Records of the Faculty Office

Scope and Content

  • Faculty meeting minutes  1642-1859  (GB 0248 GUA 26621, 26626, 26631, 26634-26635, 26647-26650, 26690-26703)
  • Dean of Faculty's meeting minutes  1732-1772  (GB 0248 GU 26645-26646)

Administrative / Biographical History

Under the Nova Erectio of 1577, the new constitution of the University of Glasgow, the property of the university was invested in the Principal and Masters to the exclusion of the Chancellor, Rector and Dean of Faculties. It also made provision for three Regents (who later became professors). By the mid nineteenth century, the Faculty, or College, consisted of the Principal, who presided and held a casting vote, and the Professors of the 13 oldest chairs: namely, Divinity, Church History, Oriental Languages, Natural Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Mathematics, Logic, Greek, Humanity, Civil Law, Medicine, Anatomy, and Practical Astronomy. The members of the Faculty had the administration of the whole revenue and property of the College, along with the right of exercising the patronage of eight professorships vested in the College. They also presented a minister to the Parish of Govan, and had the gift of various bursaries. Until 1858, the whole business of the University was transacted in three distinct courts - namely, the Senate, the Faculty, and the Comitia.

The Universities (Scotland) Act of 1858 made important changes to the constitution and government of Glasgow University. The distinction between the Faculty and the Senate was abolished, the Senate absorbing the Faculty, two new bodies, called the University Court, and University Council, were instituted; and Commissioners were appointed, armed with extensive powers of revision and regulation, who issued ordinances, sanctioned by the Crown, in accordance with which the affairs of the University were then administered.


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Related Material

GB 0248 GUA C  Records of the University Court

GB 0248 GUA P  Records of the Principal's Office


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Subfonds level description compiled by Emily Woolmore, GASHE project archivist , 10 April 2000  . Amended by Lesley Richmond, October 2002  .