William Scott "primus" (1672-1735)

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William Scott "primus" (1672-1735) was appointed as a Regent of Humanity at Edinburgh University in 1695. Following the abolition of the regenting system in 1708, he was appointed Professor of Greek. He resigned from this post in 1729 in favour of his son William Scott "secundus" (d. 1729) and assumed the Chair of Moral Philosophy.

While still a regent, Scott had played a prominent role in the clash between the University and the Town Council of Edinburgh which led to the seizure of the College Records in 1704.