McGill University on Canada Day
As it is Canada Day on the other side of the pond today, I figured something Canada-related would be appropriate (and it’s a good excuse to post the above photo). One of the top Universities in Canada, McGill University in Montreal, was founded by an alumnus of Glasgow University, James McGill (1744-1813)
James McGill emigrated to Canada at the age of 22 and became a wealthy man there. His final will set aside funds for the establishment of a “University or College, for the purposes of Education and the Advancement of Learning in the said Province”, to be established within ten years of his death. In 1821, eight years after McGill had passed away, the university bearing his name was founded.
The above tablet, which sits on the north wall of the Cloisters, was unveiled on July 27th, 1948. Happy Canada Day!
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