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Old 30-09-2011, 02:17 PM   #531
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Bartizans on the West Tower of the new Town House in Aberdeen, Scotland, 1868-74

The area around Aberdeen has been settled since at least 8,000 years ago,when prehistoric villages lay around the mouths of the rivers Dee and Don.
Aberdeen City Council's logo with "Simplified" Coat of Arms

Aberdeen University arms

Latin: Universitas Aberdonensis

Motto Initium sapientiae timor domini (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom)

Marischal College front viewed from Upper Kirkgate
Marischal College New.

Marischal College is a building and former university in the centre of the city of Aberdeen in north-east Scotland. The building is owned by the University of Aberdeen and used for ceremonial events. A a significant portion of the College building leased on a long-term basis to Aberdeen City Council, providing the council with corporate office space adjacent to the city's Town house, the historic seat of local government.

In recent times, teaching at the university gravitated towards King's College or Foresterhill for medicine students and a new purpose for Marischal College was considered. As a consequence, a significant portion of the building is currently leased on a long-term basis to Aberdeen City Council for office space, teaching no longer taking place on the site. The university has retained the Mitchell Hall and a number of other significant parts of the building, in addition to the Marischal Museum for its own use. The building is currently undergoing extensive interior renovation to provide this office space and is currently closed to the public.

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Marischal College from the rear, showing Mitchell Tower and Mitchell Hall

Marischal College and University of Aberdeen was the formal name of the former university which occupied the present Marischal College site. The College was founded in 1593 by George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal of Scotland. The original charter of the university was lost by the early 18th century, but two near-contemporary copies exist - one of which was accepted by the courts in 1756 as being authentic. In this charter, Marischal College is described variously as a gymnasium, collegium (college), academia (academy) and universitas (university).

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland

The university played an important role leading the city of Edinburgh to its reputation as a chief intellectual centre during the Age of Enlightenment,

and helped give the city the nickname of the Athens of the north. Alumni of the university include some of the major... of modern history.

Marischal was the second of Scotland's post-mediaeval 'civic universities', following the University of Edinburgh, created without Papal bull and with a more modern structure, resembling more the Protestant arts colleges of continental Europe.

University of Edinburgh, Teviot
Teviot Row House, the oldest purpose built Student Union Building in the WORLD

Teviot was built in a 16th Century Scots architectural style with a crowstepped gables clasped by drum towers of the Falkland or Holyrood type but with large windows. It has large late Gothic traceried windows.

Plate tracery in the nave aisle windows of Soissons Cathedral (c.1200)

Bar tracery in the clerestory windows at Reims Cathedral (1230's). Note the cross section through a mullion shown within the left lancet

As bar tracery opened the way for more complex patterns, masons started applying those same patterns to other surfaces as well as the actual window openings.

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Crow-steps on a Scottish baronial building.

A Stepped gable, Crow-stepped gable, or Corbie step is a stair-step type of design at the top of the triangular gable-end of a building.

In 2002 the University was re-organised from its 9 faculties into three 'Colleges'. While technically not a collegiate university, it now comprises the Colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), Science & Engineering (SCE) and Medicine & Vet Medicine (MVM).

During the university period Teviot hosts a number of regular events that cater towards local students. These include an Open Mic Night, the Going Underground club night which specialises in indie music and a Sunday night Teviot Pursuit pub quiz which regularly attracts between 30 and 40 teams each week. Special one off annual events include a semester ending Christmas party and a Hallowe'en event which utilises the entire building

Old College
The University's Old College building as it currently stands

University of Edinburgh, Old College

Chancellors Building
The Medical School has consistently ranked among the top in the UK.

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St Leonard's Hall, Pollock Halls of Residence

Along with Salisbury Green, St Leonard's Hall is one of the original buildings on the Pollock Halls site. It is a Baronial style building, with pepper-pot turrets and a tower with corbelled-out bartizans and a cap-house which is said to be reminiscent of a Highland Croft House.

View of Pollock Halls from Holyrood Park

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