The Age of Bute and the Moderates

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:
The Age of Bute and the Moderates

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This chapter discusses the changes in the University of Glasgow under the guidance of a new set of outsiders, initially men associated with John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (1713–10 March 1792). It reports that Bute was Argyll's nephew and was a more notable amateur scientist whose specialties were botany, astronomy, mineralogy, and chemistry, fields which his uncles had also pursued. It further reports that the Earl helped the Moderates in the Kirk not because it was expedient to do so but because he agreed with them. It notes that Bute followed his uncle's system in the management of Scotland and wanted an Edinburgh manager to whom supplicants would write and one in London who could do what the Duke had done himself or delegated to his secretaries.

Keywords: University of Glasgow; John Stuart; Earl of Bute; Argyll; Moderates; Kirk; Scotland; Edinburgh; Duke

Chapter.  12786 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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