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University of Edinburgh Founding Day

"Nec temere, nec timide" - "Neither rashly nor timidly"

~ University of Edinburgh motto

Founded in 1582, the University commissioned this tartan to celebrate its long history in 2007.
One of the most prestigious and ancient universities in the world, Edinburgh University was founded in 1582, making it the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It was established by a royal charter granted by King James VI as "Collegium Regium Edinburgense" or the "College of Holy Saviour" to educate students predominantly in the fields of law, medicine, and the arts. From its inception, it has been a center of enlightenment and intellectual ferment, contributing significantly to the city's reputation as a hub of ideas and learning during the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century. Notable for its historic buildings and the comprehensive range of disciplines it offers, the University of Edinburgh has produced a wealth of distinguished alumni, including pioneers in medicine, literature, science, and politics. This esteemed institution continues to be a leader in research and education, attracting students and scholars from all over the globe. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🎓

Designed by Gordon Nicolson, this tartan was commissioned in 2007.

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582 by a royal charter granted by King James VI, is one of Scotland's ancient universities and remains one of the most prestigious in the world. Nestled in the heart of the city's historic Old Town, it initially existed as a college of law before expanding into a comprehensive university that encompassed a wide range of disciplines. Edinburgh's intellectual environment flourished particularly during the Enlightenment of the 18th century, making substantial contributions to law, philosophy, and medicine. This period saw the university become a crucible for ideas and theories that propelled it to the forefront of science and letters, hosting figures such as David Hume, Adam Smith, and later, Charles Darwin and James Clerk Maxwell.

The University of Edinburgh has always been at the cutting edge of innovation, from pioneering the use of anaesthesia with chloroform in surgery by Sir James Young Simpson to cloning the first mammal, Dolly the sheep, at the Roslin Institute in 1996. It has consistently ranked among the world's top universities, drawing students and faculty from across the globe. Today, the university boasts a vibrant community of over 44,000 students and offers programmes in various fields including humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and medicine. Its alumni include historical luminaries such as philosopher David Hume, naturalist Charles Darwin, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, and former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, reflecting the university’s significant impact on global society through its commitment to excellence and innovation.

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