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A Window at the Glasgow University Union

A Window at the Glasgow University Union

If you look closely, you’ll notice three names on the window above: Bishop Turnbull, James II, and Lord Hamilton, along with a year that joins these three individuals, 1451.

The year 1451 was the year the University of Glasgow was founded, in large by these three individuals. King James II suggested the founding of a second University in Scotland some 40 years after the founding of St Andrews. William Turnbull, the Bishop of Glasgow from 1448 to 1454, worked with King James II to found the University in the Glasgow Cathedral buildings, becoming the University’s first Chancellor between 1451 and his death in 1454. Sir James Hamilton, the 1st Baron Hamilton, was instrumental in the early survival and expansion of the University by gifting a tenement of buildings and some ground to the University in an area that remained the site of the main campus until its move to the West End in 1870.

[Poll #2: What is your connection to Glasgow University?]
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