Department of Political Economy

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  • Correspondence 1945
  • Student records 1893-1947

Administrative / Biographical History

The subject of Political Economy has been studied at Glasgow University as long as the Chair of Moral Philosophy has existed. This was founded, along with the Chair of Logic and Rhetoric in 1727. Gerschom Carmichael ( 1727-1730  ) was the first Professor of Moral Philosophy. The Moral Philosophy class was concerned with Ethics, Jurisprudence, Natural Theology, and Political Economy. Notable holders of the Chair of Moral Philosophy have included Francis Hutcheson ( 1730-1746  ), Adam Smith ( 1752-1764  ), and Thomas Reid ( 1764-1796  ). A full list of the University's professors from 1451  to 2001  can be found at  .

In 1892  a Lectureship in Political Economy was established with William Smart as Lecturer. In 1896  this was raised to the Adam Smith Chair of Political Economy, endowed with the gift of Andrew Stewart , a Glasgow iron and tube manufacturer, with Smart ( 1896-1915  ) as the first Professor of Political Economy.

In 1962  the James Bonar Chair of Economics was founded with Alexander Nove ( 1963-1982  ) as the first professor. In 1990  the title of the Chair was changed to the Bonar-Macfie Chair of Political Economy. In 1985  the Daniel Jack Chair of Political Economy was founded with Andrew Stewart Skinner ( 1985-1994  ) as the first professor. In 1997  the Department of Political Economy became the Department of Economics.

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Subfonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne Archives Assistant, 18th January 2002

Subfonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, archives assistant, January 2002  and John O'Brien, archives assistant, October 2002  .