William Rouet

Biography of William Rouet

William Rouet or Rouat was Professor of Oriental Languages at the University, 1751 to 1752, and of Ecclesiatical History, from 1752 until his resignation in December 1761.

Rouet matriculated to study at the University in 1730. He became a clergyman and then a tutor to the children of John Maxwell of Pollok, before his appointment to the Chair of Oriental Languages.

The University historian James Coutts states that Rouet taught only infrequently during his tenure of the chairs. He spent more than two years in London, 1753 to 1756, pursuing various legal actions on behalf of the University, and returned to the capital for a further six months in September 1756. In 1759, the Earl of Hopetoun offered to contribute £400 to a fund to meet the salary of an astronomical observer at the University, on condition that Rouet was given leave of absence for four years to travel to Europe as tutor to the Earl's son. The offer was declined, but Rouet left for Europe at the end of the year without permission. He finally resigned in December 1761 but claimed his University salary for the period in which he had been employed abroad as a tutor. After prolonged legal action, he was paid the money in 1767. The former Professor was re-employed by the University later that year, as its representative in continuing legal matters in London.


William Rouet
Clergyman and Classical Scholar

University Link: Alumnus, Professor
Occupation categories: classical scholars; clergy
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P150513
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Record last updated: 16th Jul 2008

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