By James Hogg
This publication considers the ways that 388 males secured posts within the Scottish universities 1690-1806, from the purge following the Revolution of 1688 to the top of Henry Dundas's political profession. so much professors have been political appointees vetted and supported by way of political factions and their leaders. This learn considers the politics of patronage appointments on the universities in Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews. The enhancing schedule of political buyers and of these they served is taken into account and its relation to the Scottish Enlightenment is explored.Emerson argues that what used to be taking place in Scotland was once additionally taking place in different components of Europe the place, in rather independent localities, elite consumers additionally formed issues as they wanted them to be. In contemplating the origins and help for the Enlightenment, the jobs of buyers could be thought of. This paintings is predicated on a lot archival examine and provides considerably to what's recognized in regards to the Scottish professoriat in the course of the interval. For a few its arguments may be of significance; for others it's going to function an invaluable reference paintings at the universities, one that provides a lot to what's recognized approximately them.
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482. ] to John Stirling, 11 March 1701, and James Wodrow to Stirling, 3 June 1701, GUL Murray 650/1. Others seeking the post included N. Gillis, Patrick Cuming, Mr Robert Trail (then a minister in London), David Blair, David Williamson, J. Bannatyne, John Tran and Robert Wylie. Carstares sometimes referred to Stirling’s wife as ‘my Cousin his spouse’, Carstares to Stirling, 9 March 1710, Stirling Letters, GUL, Gen 204/2/105. Stirling to Sir John Maxwell, Lord Pollock, SCJ, 30 May 1701, GUL, Murray 650/1; Stirling asked that his patent not be released.
It was a common retirement arrangement. ‘Minute Book of the Facultie of the University of Glasgow from Decr 18 1702’, GUA, 26631/61. The purchase price of the regency was only one year’s purchase – 500 marks Scots, about £25 sterling. Over the course of the period here surveyed at least sixty-three of 470 placements (13 per cent) seem to have involved payments that amounted to a sale. GUA, 26631/75. GUA, 1915. Blaikie and Lloyd, ‘William Dunlop’ in ODNB, 17:317f; E. Mijers, ‘Scotland and the United Provinces’, unpublished PhD dissertation, Chapter IV.
They were not averse to having the university men help in the management of local politics. The consequence was that local managers and noblemen were as active in the university politics of Glasgow as they were in the capital or elsewhere. The University also had places for influential outsiders. The greater gentry could be chancellors and rectors. Local ministers often served as deans of faculty and one was always a visitor. Those offices institutionalised outside influence, which it was often impossible to do in the St Andrews colleges or at King’s College.