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Scottish University Maces
Aberdeen Journal


January 24, 1913.
Scottish University Maces.

The four oldest maces in Scotland, which belong to the Universities of St Andrews and Glasgow, were made in the fifteenth century, and have, with one exception, heads of tabernacle form; while all the others, which belong respectively to the City of Edinburgh, the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and the College of Justice, were made in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and later, and have bell-shaped heads.

The mace of King’s College, Aberdeen, was made in 1650 by Walter Melvil, an Aberdeen goldsmith, but from the records of the College it appears that two older maces had existed before this date. A not improbable theory is that the older of these maces was the gift of Bishop Elphinstone, and that its design was similar to those at Glasgow and St Andrews, with heads of tabernacle form. The mace of Marischal College. Aberdeen, dates 1671, and was made in London.

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