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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Magistrand, n. Also: magestrand, magistrant. [Med. L. magist andus, gerundive of magistrari to become a Master (of Arts).]

A student about to graduate Master; an undergraduate of the highest or graduating class (viz. of the fourth year) at a Scottish university. Also attrib.For some further examples see Laureat v. 2 and 2 b. 1628 Edinb. Univ. Chart. 117.
The week before they begin the examinatiounes of the magistrands before the laureatioun
1633 Edinb. B. Rec. VII. 118.
Forasmikle as the counsall being certanlie informed of the magistrands which is the heichest clas in the colledge [that] so soone as the regent [etc.]
1642 Statutes Visitation 8 Aug. (St. Andrews) (OED.).
The whole magistrandes and doctaloures in the two colledges of philosophy … sall only haue voice in choyseing the Rector of the University
c1646 Craufurd Edinb. Univ. fol. 23.
The magistrands are examined be the other 3 philosophy regentis
attrib. 1642 Glasg. Univ. Mun. II. 467.
That Mr David Monro having the magistrand classe now, he take up the bajune classe the next yeir
c1646 Craufurd Edinb. Univ. fol. 9.
Mr Henry Charteris was put in the charge of the magistrand classe bred up for the first 3 yeers be Mr Alexander Scrimger
1691 Glasg. Univ. Mun. II. 360. c1646 Craufurd Edinb. Univ. fol. 19.
These for the most part he taught in the magistrand hall upon the sundays after the last sermon
1691 Presbyterian Inquisition 72.
What I wrote in the magistrand book was by order of the primar

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