Records of University of Edinburgh Dialectic Society

Scope and Content

Records of membership, meetings, finance, administration and activities of the society.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Dialectic Society was established in 1787. Along with the Scots Law, Plinian, Hunterian Medical and Diagnostic Societies, it formed The Associated Societies during the session of 1833-1834. This stemmed from earlier cooperation the previous session in opposition to Edinburgh Town Council and the Senatus Academicus of the University.


Arranged into seven series: History, Records of Members; Laws of the Society, Minutes, Draft Minutes, Cash Books, Miscellaneous Items

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Acquisition Information

Acquired prior to 1983 (when these records are referred to in Four Centuries: Edinburgh University Life)

Appraisal Information

No appraisal has been undertaken. Duplicates have been identified but retained.


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