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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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Glasgow University to 1701

Glasgow University to 1701

(p.21) 2 Glasgow University to 1701
Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment

Roger L. Emerson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter studies patronage in an eighteenth-century university by exploring the legal structures that defined the corporations in which patronage was awarded. It reports that, at Glasgow, there were two chartered corporations: the College and the University of Glasgow. It further reports that the university had as its chief officers the chancellor, rector, and dean. It notes that the first to use patronage in Episcopal times was usually the Archbishop of Glasgow, whose powers were those assigned to the chancellor at Bologna. It further notes that under the Presbyterians, in 1692, a chancellor was elected by the rector and the masters who lacked a clear warrant for this election. It notes that it would later be claimed by the Argathelians that the right to appoint a chancellor was vested in the Crown but this argument was not pushed and did not prevail in 1692.

Keywords:   patronage, chartered corporations, University of Glasgow, chancellor, Archbishop of Glasgow, Bologna, Presbyterians, Argathelians, Crown

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