William Turnbull – 1451
Of the two circular reliefs on the South Front of the Main Building, the one on the left features the bust of a bull and the year 1451. The year refers to the founding of the University and the bull to the person described as ‘a patron and virtual founder of the University’.
William Turnbull (c. 1400-1454) was the bishop of Glasgow from 1448 to his death, and prompted King James II to write to Pope Nicholas V to request the establishment of a university in Glasgow. Turnbull also became the first Chancellor of the University.
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