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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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St Mary's College and Other Appointments, 1713–1747

St Mary's College and Other Appointments, 1713–1747

(p.406) 14 St Mary's College and Other Appointments, 1713–1747
Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment

Roger L. Emerson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter observes that positions at St Mary's College were filled by politicians with one eye fixed on the religious views of the men appointed and the other on political advantage. It further observes that it is not surprising that the initial appointment of 1690 should have been of a man who had suffered, and who had been chaplain to the Earl of Cassilis who himself had suffered even more. It notes that there were no other appointments to fill other chairs in the College until 1695 and 1699. It observes that the divinity school must have been nearly non-functional for much of the 1690s because William Vilant, its first principal and primarius professor of divinity, was a relatively old man when he was appointed, and his replacement in 1693, Alexander Pitcairne, was about seventy one.

Keywords:   St Mary's College, Earl of Cassilis, divinity school, William Vilant, Alexander Pitcairne

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