Laureation Degrees (First Laureation Album), 1587-1809
Scope and Contents
This first class consisted of 47 students, all of whom signed their names, a practice which continued well into the 18th century. Additions were made against the names of the early graduates, probably by later Professors, adding designations such as 'minister verbi' or, for example, 'Primarius, prius Regens' against the name of Henry Charteris and Patrick Sands, who weer in the first class of graduates, and who became Principal in 1597 and 1620 respectively. The Register records all graduates up to 1712, and medical graduates from 1710 up to 1809.The Register itself was active in the University until 1809, and it can be safely said that it played a central role in the life of the institution for over 200 years.
Many of the signatures in the volume are of key figures in the life of the University, and include those of Robert Rollock, the first Principal, William Drummond of Hawthornden, the Poet and Benefactor to the University, Robert Leighton, and Hugh Blair.
The album was bound, at some point, out of its proper chronological sequence and remained so until quite recently.
- University of Edinburgh (Scottish University) (Organization)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
- Blair, Hugh, 1718-1800 (Church of Scotland Minister, Professor of Rhetoric)
- Charteris, Henry, 1565-1628 (Regent and Principal of the University of Edinburgh)
- Drummond, William, 1585-1649 (Poet)
- Graduation Ceremonies
- Leighton, Robert, 1611-1684 (Archbishop of Glasgow)
- Rollock, Robert, c1555-1599 (Principal of the University of Edinburgh)
- Sands, Patrick, c1567-1638 (Principal of the University of Edinburgh)
- Student Records