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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 Age of Bute and the Moderates

The Age of Bute and the Moderates

(p.150) 6 The Age of Bute and the Moderates
Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment

Roger L. Emerson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the changes in the University of Glasgow under the guidance of a new set of outsiders, initially men associated with John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (1713–10 March 1792). It reports that Bute was Argyll's nephew and was a more notable amateur scientist whose specialties were botany, astronomy, mineralogy, and chemistry, fields which his uncles had also pursued. It further reports that the Earl helped the Moderates in the Kirk not because it was expedient to do so but because he agreed with them. It notes that Bute followed his uncle's system in the management of Scotland and wanted an Edinburgh manager to whom supplicants would write and one in London who could do what the Duke had done himself or delegated to his secretaries.

Keywords:   University of Glasgow, John Stuart, Earl of Bute, Argyll, Moderates, Kirk, Scotland, Edinburgh, Duke

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