Biography of Queen Anne
Anne (1665-1714) Queen of Great Britain and Ireland from 1702 until her death, was the daughter of King James II and acceded to the throne after the death of William III in 1702.
Shortly before the Union of the Parliaments in 1707, the Scots Parliament recommended that Anne grant funds to augment the salaries of professors at the four Scottish universities. In 1708 Principal John Stirling visited London to pursue the matter. Queen Anne issued a charter in September that year, granting £210 from the Civil List of Scotland to provide salaries for the University's Professors of Humanity, Mathematics, Oriental Languages and Botany, and augmentations to the salaries of the Principal, the three professors of philosophies and the Professor of Greek. The gift is commemorated by an inscription on the Blackstone Chair.
In 1713 Queen Anne granted further sums to the University, assigning £40 per annum for the salary of a Professor of Medicine and £90 for a Professor of Law.