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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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The Arts Chairs, 1690–c. 1715

The Arts Chairs, 1690–c. 1715

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Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment

Roger L. Emerson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the appointments at St Andrews, St Mary's, St Salvator's, and St Leonard's Colleges. It reports that St Andrews and its University was unlike the other Scottish university towns and their universities in that its history was poorly preserved and is not well known. It further reports that there are not great printed collections of documents comparable to the Munimenta Universitatis Glasguensis (1854) or the similar volumes for the Aberdeen universities published by the Spalding Club (1854–98). It observes that St Andrews was almost insignificant politically and lacked the dominant position among its set of parliamentary elective burghs (the Perth Burghs) which Aberdeen and Glasgow enjoyed in theirs. It further observes that the college's ability to attract first-rate men was further undermined by the fact that they had two chairs filled by private patrons. It notes that the Kennedys of Cassilis and the Scots of Scotstarvit usually appointed protégés as humanists.

Keywords:   St Andrews, St Mary's, St Salvator's, St Leonard's, Aberdeen universities, Spalding Club, Glasgow, Cassilis, Scotstarvit, humanists

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