John Stirling

Biography of John Stirling

John Stirling (1654-1727) was Principal of the University from 1701 to 1727. He bequeathed more than £166 for the use of the University's library.

The son of a minister, Stirling was Minister of Inchinnan and then Greenock before he was appointed to the Principal's office through the influence of the Rector, Sir John Maxwell. During the early years of his principalship the University's finances were set on a sound footing; the teaching staff was increased with the founding of seven new chairs; the Faculty of Arts was reorganised; the Faculty of Divinity enlarged, and a foundations for schools of Law and Medicine were laid. However, the period was also marred by unruly behaviour among the student body and factionalism among the professors. The University's problems were addressed by the Commission of Visitation which set out new statutes for the government of the University in 1727.

Stirling was reportedly an excellent preacher and was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1707.

You can see a collection of his letters at the University of Glasgow Archives and Special Collections.


John Stirling
Born 1654.
Died September 1727.
University Link: Benefactor, Principal
GU Degree:
Occupation categories: clergy
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P144519
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Record last updated: 27th Oct 2022

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