Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Academic Patronage in the Scottish EnlightenmentGlasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 27 June 2022

Edinburgh Appointments in the Faculty of Divinity

Edinburgh Appointments in the Faculty of Divinity

(p.231) 9 Edinburgh Appointments in the Faculty of Divinity
Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment

Roger L. Emerson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses how the choices made at Edinburgh can be seen by looking at the men who filled the principality after the death of Principal Rule in 1701. It observes that the clearest illustrations of political interference in Scottish academic affairs were to be found in the appointments of the principals of the universities. It notes that the principals were important national figures who often sat in the General Assembly. It further notes that the Edinburgh principal ordinarily had a hand in the administration of Crown patronage in the Kirk, and might also be important in burgh politics. It reports that the first of these men was William Carstares (11 February 1649–28 December 1715). It further reports that William Carstares had been involved in high politics since the 1670s and had become a trusted political advisor to William of Orange in the 1680s, eventually becoming Royal Chaplain, a post he retained under Queen Anne.

Keywords:   Edinburgh, Principal Rule, academic affairs, General Assembly, Crown patronage, Kirk, William Carstares, William of Orange, Royal Chaplain, Queen Anne

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.