St Andreans heard this week, at the annual St Andrews Preservation Trust lecture, how the town’s university was saved by the Third Marquess of Bute.
Dr Rosemary Hannah, the author of the biography of Lord Bute ‘The Grand Designer – Third Marquess of Bute’, presented the trust’s third annual lecture at the Town Hall to an enthusiastic audience on Monday evening.
Lord Bute was rector of St Andrews University between 1892 and 1898, during which time he provided the university with a new home for its medical school and endowed the Bute Chair of Medicine.
A supporter of education for women, he also paid for St Andrews University’s first female lecturer, who taught anatomy to women medical students, when Professor James Bell Pettigrew refused to do so.
Dr Hannah became interested in Lord Bute when she lived on the island of Bute and worked as a guide at Lord bute’s family home, Mount Stuart.
In 2000, she was awarded a PhD degree from the University of Durham for a thesis on the third marquess. She is currently Church History co-ordinator for the Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church and lives in Ayrshire.