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Enlightenment, Legal Education, and CritiqueSelected Essays on the History of Scots Law, Volume 2$
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John W. Cairns

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748682133

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682133.001.0001

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The Origins of the Glasgow Law School: The Professors of Civil Law, 1714–1761

The Origins of the Glasgow Law School: The Professors of Civil Law, 1714–1761

(p.113) 5 The Origins of the Glasgow Law School: The Professors of Civil Law, 1714–1761*
Enlightenment, Legal Education, and Critique

John W Cairns

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the establishment of legal education in the University of Glasgow in 1714 and its development over the next five decades. The University of Glasgow established a chair in Civil Law in 1713, gaining funding through an allocation by the Crown from ‘King William's Gift’. Although the University was allowed to appoint the first professor, the chair was thus a Regius Chair, with appointments thereafter made by the Crown. This was to cause problems for the law professors when they tried to ensure the appointment of candidates whom they favoured. The chapter considers why the University of Glasgow founded a chair in Law; how the first professor, William Forbes, came to be appointed and why he desired the position; his tenure of the chair; and the appointment and tenure of his two immediate successors, William Crosse and Hercules Lindesay.

Keywords:   legal education, University of Glasgow, Civil Law, Regius Chair, law professors, William Forbes, William Crosse, Hercules Lindesay

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