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Rollock, Robert, c1555-1599 (Principal of the University of Edinburgh)



Robert Rollock, the first Principal of Edinburgh University, was possibly born in 1555. He was educated in Stirling and in 1574 studied at St. Salvator's College, St. Andrews University. Soon after his graduation he became a Regent (or Professor) at the University, and in 1580 he became Director of the Faculty of Arts. At this time too he was studying Divinity. In 1583 he was appointed by Edinburgh Town Council as the sole Regent at the new college in the city - later to become known as Edinburgh University. By 1585-1586 he was known as the Principal or First Master, and in 1587 he became Professor of Theology retaining his office as Principal too. In 1590, Rollock became Assessor to the Moderator of the General Assembly and in 1591 was named as one of the committee set up by the Presbytery of Edinburgh to hold a conference with King James VI on the affairs of the Church of Scotland. He was persuaded to support the King's stance towards the Church, and he was made Moderator of the General Assembly held in Dundee in May 1597. Robert Rollock died in 1599.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Laureation Degrees (First Laureation Album), 1587-1809

 Item — Box EUA IN1/ADS/STA/1/1
Identifier: EUA IN1/ADS/STA/1/1
Scope and Contents This album begins with the text of the 'sponsio' or confession of Faith (sometimes referred to as the National Covenant) of 1580, to which the graduates subscribed, and which continued to be subscribed to by Professors and Students for many years. The entries for laureations (or graduations) begin in August 1587, when Robert Rollock, the first Principal 'did laureat the first classe which had passed under his charge in the Colledge of Edinburgh, after every one of them had subscrybed the...
Dates: 1587-1809

Papers relating to Robert Rollock

 Fonds — Volume Dc.4.68
Identifier: Coll-475
Scope and Contents

The material bound together consists of: 'Commentarius in primam beati Apostoli Petri Epistolam, a D. Roberto Rolloco ... inchoatus, et ab henrico Charterisio ... absolutus, 1627; and 'Latin epitaphs on Rollock by various friends and colleagues', circa 1627.

Dates: 17th century