The Domesday Book Of Queen's University (Volume 1) 1839-1900 p.249-1193

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The Domesday Book of Queen's University was established by Queen's Trustees in 1887, at the suggestion of Chancellor Sanford Fleming, to record the names of the university's benefactors and the main events in its history, which were to be written into the book every year. The book was kept up to date by Professor James Williamson and his successors, Librarian Lois Saunders and Professor Malcolm MacGillivray, until 1924, by which time the innovation of annual Principal's Reports (begun in 1916) rendered it unnecessary. The book takes its name from the original Domesday Book, a survey of England taken by William the Conqueror in 1086. The items to be described are the two handwritten volumes of the Book.

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The following are the names of the Students who matriculated this Session;

First Year [left column] George Rose John Thom Donald John McLeod John McLennan Joseph Evans George Campbell Andrew W. Hamilton

[right column] John McMillan David Macdonald William C. Clark William Bell William R Clunness Colins Macdonald Frederick G. Smith

Second Year [left column] Donald Macdonald James A. F. McLeod.

[right column] William W. Squire

Third Year [left column] Alexander Sproat Andrew Bell Robert Thibodo

[right column] Asa F. Wallbridge H.P. Bourchier John R. Benson

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Theology [left column] John Lindsay John H. Mackerras James Gordon James McEwen

[right column] David Watson Peter Watson Peter Lindsay James Rollo

The Revds. Principal Machar, Urquhart and George in compliance with the request of the Board of Trustees continued the discharge of their respective duties throughout the Session as Professors of Theology.

At the annual meeting of the Trustees, on 20th July 1853, the Executive Committee consisting of the local members gave in their report of their management of the Ordinary affairs of the College during the preceding year. Their proceedings were approved of, and thanks to the Committee were recorded.

The Acting Committee of the Colonial Committee together with the Revd Dr. Matheson and the Revd Dr. Cook, or whoever of them might be in Scotland having been authorized on 15th July

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1852 to seek out and recommend for appointment by the Board Professors to fill the vacancies existing in the College, Dr. Cook on 20th July 1853 gave in a verbal report of his procedings in Scotland with these objects in view, and submitted minutes of the General Assembly's Colonial Committee on the subject, and testimonials in favour of Mr. Weir and Mr. Geddes.

On the motion of the Revd Robert McGill, seconded by Hugh Allan Esq., it was resolved "that in view of the financial Condition of the College, which is a follows, viz300 Shares Commerical Bank @ £ 25. = £ 750 @ 7% £525. 0. 0. Other Investments £ 3226, @ 6% 193. 0. 0. Government Grant 500. 0. 0. Colonial Committee 366. 0. 0. Clergy Reserves 500. 0. 0. £2084. 0. 0.

it appears reasonable to expect that the Trustees will henceforth be able to offer the following Salaries to the Professors

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Principal £ 550. 0. 0. 4 Professors £ 350 each 1400. 0. 0. £ 1950. 0. 0."

It was further resolved, "that the Honble John Hamilton, the Honble Wm Morris, the Honble Peter McGill, the Revd Dr. Cook, and Hugh Allan Esq. be a Committee to ascertain the views of the Government in regard to the relation in which they wish they wish Queen's College to stand to the University of Toronto, and the inducements which the Government hold out to the Board to come into their views."

It was also resolved, "that the Revd Dr Machar, The Honble John Hamilton, and Messrs Andrew Drummond and John Mowat should be a committee to ascertain on what terms the house of Archdeacon Stuart could be obtained, and to take the opinion of an Architect, as to the changes necessary to be made for the accomodation of the College, and the said Committee be authorized to offer Five Thousand Pounds for the said Building, and the ground connected therewith, that is Six acres and a half, to be paid at such times as may be

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agreed upon."

And "that the Revd James George be appointed Professor of Logic and of Mental and Moral Philosophy and the Revd J. Malcolm Smith be appointed to the Chair of Ecclesiastical History, Biblical Criticism and Hebrew in the University."

At the same time, Dr Cook was authorized to write to Professor Menzies in name of the Board, requesting him to nominate Mr. Weird or Mr Geddes to the Cloassical Chair.

In consequence of the resignation of the Principalship by the Revd Dr. Machar, the Revd Alexr Spence, the Revd Robert McGill, the Honble John Hamilton, the Honorable William Morris, the Honble Peter McGill and Hugh Allan Esq were further appointed a Committee, Mr Morris to be Convener, to look out for a properly qualified Principal, and as soon as they have found an Individual whom they judge suitable and whom they have ascertained to be willing to accept the Office to report the same to a meeting of the Board to be called, if necessary, for that purpose, and in particular that they correspond with the Sub-Committee

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