Squadrone Glasgow and the Return of the Duke of Argyll, 1742–1761

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:
Squadrone Glasgow and the Return of the Duke of Argyll, 1742–1761

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This chapter discusses the return of Argyll to power as the manager of most civil patronage. It notes that he had five years to settle his personal affairs as the new Duke of Argyll and his building schemes at Inveraray had increased his hold over Glasgow and the West of Scotland because of the size of his annual expenditures. It further notes that letters concerning patronage in the universities again appear regularly in the papers of Lord Milton. It observes that the effects of those changes began to be increasingly felt in Glasgow with Cullen's appointment to the regius chair of medicine signifying the Duke's growing strength. It reports that the Duke and several of his friends through the 1740s had been much involved with chemical experiments related to farming, the making of pottery, and to finding alkalis for Scottish industries.

Keywords: civil patronage; Duke of Argyll; Inveraray; Glasgow; West of Scotland; Lord Milton; Cullen; chair of medicine; chemical experiments

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