University of Edinburgh


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Education Kathleen Jamie
But having drifted to Edinburgh, she attended Edinburgh University , where she studied for and received her MA in philosophy (in Scotland a first degree).
Taylor, Debbie. “Interview with Kathleen Jamie”. Mslexia, Vol.
, pp. 39-40.
Education Sophia Jex-Blake
SJB officially applied to study medicine at Edinburgh University .
Todd, Margaret. The Life of Sophia Jex-Blake. Macmillan.
Education Sir J. M. Barrie
James Barrie studied at Edinburgh University , where he earned his MA (in Scotland the first degree taken) in 1882.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Education Sophia Jex-Blake
SJB placed an advertisement in The Times asking women interested in entering a medical faculty to contact her. Her aim was to institute separate lectures for women and eventually that women should matriculate at Edinburgh University
Education Sophia Jex-Blake
Under pressure from SJB , the Chancellor of Edinburgh University approved a proposal to admit the first female medical students at a British university.
Blake, Catriona, and Wendy Savage. The Charge of the Parasols: Women’s Entry to the Medical Profession. Women’s Press.
Education Thomas Carlyle
He attended Annan Academy and, starting in 1809, the University of Edinburgh . He intended to enter the clergy but later changed his mind.
The Concise Dictionary of National Biography: From Earliest Times to 1985. Oxford University Press.
Drabble, Margaret, editor. The Oxford Companion to English Literature. Oxford University Press.
Corey, Melinda, and George Ochoa, editors. The Encyclopedia of the Victorian World. Henry Holt and Company.
Education Charlotte Stopes
Charlotte Carmichael (later CS ) took classes for women conducted by members of Edinburgh University who were concerned about the exclusion of females from the University.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
Education Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
He then entered Edinburgh University as a medical student—just after the university had successfully fought off the women seeking admission to the medical faculty. His most significant mentor was Joseph Bell (who was attached not...
Education Karen Gershon
At fifteen she found herself not at a real school but at a temporary training centre, Whittingehame Farm School at East Lothian inScotland. After to some extent recovering from her recent experiences she won...
Education J. K. Rowling
She then enrolled at Moray House (a teacher training college then attached to Heriot-Watt University but now part of Edinburgh University ) for a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education, without which she would not be qualified...
Education Oliver Goldsmith
After various local schools he attended Trinity College, Dublin , as a sizar: a poor student who financed his course by acting as a servant to other students. He was often in trouble with the...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Agnes Hamilton
MAH 's father, Robert Adamson , educated at Edinburgh University , became Professor of Logic and Metaphysics successively at Owens College (later merged in Manchester University), and the Universities of Aberdeen and then Glasgow ...
Family and Intimate relationships Shena Mackay
Her parents had met and fallen in love as students at Edinburgh University .
Family and Intimate relationships Henrietta Camilla Jenkin
Fleeming (pronounced Fleming) Jenkin had great abilities that were evident from an early age. His biographer, Robert Louis Stevenson , rates his mother's influence over him very high, and admires though he cannot wholly approve...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Brunton
Her widower, devastated at her death, later became professor of oriental languages at Edinburgh University , and lived until 1854.


14 April 1582: The College of Edinburgh (later the University...

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14 April 1582

The College of Edinburgh (later the University of Edinburgh) received its charter from James VI of Scotland (later James I of England).

1726: The University of Edinburgh established a...

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The University of Edinburgh established a medical faculty and the first chair of obstetrics in Great Britain.

1748-51: Adam Smith delivered lectures on rhetoric...

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Adam Smith delivered lectures on rhetoric and belles lettres at Edinburgh University : the first significant university programme devoted to the analysis of English literary discourse.

27 April 1762: The chair of Rhetoric to which Hugh Blair...

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27 April 1762

The chair of Rhetoric to which Hugh Blair (1718-1800) had been appointed at Edinburgh in 1760 was converted to a Regius Professorship of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres.

1820: Lectures on the Philosophy of the Human Mind...

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Lectures on the Philosophy of the Human Mind by Thomas Brown , Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University , appeared in four volumes in the year of his death.

1836: The Botanical Society of Edinburgh was f...

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21 August 1865: The Manchester Guardian reported the scandalous...

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21 August 1865

The Manchester Guardian reported the scandalous discovery that medical army inspector James Barry, who had recently been found dead, had also been found to be a woman.

October 1865: Elizabeth Garrett obtained an apothecary's...

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October 1865

Elizabeth Garrett obtained an apothecary's licence through the Society of Apothecaries : this began her medical career, after her rejection by the Universities of London , Edinburgh , St Andrews , Oxford , and Cambridge .

1868: James Africanus Beale Horton published at...

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James Africanus Beale Horton published at LondonWest African Countries and Peoples, British and Native, and A Vindication of the African Race, analysing the conditions required to establish self-government for his people.

March 1870: Edinburgh University student Mary Edith Pechey...

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March 1870

Edinburgh University student Mary Edith Pechey received the highest grades in her class for the Chemistry examination, but was denied the right to receive the Hope Scholarship.

: The five pioneering female medical students...

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The five pioneering female medical students at Edinburgh University were awarded significant honours.

October 1870: The General Council of Edinburgh University...

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October 1870

The General Council of Edinburgh University renewed their decision to keep female students out of the medical classes.

30 June 1871: After teaching female medical students for...

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30 June 1871

After teaching female medical students for thirteen months, the extra-mural lecturers at Edinburgh University revoked their resolution and announced that they would no longer teach separate classes.

October 1871: Under pressure from the public, the Senate...

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October 1871

Under pressure from the public, the Senate of Edinburgh University allowed the female medical students to sit the preliminary arts examinations, having previously banned them.

November 1871: The Senate of Edinburgh University decided...

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November 1871

The Senate of Edinburgh University decided to rescind all regulations allowing women entrance into the medical faculty.


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