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Provosts, a title derived from the Latin prcepositus, "placed at the head." Three main uses may be distinguished: - (1) In Austria, Bavaria, Prussia, and England it denotes the head of a cathedral chapter of the Roman Catholic Church, and the term is applied in the same way in the Episcopal Church of Scotland. In the Protestant Church of Germauy it is used of the minister of a church to which other churches are subordinate. (2) The heads of three colleges in Oxford, one in Cambridge, and Eton College bear the title. (3) The provost of a Scotch burgh corresponds to the English mayor, the full title being Lord Provost in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, and Aberdeen.