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Records of and relating to the Commissary, 1638 - 2002

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Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/O.XI

Scope and Contents

First recorded in 1293, the Commissary was a judicial officer appointed by the Chancellor to act as his deputy. In the early modern period he presided over a court, sitting at least weekly, with jurisdiction over members of the University below the degree of M.A. and also conducting much of the business which might otherwise have swamped the Vice-Chancellor's court. By Statute B.VI as amended by Grace 6 of 20 June 1936 the Commissary was required to certify that charges laid before the Septemviri were fit or not fit to be entertained. Appointment is by the Chancellor, by Letters Patent.


  • Creation: 1638 - 2002


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7 item(s)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

O.XI 4 was transferred to the University Archives by the Registry on 28 Nov. 1979; 5 by the Vice-Chancellor's Office on17 Oct. 1989.

Finding aid date

1998-05-05 16:21:51+00:00

Repository Details

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