Bishop’s College holds its first Convocation.


The Hon. Edward Bowen is appointed 2nd Chancellor.


Completion and consecration of St. Mark’s Chapel.

St. Mark's Chapel


The Hon. J.S. McCord is appointed 3rd Chancellor.


A separate building is constructed to accommodate the grammar school, which was then associated with the College, later known as Bishop’s College School.


Wooden steps of College entrance are replaced with stone.


The Hon. Edward Hale is appointed 4th Chancellor. The original portrait of Edward Hale hangs in the Old Library, McGreer Hall.

Edward Hale


The first meeting of the Alumni Association is held in June.

The first marriage ceremony is held in St. Mark’s Chapel.


Bishop’s Medical Faculty is founded in Montreal.

Bishop's Medical Faculty


Fire destroys the chapel and school building.

The Montreal Gazette reported on January 8:
“The Bishop’s College was burned last night. The grammar school, dining hall, chapel and Principal’s house were saved. The college library is about one-half destroyed.”

Bishop's College 1874


The Hon. George Irvine is appointed 5th Chancellor.

Fire destroys the interior of the College building.


Richard W. Heneker

Richard W. Heneker is appointed 6th Chancellor.

Rev. J.A. Lobley is appointed 2nd Principal.

Reconstruction completed of buildings destroyed and damaged by fires of 1874 and 1876.


Short-lived Faculty of Law is established in Sherbrooke to close in 1888. Only fifteen degrees in course were granted.


Rev. Thomas Adams is appointed 3rd Principal.


Faculty of Music established.


Stigma Group

A group of 29 students protest the poor quality of the food and housekeeping in the college, signing a petition and presenting it to governing body, the College Council, an episode with serious repercussions which became known as the “Stigma Affair” and the students involved became known as the “Stigma Group”.

Addition of Bishop Williams Hall to the school building (Bishop’s College School, later known as New Arts, or Old Johnson).

Bishop James William Williams
Bishop James William Williams


Fire destroys chapel and school a second time.

Construction of Divinity House completed.

Construction of Morris house completed.

Bishop’s suffered several disastrous fires over the years. Shown below is the extensive damage caused by the great fire of 1891. Historic Fires at Bishop’s University 1874-1962 (PDF).

Great fire of 1891

With the graduation of Octavia Grace Ritchie from its Medical Faculty, Bishop’s became the first university to grant a woman a medical degree in the province of Quebec.

Octavia Grace Ritchie
Octavia Grace Ritchie, Bishop’s Medical Faculty 1891.
Photograph: Notman Photographic Archives, McCord Museum.


Reconstruction of new school building completed, including installation of cloisters (arches), connecting the College and School buildings.

The first issue of the student journal The Mitre is published, initially serving as an alumni newsletter, campus newspaper, and literary journal in one.


Bishop’s Medical Faculty’s most widely acclaimed graduate, Maude Abbott, receives her degree and goes on to become nationally and internationally renowned for her medical histories and her work in the area of congenital heart disease.

Maude Abbott
Maude Abbott, Bishop’s Medical Faculty, 1894.
Photograph: Notman Photographic Archives, McCord Museum.

University procures its first piano.


Bishop’s Medical Faculty graduated the first Jewish woman as a medical doctor in Canada, Regina Lewis-Landau.

Chapel reopened after extensive reconstruction.


Corporation approves establishment of a chair in music.


First Mock Parliament held.


Completion of building now known as Bandeen Hall, which in subsequent years would serve as gymnasium, dining hall, theatre, pub, and Fine Arts studio.

Norton Hall
Norton Hall, known today as Bandeen Hall, which served many functions over the years, was completed in 1898.

The Robert Hamilton Memorial Endowment enables major renovations to the Principal’s residence, main entrance and exterior of College building.


John Hamilton is appointed 7th Chancellor.

Completion of central tower for the College building as a final legacy of the Hamilton Memorial.

The first woman is admitted to lectures.


Rev. J. P. Whitney
Rev. James Pounder Whitney is appointed 4th Principal.


Rev. T.B. Waitt is appointed 5th Principal.

Bishop’s Medical Faculty closes following amalgamation with McGill University.
Class of 1905

The first woman graduates from Bishop’s, Anna F. Bryant, a teacher at the Lennoxville Academy.

Anna F. Bryant
Anna F. Bryant, B.A. 1905


Rev. H. de B. Gibbins is appointed 6th Principal.


Rev. R.A. Parrock is appointed 7th Principal.