or not, as they think fit, the regents in each College beyond the term of six years. 25 May, 1676.

p. 347.

Answers by the rector and principal of the King's College to the commissioners in regard to the number, names, duties, and salaries of the professors and masters of the College, the abuses therein, and foundations thereof.

p. 348.

The mortifications managed by the town of Aberdeen for behoof of the Colleges, produced before the commissioners. 16 May, 1677. p. 354.

Dr. James Leslie, principal of Marischal College, protests against the disorders in both Colleges, which are increasing instead of diminishing. p. 355.

Notes and minutes of a visitation in obedience to a commission from the King. 1680. p. 355.

(From the original record.)

The principal examined. 19 October, 1680. p. 356.

The civilist ordained to give his lesson once a week; if, from the meanness of the salary he refuse, the place to be declared vacant, and the salary to be allowed to increase till it be found sufficient for one discharging the duty.

p. 356.

The mediciner, subprincipal, and humanist, found to have done their duty.

p. 356.

The civilist allowed two months' absence to settle his affairs. 21 October, 1680.

p. 357.

The members of the College to agree as to keeping the College table by day, and the College by night. p. 358.

Act of Privy Council issued in consequence of indignities done by the students of King's College against their masters, requiring all magistrates to punish such insolencies. 10 March, 1685. p. 358.

(From an Extract in the Archives of the University.) Act of the Lords Commissioners of the visitation as to the choosing of the rector. 1 March, 1687. p. 359.

(From the original record.) Acts regulating the admission of regents in Colleges by examination, made by the Commission of Parliament, appointed for visiting the Universities and Colleges of Scotland, conform to the commission granted on 4 July, 1690, by King William and Queen Mary, and the Estates of Parliament. 27 September, 1690. p. 359.

(From the original minutes in the General Register House.) Deputation by the royal commissioners for the visitation of Universities to a committee of their own body to visit the King's and Marischal Colleges of Aberdeen. 27 September, 1690. p. 361.

(From the original minutes in the General Register House.) Acts of visitation, the first beginning 15 October, 1690. pp. 361, 386.

(From the original minutes in the General Register House.) The professor of divinity in King's College declines the jurisdiction of the subcommissioners, referring himself to the general commission, 17 October, 1690. p. 365.

He declines to subscribe the Confession of Faith, or to take the oath of allegiance meantime. p. 365.

The principal and professors give an account of the discipline observed in the College, and subscribe the Confession of Faith, and take the oath of allegiance. p. 366.

The sub-commissioners refer farther visitation to the general committee, p. 368.

Act of the General Commission exempting from examination regents who are transported from one College to another. 4 February, 1695. p. 368.

None to be graduated but such as are found qualified, after examination by the masters and regents, and such as are not immoral. p. 369.

Regents to be of the age of twenty-one years complete at their admission, p. 369.

The meetings of the Colleges to be on the first lawful day of November, and the teaching to continue till the last day of June, except in the Magistrand class, in which it is to continue only till the first of May. p. 369.

Students not to be received into one College from another without testimonials.

p. 369.

No student, who has studied at one College, to take out his degree at another,

without the consent of the masters of the first College. p. 370.

Students to be examined at entry and dismissal, in presence of the principal and

regents. p. 370.

Bursars to be strictly examined, and, if they do not make progress, to be turned

out of their bursaries; none to be admitted bursars without testimonials

from their presbytery, minister, or kirk session. p. 370.

The rudiments of mathematies to be taught every year. p. 370.

The hebdomadar to sleep within the College, and to visit the students' chambers

before six, A.m., and nine, P.m. 15 May, 1695. p. 372.

The masters to wear black gowns, and the students red. p. 372.

The dictates of the regents to be shown to the principal and faculty before being

taught to the students. p. 372.

A uniform course of philosophy to be printed and taught in all the Colleges, and

the faculty of each College to meet and compile its share of that course;

the whole to be ratified by a general meeting of delegates of each College

in Edinburgh. 1 August, 1695. p. 372.

None to be admitted to the Bajan class without trial of their knowledge of Latin;

and none to the semi-class without trial of their knowlege of Greek.

p. 374.

Masters and students to attend public worship on the Lord's day ; and the students, after the afternoon's sermon, to give account in their class-rooms to their regents of what they have heard that day : the regents to have a religious lesson weekly, of which also an account shall be required from the students; and to cause their students repeat the catechism, and to explain to them the Confession of Faith, &c. p. 375.

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