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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 Dundas Era at St Andrews, 1780–1806

The Dundas Era at St Andrews, 1780–1806

(p.491) 17 The Dundas Era at St Andrews, 1780–1806
Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment

Roger L. Emerson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the appointments during the Dundas era at St Andrews. It reports that Henry Dundas succeeded Kinnoull as chancellor in 1788 and claimed to have appointed or approved every professor placed there from 1781 to 1801. It describes how the first appointment of the 1780s went to Charles Wilson (1736–5 September 1801), who was given the chair of Hebrew. The first thing the new chancellor did was to strengthen his own party in the University to ensure that it had an absolute majority. This could be done by filling the Greek chair with Henry David Hill (21 April 1762–14 February 1820), who was then in Europe. The chapter then describes how the next appointments consolidated family interests at the University, ensuring their persistence into the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   Henry Dundas, Kinnoul, chancellor, Charles Wilson, Henry David Hill

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