Papers of Alexander Hepburn (fl. 1640)

Scope and Content

The material consists of: evidence of admission to the use of Edinburgh University Library; dictates, 1639; and, dictates on the Sphera of Sacrobosco, 1643-1644.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Hepburn was the son of the parson of Oldhamstocks. He studied at Edinburgh University. Hepburn was elected as first a Regent of the University in 1625 - Regent of Humanities - then a Professor of Philosophy in 1631. He retired from office in 1644.

Access Information

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


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Dalzel, Andrew History of the University of Edinburgh. Vol. 2. History. Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1862.

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.

Related Material

The local Indexes also show a reference to papers in the Laing Collection relating to the Hepburn family of Oldhamstocks, 17th and 18th century, at La.II.510 (check the Indexes for more details).

Corporate Names