Biography of King George I
George I (1660-1727), King of Great Britain and Ireland and Elector of Hanover, was the grandson of James VI, King of Scotland. He succeeded Queen Anne in 1714 and he rewarded the University for its loyalty during the Jacobite uprising of 1715.
In 1715 the Faculty provided the funds to maintain a a company of fifty soldiers to serve with the Royalist army against the Jacobite army. The soldiers did not see action, but the King showed his gratitude for the University's loyalty the following year. In 1716 he granted an additional sum of £170 from the revenues of the Archbishopric of Glasgow, originally granted to the University by King William III in 1693, to provide £100 for a Professor of Ecclesiastical History and £70 to augment the salaries of other professors. The gift is commemorated by an inscription on the Blackstone Chair.