King's College

King's College, University of Aberdeen
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King's College, University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone (1431 - 1514) in 1495 during the reign of King James IV (1473 - 1513) as King's College, an institution that was eventually to be united with the rival Protestant university of Marischal College in 1860. The King's College campus of Aberdeen University straddles the High Street of Old Aberdeen and is dominated by the distinctive crown tower of King's College Chapel which was founded in 1500. On the site of the Great Hall is the King's College Visitor and Conference Centre and nearby in Elphinstone Hall can be found the so-called 'Black Paintings' which date from the 17th Century.

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