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University of Edinburgh Journal

The University of Edinburgh Journal is published twice a year, in June and December, and sent to our members as part of their subscription to the University of Edinburgh Graduates' Association. The Association has also published supplements to the Journal in the form of the Roll of Honour 1939-1945 and the first issue of the University of Edinburgh Graduates' Association Calendar. 

The Editor of the Journal, Mr Peter Freshwater, invites our members, alumni of the University, and those interested in the City of Edinburgh to contact us with articles, creative pieces, notes, reviews, or obituaries which they may wish to submit for consideration.

The last issue of the most recently completed volume of the University of Edinburgh Journal can be downloaded for free using the following link:

History of the Journal

The University of Edinburgh Journal has been published continuously since 1925. Until the establishment in the 1950s of the University Gazette, later to be replaced by the University Bulletin, the Journal shared with the University Calendar the distinction of being the record of the University. For many years the Journal was the only regular magazine for alumni published by the University. The volumes of the Journal form an important data bank of information on the history and current affairs of the University. Each issue included pages of the University news and notes. Lists of deceased alumni and members of staff, and brief obituaries of selected alumni as well as appreciations of notable University figures, have long been and are still a much-valued feature. The Journal provides the University's only published Roll of Honour for World War 2. It appeared in instalments between 1943 and 1949 and, unlike its predecessor for World War 1, has not been reissued in book form.

Early volumes included the texts of many inaugural lectures by professors who later achieved international recognition and reputation and of guest and public lectures by visiting personalities on topics of current public interest; many of these are now seen as important contributions to historiography and bibliography. 


Professor David B Horn, for instance, reworked his ground-breaking articles in the Journal into his Short History of the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh University Press, 1967); and the text of H F M Prescott's 1941 lecture on the Pilgrimage of Grace predated by over ten years her best-selling novel on the same subject, The Man on a Donkey. Currently, the Journal is devoted to shorter articles on a wide range of topics connected with the University and by or about Edinburgh alumni.

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