University of Edinburgh

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Type:University or College
Established: 1582
Tourist Rating: No
Text of Entry Updated: 05-OCT-2022

Latitude: 55.9474°N Longitude: 3.1873°W
National Grid Reference: NT 259 733
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Edinburgh has had a exceptional number of the famous amongst its former students, staff and rectors, the latter category including the Prime Ministers William Gladstone (1809-98), Archibald Primrose (5th Earl of Rosebery; 1847 - 1929), Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) and Gordon Brown (b.1951), authors Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881) and Magnus Magnusson (1929 - 2007), and actors Alastair Sim (1900-76) and James Robertson Justice (1905-75). Remarkable connections exist with the Darwin family. Naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-82) studied medicine here 1825-27 but never graduated. His uncle and namesake died in 1778 while he was also a medical student in Edinburgh and lies buried next to the University in the graveyard of the former Buccleuch Parish Church. Darwin's grandson Charles Galton Darwin (1887 - 1962) worked here as the first Tait Professor of Natural Philosophy (later Physics).
References and Further Reading
Catto, Iain (ed.) (1989) 'No Spirits and Precious Few Women': Edinburgh University Union 1889 - 1989. Edinburgh University Union, Edinburgh
Footman, Ray and Bruce Young (1983) Edinburgh University - An Illustrated Memoir. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Gifford, John, Colin McWilliam and David Walker (1991) The Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh. Penguin, London
McKean, Charles, with David Walker (1982) Edinburgh: An Illustrated Architectural Guide. RIAS Publications, Edinburgh

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