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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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PROMOTE, v. Sc. usages:

1. As in Eng. Hence promotor, †-er, n., in the Scottish Universities: the official who presents students for their degrees at graduation ceremonies, the presenter, now gen. the Dean of the appropriate Faculty. In official use now only in Lat. form -or.Edb. 1699 Edb. Gazette (June 26–29):
Munday last being the Day appointed for the publick Graduation . . . Mr. William Scot Professor of Philosophy, and Promoter for this year declam'd an Elegant Harangue.
Sc. c.1715 W. C. Dickinson Two Students (1952) App. III. lxxii.:
In the incapacity of the Vice-Chancellor degrees were conferred by the Rector or some other member of the Senatus under the title of Promotor.
Sc. 1858 Min. Univ. St. Andrews MS. XVII. 415:
The Senatus appoint the ex-Rector to act in the meantime as pro-Rector and Promotor.
Sc. 1898 A. C. Fraser T. Reid 46:
In the last year of each course, as “promoter”, he presented his undergraduates to receive the Master's degree [at King's College, Aberdeen].
Sc. 1962 Abd. Univ. Review (Autumn) 313:
The other graduands who have obtained First Class Honours are called up, one by one, by the Promotor.

2. In Curling: to cause a stone to move forward by striking it with another stone (Abd., em.Sc.(a), Kcb. 1966). Hence promotion, n., the act of doing this, the movement made by a curling stone when struck by another. Phr. to be in the way of promotion, to be in the path of another stone, to lie in the direct path to the tee.Dmf. 1937 T. Henderson Lockerbie 57, 58:
His stone gradually died down and came to a standstill some little distance from the tee. “Graun' man, graun',” exclaimed Mr David, “ye're a graun' curler. That yin's in the wey o' promotion.” . . . He left the stone alone, however, deeming it safer play to promote the Minister's stone.

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