Material relating to William Black of Aberdeen (fl. 1684-1693)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 237 Coll-795
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English, and Latin.
  • Physical Description
      1 box, 1 manuscript volume. Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
  • Location
      MS 2941; Dc.1.32

Scope and Content

The material consists of the Physics course Introductio ad physicam specialem, in usum juventutis academicae conscripta 1696, and a transcript in both Latin and English along with circa 20 copies of sketches.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Black was a Regent (Professor) at Kings College, Aberdeen. He first appeared in Aberdeen University records as a Regent for the Tertian class (3rd year Arts course), 1684-1685. He was then the Regent of the Magistrand (final year) class, 1685-1686. Professor Black set about writing a course in Physics for the University.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Material received from Ms. Maria Forbes, January 1999, Accession no. E99.02.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.


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