The Dundas Era at St Andrews, 1780–1806

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 Dundas Era at St Andrews, 1780–1806

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This chapter discusses the appointments during the Dundas era at St Andrews. It reports that Henry Dundas succeeded Kinnoull as chancellor in 1788 and claimed to have appointed or approved every professor placed there from 1781 to 1801. It describes how the first appointment of the 1780s went to Charles Wilson (1736–5 September 1801), who was given the chair of Hebrew. The first thing the new chancellor did was to strengthen his own party in the University to ensure that it had an absolute majority. This could be done by filling the Greek chair with Henry David Hill (21 April 1762–14 February 1820), who was then in Europe. The chapter then describes how the next appointments consolidated family interests at the University, ensuring their persistence into the nineteenth century.

Keywords: Henry Dundas; Kinnoul; chancellor; Charles Wilson; Henry David Hill

Chapter.  13195 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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