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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).

CURATOR, n. [′kjurətər]

1. Sc. law: “an administrator of another person's affairs either nominated in a will or otherwise, or appointed by court. A curator to a minor, or to an idiot, is the equivalent of an English guardian or committee. The Curator Bonis is an administrator appointed by court” (Abd.16).Sc. 1700 Acts Parl. Scot. XII. 218:
None such [Roman Catholics] shall be capable to be Governours Chaplains Pedagogues or Schoolmasters Tutors or Curators.
Sc. 1948 Sc. Daily Mail (22 Jan.):
The matter arose on a report by Lord Mackintosh with reference to repeated failures on the part of . . . [the] solicitor . . . in relation to his duties as curator bonis to a retired teacher who is now a patient in the Roxburgh Mental Hospital.
Abd. 1795 in Process Powis v. Fraserfield (1805) 66:
About 1737, and when Fraserfield's father was under age, the Earl of Buchan and his other curators let the farm of Kettock's Mill, comprehending the said island . . . for three nineteen years.

2. In Edinburgh University: one of a body of men having the power to elect certain of the Professors.Sc. 1858 Universities of Scot. Act (21–2 Vict. c.83 § 13) 412:
The Right of Nomination or Presentation to the Office of Principal and to all the Professorships in the University of Edinburgh, in Times past, and presently exercised by the Town Council of Edinburgh . . . shall be transferred . . . to and in all Time coming be exercised by, Seven Curators to be nominated as follows.

[O.Sc. has curatour, etc., in sense 1. from c.1420 (D.O.S.T.). The term curator in Roman Law signified a guardian or trustee.]

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"Curator n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 1 Oct 2022 <>



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