‘Vivat Blackieas!!!’!!!

Wallace Stuart

in John Stuart Blackie

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780748611850
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653386 | DOI:
‘Vivat Blackieas!!!’!!!

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This chapter talks about John Stuart Blackie on winning the chair of Greek in Edinburgh. The process by which he won illustrates another side of nineteenth-century university patronage — not the party political jobbery of Crown appointments, but rather the bitter religious sectarianism of Edinburgh municipal politics, which affected the two-thirds of the university chairs where the town council was patron. True to form, Blackie had decided that the role of an Edinburgh professor was to stir things up, though there was no doubting his sense of good fortune in having landed the chair. As with the Marischal professorship, he held it ad vitam aut culpam, with a six-month session leaving ample time for research and writing, but there was no doubt that a chair at Edinburgh carried more prestige.

Keywords: John Stuart Blackie; Greek; Edinburgh; Crown appointments; Marischal professorship

Chapter.  9682 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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