Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment: Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities

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Edinburgh University Press, 2008 - History - 638 pages
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This book considers the politics of patronage appointments at the universities in Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews. Emerson explores the ways in which 388 men secured posts in three Scottish universities between 1690 and 1806; from the purge following the Revolution of 1688 to the end of Henry Dundas's political career. Most professors were political appointees vetted and supported by political factions and their leaders. This comprehensive study explores the improving agenda of political patrons and of those they served and relates this to the Scottish Enlightenment. Emerson argues that what was happening in Scotland was also occurring in other parts of Europe where, in relatively autonomous localities, elite patrons also shaped things as they wished them to be. The role of patronage in the Enlightenment is essential to any understanding of its origins and course.This book is based on much archival study and adds substantially to what is known about the Scottish professoriat during the period. For some its arguments will be of importance; for others it will serve as a useful reference work on the universities, enriching our knowledge of them.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
3
Glasgow University
19
2 Glasgow University to 1701
21
Family and Politics 17011725
43
4 Glasgow under the Campbells 17251742
84
5 Squadrone Glasgow and the Return of the Duke of Argyll 17421761
107
6 The Age of Bute and the Moderates
150
7 Glasgow University in the Age of Dundas
178
St Andrews University
365
13 The Arts Chairs 1690c 1715
367
14 St Marys College and Other Appointments 17131747
406
15 The Untold Story
441
16 Thomas Tullidephs St Andrews 17471777
459
17 The Dundas Era at St Andrews 17801806
491
Conclusions
521
18 Summaries and Results
523

Edinburgh University
209
8 Edinburgh University to 1704
211
9 Edinburgh Appointments in the Faculty of Divinity
231
10 Chairs of Interest to Lawyers
252
11 Surgical and Medical Chairs
273
12 The Arts Chairs
325
Bibliography
555
Appendix 1
591
Appendix 2
615
Index of Names
619
Index of Subjects
633
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About the author (2008)

Roger L. Emerson is Emeritus Professor at Brandeis University and Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Western Ontario.

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