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Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment: Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities

Roger L. Emerson


This book considers the politics of patronage appointments at the universities in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and St Andrews. The book explores the ways in which 388 men secured posts in three Scottish universities between 1690 and 1806; from the purge following the Revolution of 1688 to the end of Henry Dundas's political career. Most professors were political appointees vetted and supported by political factions and their leaders. This study explores the improving agenda of political patrons and of those they served and relates this to the Scottish Enlightenment. The book argues that what was happen ... More

Keywords: patronage, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, professors, political patrons, Scottish Enlightenment, Scottish professorial, universities, Scotland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748625963
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625963.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger L. Emerson, author