Marischal College, Second University in Aberdeen, Founded.

  • April 2, 1593

Marischal College is a large granite building on Broad Street in the centre of Aberdeen in north-east Scotland, and since 2011 has acted as the headquarters of Aberdeen City Council. However, the building was constructed for and is on long-term lease from the University of Aberdeen, which still uses parts of the building to store its museum collections.

Today, it provides corporate office space and public access to council services, adjacent to the Town House, the city’s historic seat of local government. Many Aberdonians consider Marischal College to be an icon of the “Granite City” and to symbolise the zenith of Aberdeen’s granite-working industry.

“Marischal College and University of Aberdeen” was the formal name of the former university which occupied the present Marischal College site then in New Aberdeen. 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).

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