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Copy of the work entitled 'Judgement of the Court of Session of Scotland...' edited with an introduction by John Donaldson, translated in German, 1853 (date of the original)

 Item — Box: CLX-A-355
Identifier: Coll-1848/18-0029

Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a compiled work entitled Gutachten des hochsten Gericht[s]hofes Schottlands nebst anderen Documenten, welche sich auf die Errichtung der Professur der Musik bei der Universitat von Edinburgh beziehen (Edinburgh, 1853), edited and with an introduction by John Donaldson, Reid Professor of the Theory of Music at the University of Edinburgh. The English title is 'Judgement of the court session of Scotland with other documents relating to the establishment of the Chair of Music in the University of Edinburgh'. This is a photocopy of the original edition in the Becker collection of the Musikbibliothek der Stadt, Leipzig, with a preface by Christopher D. S. Field.

This rare booklets was compiled by John Donaldson in 1853. The documents it contains all relate to the famous legal case brought in 1850-5 by the Town Council of Edinburgh (as Patrons of the University) against the Senatus Academicus (as trustees of the Reid Fund) over the endowment of the Reid Chair. By circulating the documents in German, Donaldson hoped to elicit from 'esteemed musical experts' on the Continent their views on the 'proper establishment and equipping' of the chair.


  • Creation: 1853 (date of the original)


Language of Materials

German, except for the preface which is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.


1 folder

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in December 2017. Accession no SC-Acc-2018-0029.

Processing Information

Catalogued in February 2018 by Aline Brodin.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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