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What sources were used for Graduates to 1914?

The graduate information on the University of Glasgow Story, which covers the period 1451 to 1914, is taken from two nineteenth century publications. Both of these publications were compiled using a variety of University records which are held by Archive Services.

1. Munimenta Alme Universitatis Glasguensis (Records of the University of Glasgow from its foundation 'till 1727) [Munimenta]

Graduation Album 1578-82 (section)
Graduation Album 1578-82 (section)

This is a publication consisting of three volumes which contain transcripts of administrative University records. Edited by Mr Cosmo Innes, the Munimenta was published by the Maitland Club in 1854.

Volume II, Statutes and Annals, contains lists of early graduates, divided into annual lists of Bachelors (BA), Licentiates and Masters (MA) from 1451 to 1551. These lists were transcribed from the Annals of the Faculty of Arts 1451-1555, now held as part of the Clerk's Press.

Volume III, List of Members, brings together information on members of the University, such as office-bearers, graduates and students, and includes a list of graduates from 1578 to 1727. These details were taken from two University records listing the names of the graduates of the University and the year of graduation. Both records are held as part of the Clerk's Press.

For further information on University of Glasgow student records, see the University Archive website.

 

2. A Roll of the Graduates of the University of Glasgow

This was compiled by W Innes Addison, first Assistant to the Clerk of Senate and then University Registrar. Published in 1898, the Roll of Graduates provides a continuation of the graduate information available in the Munimenta. However, Addison used both the University's own records and other sources to add some biographical information about the University's graduates. The University records he used were:

  • Album Universitatis (1727-1763)
  • Register of Masters of Art (1764-1888)
  • Register of Doctors of Medicine (1728-1888)
  • Graduation Albums (1817-1914)
  • Matriculation Albums (1843-1914)
  • University Calendars (1826-1914)
  • General Council Registers (1868-1914)

Please go to the University of Glasgow student records page on the University of Glasgow Archive Services website for more information. The other sources he used included Post-Office Directories, newspapers, death registers, medical registers and medical directories, and the Dictionary of National Biography.

Years where there are no records of graduations at the University

There are no records of graduations during the following years:

  • 1452-1453
  • 1501: No examinations were held during this year on account of a plague in Glasgow
  • 1503-1505
  • 1510-1535: The records of the Faculty of Arts for this period have not survived
  • 1537
  • 1541-1550
  • 1552-1577
  • 1677-1694
  • 1696-1706

Where no explanation is given, the reason is unknown.

For further information on University of Glasgow student records, see the University Archive website.

3. Registrar's Roll of Graduates and Dates of Birth (R3/1/1)

Registrar's Roll of Graduates and Dates of Birth (spines)
Registrar's Roll of Graduates and Dates of Birth (spines)

This source is a book that contains three separate lists of graduates in alphabetical order. In most cases their full dates of birth as given to the University Registrar at time of graduation are recorded however there are some for whom no date of birth is noted and for some there is only a partial date.

The front cover of the book refers to the three alphabetical lists as three volumes which together cover the period 1881 to 1915. This reflects the fact that there are a total of 16 volumes in the series covering to 1946.

 

On this site we provide only the graduates from more than 100 years ago. This is in order to protect the privacy of living graduates.

 

Registrar's Roll of Graduates and Dates of Birth (section)
Registrar's Roll of Graduates and Dates of Birth (section)