University of Edinburgh Charter

Scope and Content

Charter under the Great Seal. The seal itself is not present.

Administrative / Biographical History

The University of Edinburgh was established as the 'Tounis College' by a charter of novodamus from King James VI of Scotland in 1582.. This gifted old ecclesiastical revenues to the burgh of Edinburgh to be used to establish a college.

Access Information

This item is not normally produced for general consultation. A good article, facsimile and translation is available in Charters of Foundation and Early Documents, (Coimbra Group , 1994) .

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Acquisition Information

Long term loan from Edinburgh City Archives (its ref. Historical Charter 65), Acc 96/018.

Alternative Form Available

Published copy in, Charters of Foundation and Early Documents, (Coimbra Group , 1994)

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Grant Buttars, 13 November 2007

Custodial History

Assumed to have been in the posession of the city until loaned to the University in November 1995.


Charters of Foundation and Early Documents, (Coimbra Group , 1994)