Notes by James Graham on the lectures of John Alexander, 1642-1643.

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Scope and Content

Notes, taken by James Graham, of the lectures of John Alexander of St Salvator's College, University of St Andrews.

  • pp.1-77 Lectures, based on Aristotle's Ethics, with occasional brief citations of the original, begun 21 April 1642, and completed 11 June 1642.
  • pp.78-113 Lectures on Aristotle's Physics, Book I, begun 7 November 1642, completed 8 December 1642.
  • pp.113-131 Lectures on Aristotle's Physics, Book II, begun 8 December 1642, completed 23 December 1642.
  • pp.131-150 Lectures on Aristotle's Physics, Book III, begun 23 December 1642, completed 6 January 1643.
  • pp.151-177 Lectures on Aristotle's Physics, Book IV, begun 6 January 1643, completed 26 January 1643.
  • p.178 scribbles
  • pp.179-189 Lectures on Aristotle's Physics, Book V, begun 25 January 1643, completed 2 February 1643.
  • pp.190-201 Lectures on Aristotle's De Coelo Book I, begun 2 February 1643, completed 8 February 1643.
  • pp.201-228 Lectures on Aristotle's De Coelo Books II and III, with line illustrations, begun 8 February 1643, completed 17 February 1643.
  • pp.228-237 Lectures on Aristotle's De Coelo Book IV, begun 17 February 1643, completed 19 February 1643.
  • pp.237-250 Lectures on De ortu et interitu Book IV, begun 21 February 1642 [sic].
  • pp.251-255 Brief notes on theological topics - the consolations of Christ, sin, creation of man.
  • pp.256-258 Brief notes, in a different hand, on the Beatitudes.
  • p.259 Note on a discourse on Matthew chapter 6, in the hand of John Graham, with his signature.
  • p.261 Note on cures for various ailments.
  • p.262 Notes on Universals.
  • p.263 Note in the hand of John Graham on propositions.
  • p.264 Note on divine omnipotence.
  • Text overlaps ruled borders.
  • Approximately 20 leaves excised between p.262 and 263 and 4 leaves missing after p.264.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Graham studied at St Andrews from 1639, graduating with an MA in 1643.


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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Binding: vellum with embossed decoration and initials 'WO' stamped on cover.Paper: 14.3x18.5cm

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

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Custodial History

Signature of John Graham [pp.225, 261].