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Glasgow under the Campbells, 1725–1742

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625963.003.0004
Glasgow under the Campbells, 1725–1742

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This chapter discusses the selection from among the list of clerics contending for the principality of Glasgow. It notes that these men were Neil Campbell, William Hamilton, James Hart, James Alston, William Gusthart (or Gusthard), William Wishart II, and James Smith. It reports that Neil Campbell, who had the endorsement of a Colonel Campbell, was almost certainly Ilay's cousin and eventual heir of line, the father of the boy whom Principal Stirling had fined, and was installed in January 1728, where for some years he buttressed Ilay's power in the University, the town, and in the local courts of the Kirk. It further reports that Principal Campbell's tenure was slightly longer than that of his kinsman the Earl. It observes that his long regime was marked by his lordly cousin's interference in the affairs of the University and College, which flourished partly as a consequence of their attentions.

Keywords: clerics; principality of Glasgow; Neil Campbell; William Hamilton; James Hart; James Alston; William Gusthart; William Wishart II; James Smith; Ilay

Chapter.  10293 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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