Roger L. Emerson

in Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780748625963
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653652 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the coverage of this study which focuses on patronage in one set of institutions essential to the articulation of the Scottish Enlightenment — the universities. It considers 280 men who held university teaching positions in the three southern Scottish universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, and St Andrews after the purge of 1690. This study seeks to show how politics worked to shape the universities during this period by looking in detail at placements and patrons. It asks who put in their places the men and women who had expressed and institutionalized novel ideas in that society; why were they patronized and who made it possible for their ideas to be acted upon. These questions are asked with respect to Scotland during the period 1690 to 1806, from the settlement of the country in the aftermath of the 1688 revolution to the end of the reign of ‘Harry IX’ — Henry Dundas (1742–1811).

Keywords: patronage; Scottish Enlightenment; universities; Glasgow; Edinburgh; St Andrews; Harry IX; Henry Dundas

Chapter.  6730 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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