Rector of the University of Edinburgh


Rector of the University of Edinburgh

The Lord Rector of the University of Edinburgh is elected every three years by the students and staff at the University of Edinburgh. Seldom referred to as "Lord Rector", the incumbent is more commonly known just as the Rector.

The position of Rector, along with the positions of Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, was only created in 1858. Prior to this, the University was governed by the Lord Provost, Magistrates, and town council of Edinburgh.The rector's place in the university was codified by statute of the Westminster Parliament, the "Universities (Scotland) Act 1889", which provided for the election of a Rector at all universities then in existence in Scotland. To this day only the ancient universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and St Andrews plus the newer Dundee, elect a Rector; the 20th century universities do not.

It should be noted that Gordon Brown was a student at the time of his election, and was the student movement's candidate; he was not elected due to his political importance as he had not been elected an MP yet.


=List of Rectors [cite web| url=http://websiterepository.ed.ac.uk/explore/people/officials/rectors.html| title=The Rector of the University| publisher=University of Edinburgh| accessdate=2008-08-17] =

*1859 William Gladstone
*1865 Thomas Carlyle
*1868 James Moncreiff, 1st Baron Moncreiff
*1871 Sir William Stirling-Maxwell
*1874 Edward Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby
*1877 Spencer Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington
*1880 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery
*1883 Sir Stafford Northcote (from 1885 Earl of Iddesleigh)
*1887 Schomberg Kerr, 9th Marquess of Lothian
*1890 George Goschen
*1893 James Robertson
*1896 Alexander Bruce, 6th Lord Balfour of Burleigh
*1899 Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava
*1902 Sir Robert Finlay
*1905 Richard Haldane
*1908 George Wyndham
*1911 Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto
*1914 Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener
*1917 David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty
*1920 David Lloyd George
*1923 Stanley Baldwin
*1926 Sir John Gilmour
*1929 Winston Churchill [cite book| author=Paul Addison| title=Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Churchill, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer (1874–1965)| publisher=Oxford University Press| date=Sept 2004; online edn, May 2007| url=http://0-www.oxforddnb.com.catalogue.ulrls.lon.ac.uk:80/view/article/32413| accessdate=2007-09-10]
*1932 General Sir Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton
*1935 Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby
*1936 Sir Herbert John Clifford Grierson
*1939 Sir J. Donald Pollock
*1945 Andrew Cunningham, 1st Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope
*1948 Alastair Sim
*1951 Sir Alexander Fleming
*1954 Sir Sydney A. Smith
*1957 James Robertson Justice
*1960 Jo Grimond
*1963 James Robertson Justice
*1966 Malcolm Muggeridge
*1969 Kenneth Allsop
*1972 Jonathon W. G. Wills
*1973 Gordon Brown
*1976 Magnús Magnússon
*1979 Very Rev. Anthony Ross
*1982 David Steel
*1985 Archie Macpherson
*1988 Muriel Gray
*1991 Donnie Munro
*1994 Malcolm Macleod
*1997 John Mark Colquhoun
*2000 Robin Harper MSP
*2003 Sir Tam Dalyell
*2006 Mark Ballard

References

Bibliography

*cite web|title=List of rectors|work=Previously Answered Reference Questions| publisher=Edinburgh University Library| url=http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/faqs/parqsutz.shtml#Rec1|accessdate=2006-07-29
*cite web|title=List of chancellors|work=Previously Answered Reference Questions| publisher=Edinburgh University Library| url=http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/faqs/parqsutz.shtml#Chanc1|accessdate=2006-07-29
*cite book|first=Donald|last=Wintersgill|year=2005|title=The Rectors of the University of Edinburgh 1859-2000|publisher=Dunedin Academic Press|id=ISBN 1-903765-44-7


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