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Academic Patronage in the Scottish EnlightenmentGlasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities$
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Roger L. Emerson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625963

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625963.001.0001

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Squadrone Glasgow and the Return of the Duke of Argyll, 1742–1761

Squadrone Glasgow and the Return of the Duke of Argyll, 1742–1761

(p.107) 5 Squadrone Glasgow and the Return of the Duke of Argyll, 1742–1761
Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment

Roger L. Emerson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the return of Argyll to power as the manager of most civil patronage. It notes that he had five years to settle his personal affairs as the new Duke of Argyll and his building schemes at Inveraray had increased his hold over Glasgow and the West of Scotland because of the size of his annual expenditures. It further notes that letters concerning patronage in the universities again appear regularly in the papers of Lord Milton. It observes that the effects of those changes began to be increasingly felt in Glasgow with Cullen's appointment to the regius chair of medicine signifying the Duke's growing strength. It reports that the Duke and several of his friends through the 1740s had been much involved with chemical experiments related to farming, the making of pottery, and to finding alkalis for Scottish industries.

Keywords:   civil patronage, Duke of Argyll, Inveraray, Glasgow, West of Scotland, Lord Milton, Cullen, chair of medicine, chemical experiments

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