State, discipline, studies and revenues of the University of Dublin, and of Trinity College: report of Her Majesty's Commissioners

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Answeks of the Provost and Senior Fellows to the Questions iu Paper No. 2. Answers of the

Provost and

I. State of the University. Senior Kellows

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1. Is there any College in, or connected with, the University of Dublin besides Trinity
College ? sity.

There is not now any College in the University besides Trinity College.

In 1617 a Hall, called Trinity Hall, was established by the authority of the Provost and
Senior Fellows, which, in 1660, was converted into a Hall for Medical Students, and ulti¬
mately became the College of Physicians. But the present King and Queen's College of
Physicians has since obtained a distinct Charter; and although still " connected with" the
University by the School of Physic Act (40 Geo. III. cap. 84), can no longer be considered
a CoUege in the University.

2. Is there any provision for founding other Colleges to be so connected ?

There is no provision in the Charter or Statutes for founding other Colleges.

It docs not appear that the Charters of Elizabeth and Charles I. contemplated the foun¬
dation of other Colleges in the University ; although the clause which declares Trinity
CoUege to be Mater Universitatis has been supposed to imply this, and to be intended to
give to Trinity College a paramount authority over all Colleges or Halls hereafter founded.
Others, however, are of opinion that this phrase denotes only that Trinity College shall be
in itself an UniA'^ersity, with power to create all such Professorships or Lectureships, and
to make all such regulations as are necessary for an University. The Charters give to the
Heads of Trinity College the power of electing University Officers, of conferring Degrees,
and of enacting such regulations as maybe necessary for the taking of Degrees; but no j)ro-
vision is made for the possible existence of other Colleges, or for giving them, if hereafter
founded, any share or voice in the affairs of the Universit3^

The possibility of future Colleges and Halls being founded in the University is, how¬
ever, alluded to in the Charter of James I., and in certain Acts of Parliament, althougli no
provision is made for their foundation, or for regulating their relationship to Trinity Col¬
lege, if founded.

The Charter of James I., which enabled the University to send two Members to Parlia¬
ment, gives, as a reason for conferring that privilege, that Trinity College is an University
as well as a College, and that various measures affecting the interests of the Church or the
University were continually under deliberation in Parliament; that it was, therefore, expe¬
dient to have the University represented in Parliament, because bills were occasionally
brought before the House, which were intended " pro dispositione ac preservatione reddi-
tuum, revenditionum, et possessiouum dicti Collegii, ac aliorum Collegiorum sivo Aularum
in dicta Universitate in posterum erigendarum et stabiliendarum."

In the Act of Settlement (14, 15 Car. II., c. 2, sect, ccxix.) it is provided, "That the
Lord Lieutenant, or other Chief Governors of this Kingdom, for the time being, by and
with the consent of the Privy Council, shall have full power and authority to erect another
College, to be of the University of Dublin, to be called by the name of the King's College,
and out of all and every the lands, &c. vested by this Act in His Majesty, and wliich sliall
be settled and restored by virtue thereof, to raise a yearly allowance for ever, not exceed¬
ing £2,000 per annum, by an equal charge upon every one thousand acres, or lesser quan¬
tities proportionably, and therewith to endow the said College, which said College, so as
aforesaid to be erected, shall be settled, regulated, and governed by such laws, statutes,
ordinances, and institutions as His Majesty, his heirs or successors, shall, under his or their
Great Seal of England or Ireland, declare or appoint."

Another allusion to the possibility of a College being founded in the University occurs
in the Act 33 Geo. HI. c. 21. s. 7.—"That it shall and may be lawful for Papists, or per¬
sons professing the Popish or Roman Catholic Religion, to hold or take Degrees, or any
Professorship in, or be Masters, or Fellows of any College, to be hereafter founded in this
Kingdom (provided that such College shall be a member of the University of Dublin, and
shall not be founded exclusively for the education of Papists, or persons professing the
Popish or Roman Catholic Religion, &c.), or to hold any office or place of trust, or to be a
member of any lay body corporate, except the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity
of Queen Elizabeth, near Dublin," &c.

3. To what extent is the government of the University of Dublin vested in the Provost
and Senior Fellows of Trinity College ?

Trinity College is an University as well as a College, and the whole government both
of the College and of the LTniversity is vested in the Provost and Senior Fellows of Trinity

The Charter of James I. has these words : " Cumque dictum Collegium sit et habeatui:
Universitas, ac habeat, gaudeat, et utatur omnibus et singulis libertatibus, privilegiis, et
immunitatibus ad Universitatem sive Academiam pertinentibus sive spectantibus," &c.

4. To what extent is it vested in any other body ?

The government of the University is not vested in any other body.

The Visitors have an independent power and an appellate jurisdiction, superior to that

of the Provost and Senior Fellows, in cases of appeals made to them ; and in certain cases
not provided for in the (Statutes, the Decrees of the Provost and Senior Fellows require
the confirmation or sanction of the Visitors, in order to have the force and validity of

The Chancellor of the University has also jurisdiction in cases where the Vice-Chan-

to Paper No. 2.
State of tlio Uiiiver