Biography of Patrick Gillespie
The Old College, c 1680
Patrick Gillespie (1617-1675) was a radical Covenanter who was Principal of the University from 1653 to 1660 and was responsible for major rebuilding works at the University during the 1650s.
Gillespie was a graduate of St Andrews who became a minister in Glasgow and a vociferous opponent of Royal power. He was appointed Principal in 1653 during the English occupation of Scotland, and went on to spend lavishly on the great building project which had begun in the 1630s. Under his leadership, the Old College's inner quadrangle and tower were completed and new houses and other buildings were erected.
After the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, Gillespie was charged with treason and imprisoned in Stirling Castle. He was tried and pardoned in 1661, and little is known of the remaining years of his life.