Glasgow University to 1701

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:
Glasgow University to 1701

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This chapter studies patronage in an eighteenth-century university by exploring the legal structures that defined the corporations in which patronage was awarded. It reports that, at Glasgow, there were two chartered corporations: the College and the University of Glasgow. It further reports that the university had as its chief officers the chancellor, rector, and dean. It notes that the first to use patronage in Episcopal times was usually the Archbishop of Glasgow, whose powers were those assigned to the chancellor at Bologna. It further notes that under the Presbyterians, in 1692, a chancellor was elected by the rector and the masters who lacked a clear warrant for this election. It notes that it would later be claimed by the Argathelians that the right to appoint a chancellor was vested in the Crown but this argument was not pushed and did not prevail in 1692.

Keywords: patronage; chartered corporations; University of Glasgow; chancellor; Archbishop of Glasgow; Bologna; Presbyterians; Argathelians; Crown

Chapter.  9441 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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