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First Matriculation, 1869-1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ADS/STA/4

Scope and Contents

These volumes contain the names of students, recorded at the occasion of the first time of matriculating. Subsequent years of matriculating were not recorded here, but are recorded in the Matriculation Albums. Occasionally students who changed courses were recorded again. There were changes over time in terms of what was recorded, as follows:

Changes in record content over time:

From 1869/70
Name in full
Age last birthday
Faculty/Faculties of proposed study
Previous medical education (3 categories)
Previous university education (4 categories)
(page annotated with matriculation number but not within form)
In addition, from 1873/4:
Matriculation number integrated with rest of form as Number of signature in album
In addition, from 1875/76:
Previous medical education changed to Previous medical education other than University education (still with 4 categories)
In addition, from 1884/85:
Of what country
In addition, from 1894/95:
1920/21 - various changes, resulting in:
Matriculation number (number of signature in album)
Name in full
Addresses – Edinburgh; Permanent
Name and address of nearest relative and relationship
Birthplace (Town or parish)
Of what country (nationality)
Of what religious denomination
Age last birthday
Faculty or Faculties of propos ed study (if Science, state dept.)
Date and number of Scottish Universities Entrance Board cert.
School Education
Previous University Education (4 categories)
Previous medical (other than University) education
In addition, from 1921/22:
Previous OTC training (continues until 1930/31)
In addition, from 1928/29:
Various questions relating to sports and sporting achievements (continues until 1930/31)


  • Creation: 1869-1961


Language of Materials


Physical Description

?? metres 95 bound volumes

Conditions Governing Access

Under terms of the Data Protection Act, student records are closed where they relate to living individuals. Records for individuals who did or would have graduated less than 75 years ago will only be made available where proof is given that the individual in question is deceased.

Biographical / Historical

The recording of the first matriculation of students at Edinburgh University appears to have begun in 1869 after the introduction of new regulations for University Matriculation in the Universities (Scotland) Act 1858.


From the Fonds: 100 plus linear metres

Physical Description

?? metres 95 bound volumes

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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