Since we arrived in Aberdeen, Trey has become increasingly interested in the local history, particularly in the medieval city of Old Aberdeen. He recently acquired a two volume set for his birthday entitled The Annals of Aberdeen. It was published in 1818 by William Kennedy and relates the history of this city from the time of King William the Lion up until 1818, paying special attention to the cathedral and university. I have included an engraving from the book of King's College Chapel, which was published on April 1, 1792 by Peter Maxell. Note that the engraving does not include many of the later structures that were added onto the chapel, which you have seen in our photographs. The other picture shows the royal mark of distinction bestowed on Aberdeen by William the Lion. According to Kennedy, Aberdeen was probably one of the earliest boroughs entitled to such a royal mark, receiving it around the year 1179. The charter granted and confirmed to the burgesses (a representative of a borough, corporate town, or university in the British Parliament) of Aberdeen certain rights to freely conduct trade and business. The medallions are two seals of Scotland that were affixed to the charter in green wax. You can see on both of these medallions the Latinized form of the name William, which is Willelmus.