By James Hogg
This booklet considers the ways that 388 males secured posts within the Scottish universities 1690-1806, from the purge following the Revolution of 1688 to the tip of Henry Dundas's political profession. such a lot professors have been political appointees vetted and supported via political factions and their leaders. This examine considers the politics of patronage appointments on the universities in Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews. The enhancing schedule of political buyers and of these they served is taken into account and its relation to the Scottish Enlightenment is explored.Emerson argues that what was once taking place in Scotland used to be additionally taking place in different components of Europe the place, in quite self reliant localities, elite consumers additionally formed issues as they needed them to be. In contemplating the origins and aid for the Enlightenment, the jobs of consumers could be thought of. This paintings relies on a lot archival learn and provides considerably to what's identified in regards to the Scottish professoriat in the course of the interval. For a few its arguments could be of value; for others it's going to function an invaluable reference paintings at the universities, one that provides a lot to what's recognized approximately them.
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Tran was selected to write the Ethics for the projected new printed university course which the Visitors wished to see adopted. He did but it was then found wanting, as was the Physicks text which had been produced by William Black of King’s College. That remains in manuscript at AUL and is discussed by Christine Shepherd in ‘Newtonianism in Scottish Universities’, The Origins and Nature of the Scottish Enlightenment, ed. Campbell and Skinner, 1982, pp. 3 29/2/08 08:25 Glasgow University to 1701 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Page 39 39 other texts were published, see below, pp.
Both groups were criticised – or joined – by a considerable opposition formed of Jacobites on the right and others excluded from power but generally willing to be bought.
Both had suffered before 1688. Maxwell had been imprisoned, fined, forfeited and then made a Privy Councillor by William III. From 1696 until 1702 he would serve as one of the Lords of Treasury and a judge of the Court of Session (1699–d). 40 Maxwell and Steuart defended the College’s interests for a generation. Other ties ran to friends who were not relatives. 41 Simson was minister of the town and a man well connected to the Presbyterian nobility of the West of Scotland. He remained dean until 1695.
Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment by James Hogg