Papers of James Wilkie Nisbet, 1903-1974, student, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

GB 0248 DC 349 contains:  

  • Political Economy lecture notes 1921;
  • Roman Law lecture notes 1922-1923;
  • Constitutional Law and History lecture notes 1923-1924;
  • Forensic Medicine lecture notes 1923-1924;
  • Civil Law lecture notes 1924-1925;
  • Economic History lecture notes 1924-1925;
  • International Private Law lecture notes 1927.

GB 0248 DC 232 contains:  

  • Psychology 1925;
  • Moral Philosophy - Kant 1925;
  • Moral Philosophy - Plato, Philibus, Bosanquet 1925-1926;
  • Moral Philosophy - Croce, Place of Aesthetics 1925-1926;
  • Moral Philosophy - Spinoza 1926;
  • Moral Philosophy - Bosanquet 1926;
  • Philosophy reading notes 1920s;
  • Class tickets 1924-1925.

Administrative / Biographical History

James W Nisbet was born in 1903 and matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1921 at the age of 17 and took Latin, for which he obtained a Certificate of Distinction; Political Economy, in which he also gained a Certificate of Distinction; and Mathematics to gain a Special Certificate.

In his second year (1922/1923) he studied Higher Political Economics, English and Logic and Metaphysics, gaining first prize and the Buchanan prize in the latter.

In Nisbet's third year (1923/1924) he took Higher Ordinary Logic and Metaphysics and gained a 1st class Certificate of Merit, Political Economics Honours and Constitutional Law and History, gaining second in class and third in class for Forensic Medicine.

In 1924/1935 he took Honours Logic and Political Economics, Economic History and Civil Law, where he gained 3rd prize. In his final year (1925/1926) he studied Scots Law to acquire a distinction, Public International Law and took 2nd prize; Jurisprudence also 2nd prize, with a 1st class certificate; Moral Philosophy, gaining 1st prize and the Edward Caird Medal, and in the summer term of 1926, taking Evidence and Procedure to become fourth in that class.

He graduated MA in  1924 , and LLB in  1926  and eventually become a university lecturer. He died in 1974, aged 71.


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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level description compiled by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 29 November 2007.

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