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Books of subscriptions for degrees, 1613 - 1984

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/Subscriptiones

Scope and Contents

Holders of superior degrees were required from 1613 to subscribe to the Three Articles of Religion; a stipulation which was extended to all holders of inferior degrees from 1616. The practice was suppressed during the Civil War but reinstituted in 1660. In 1856, following increasing opposition to the test, the declaration was changed to one of being a bona fide member of the Church of England. The practice was abolished in both Oxford and Cambridge by the Universities Test Act, 1871. Until 1934 the volumes in this series continued to be used for the signatures of all recipients of degrees. Thereafter the signatures of those receiving honorary degrees only are recorded.


  • Creation: 1613 - 1984


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From the Management Group:

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23 volume(s) : paper

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Other Finding Aids

The online catalogue for Janus was completed in August 2004.



Finding aid date

1998-05-06 13:47:52+00:00

Repository Details

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