Duke of Montrose – 1870
Just to the right of the plaque featured yesterday, on the South Front of the Main Building, is another circular relief, this one featuring three clamshells and the date 1870. Like yesterday’s plaque, this too refers to an important year and person in the history of the University of Glasgow.
1870 is the year the University of Glasgow moved to its new campus on Gilmorehill. The coat of arms refers to the Chancellor at the time, James Graham 4th Duke of Montrose (1799-1874). He was the last Duke of Montrose to hold position of Chancellor, which is held for life, ending the lineage of four Dukes of Montrose holding the office between 1714 and 1874.
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