Quad is known best for two items
... the posting of exam results in the cloisters along the
chapel wall and Raisin Monday celebrations.
The Quadrangle from St. Salvator's Tower.
In days gone by, senior students would
take incoming students under their wing and help them adjust
to university life. After several weeks the new students were
expected to show their gratitude to the senior student with the
gift of a nutritious bag (at least a pound in weight) of raisins.
Allegedly some students neglected to say thank you in this way
and so a system of "raisin receipts" was established,
whereby the senior student would acknowledge in writing and in
Latin, receipt of the raisins. A student failing to produce such
a receipt could be asked to sing the university song (Gaudeamus
Igitur) or face being deposited in the Market
Students outside Quad transporting their "Raisin
Receipts" which in this case are written on an old car and
Well as time has gone on the pound of raisins
has been replaced by a bottle of wine, and the receipt tends
to be written (still in Latin) on anything ... and I do mean
anything. The more outrageous the receipt the better.
On Raisin Monday students gather in the
quadrangle area to show off the receipt they have been given.
It is a time of revelry and high spirits which has all too often
degraded into a virtual mob scene, and prompted the university
authorities to restrict access to Quad on occassions.
The quadrangle is bounded by St. Salvator's
chapel and tower to the north, Lower College Hall ...