Colours of Bute Hall
The interior of Bute Hall is decorated primarily in four colours – red, blue, silver and gold. With a University steeped in tradition (over 550 years worth of it), there is a story and an explanation behind everything. That’s the case here too. Bute Hall was named after a benefactor to the University in the 1870s. The grand hall of the University of Glasgow is decorated based on the heraldic colours of the Marquess of Bute. The cross, thistle and fleur de lys motifs are also related to the Marquess.
Who was this figure who had the grand hall of the University of Glasgow named after him, as well has having it decorated in his heraldic colours? Bute Hall was named for John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute. He, along with Charles Randolph, had gifted the funds to finish the delayed construction of the University Buildings. Hence, Bute Hall and Randolph Hall (the south end of the grand hall) were named after the benefactors responsible for the completion of the Main Building.
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