Lectures of Professor Herbert Kennedy (d. 1698)

Scope and Content

The lectures are composed of: dictates on logic, 1687-1688, in Latin; Physica generalis, dictates, 1689; Synopsis metaphysica, dictates on metaphysics and physics, 1692; and, a philosophy thesis, 1694.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1684 Herbert Kennedy was teaching at Edinburgh University, instructing third year students of the Classis Baccalaureorum, or Bachelor Class, who studied chiefly ethics and mathematics. In 1685 he had charge of the fourth year students of Classis Magistrandorum, or Magistrand Class, studying physics and astronomy. In 1687 he had charge of Classis Semi Bejanorum, or the second year Semi Class, studying logic and metaphysics. In 1689 Kennedy was again teaching the Bachelors, as a Regent or Professor of Philosophy. Herbert Kennedy continued teaching at the University until his death in 1698.

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 from its foundation. 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.

Corporate Names