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RECTOR, Eccl. law. One who rules or governs a name given to certain officers of the Roman church. Dict. Canonique, h.v.

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From 1865 to 1868 he served as Lord Rector of the University of St Andrews and as an independent MP, representing the City and Westminster constituency.
He was Lord Rector of the University of Edinburgh from 1975-78 and served as Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University since 2002.
On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, wearing my hat of office as Lord Rector of the University of St Andrews (a hat fashioned of soft black velvet with a purple tassel that hangs by my left ear), I attended six ceremonies of rites of passage: students became masters, masters rose to being doctors, and the great and good received honorary degrees to put after their names.