Excerpt from Record of the Celebration of the Quatercentenary of the University of Aberdeen: From 25th to 28th September, 1906
Such festivals in Scotland originated in the last century; in more historically minded countries, we can trace a simple commemoration at Tiibingen or at Leyden, as a regular and normal occurrence. In Eng land the origin of Oxford and Cambridge was lost in legend and romance, and the spirit of veneration was satisfied by the annual commemorations of College Founders, the College rather than the University being the bond of union. In Scotland the accidents of history had made rites and ceremonies suspected, although, at King's College, Aberdeen, we can find evidence of the celebration of the Founder's Day in the eighteenth century. It is not until the closing years of the nineteenth that the idea came to be really received and acted upon. The University of St. Andrews allowed to pass unnoticed its quatercentenary in 1811. The change of feeling is well illustrated by the University of Glasgow, which ignored its quatercentenary in 1851, but' celebrated its ninth jubilee in 1901. The tercentenary of the University of Edinburgh, in 1884, was the first of these celebrations on a large scale in Scotland.
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