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Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of St Andrews and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from University of St Andrews, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of St Andrews include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of St Andrews alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of St Andrews are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from University of St Andrews.

List features graduates like Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, John Cleese.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of St Andrews?” and “Which celebrities are University of St Andrews alumni?”
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Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatk... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Scientist

Birthplace: Mumbai, India

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Catherine, Duchess of Ca... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni

Age: 37

Birthplace: Royal Berkshire Hospital, United Kingdom

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton; 9 January 1982), is a member of the British royal family. Her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is expected to ...more

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Prince William, Duke of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni

Age: 36

Birthplace: St Mary's Hospital, London, London, United Kingdom

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (William Arthur Philip Louis; born 21 June 1982) is a member of the British royal family. He is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess ...more

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James Sharp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni

Age: Dec. at 66 (1613-1679)

James Sharp (4 May 1613 – 3 May 1679) was a Scottish minister, and later Archbishop of St Andrews (1661–1679).
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 37

Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Jonathan Taylor Thomas (born Jonathan Taylor Weiss; September 8, 1981) is an American actor, voice actor, and director. He is known for portraying Randy Taylor on Home Improvement and voicing ...more

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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 79

Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

John Marwood Cleese (; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter ...more

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John Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Clergy, Cleric

Age: Dec. at 71 (1723-1794)

Birthplace: Gifford, United Kingdom

John Knox Witherspoon (February 5, 1723 – November 15, 1794) was a Scottish-American Presbyterian minister and a Founding Father of the United States. Witherspoon embraced the concepts of ...more
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Ian McDiarmid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Theatre Director, Actor

Age: 74

Birthplace: Carnoustie, United Kingdom

Ian McDiarmid (; born 11 August 1944) is a Scottish actor and director best known for portraying Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film series. He has received an Olivier Award for Best Actor ...more

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Fay Weldon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Novelist, Author, Essayist

Age: 87

Birthplace: Alvechurch, England

Fay Weldon CBE FRSL (born 22 September 1931) is an English author, essayist and playwright.
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James Gregory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Mathematician, Astronomer

Age: Dec. at 37 (1638-1675)

Birthplace: Drumoak, United Kingdom

James Gregory FRS (November 1638 – October 1675) was a Scottish mathematician and astronomer. His surname is sometimes spelled as Gregorie, the original Scottish spelling. He described an early ...more
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Robert Aytoun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni

Age: Dec. at 68 (1570-1638)

Birthplace: Scotland

Sir Robert Aytoun or Ayton (1570–1638) was a Scottish poet.
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Ian Bradley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Journalist, Educator, Theologian

Age: 68

Birthplace: Berkhamsted, England

Ian Campbell Bradley (born 28 May 1950) is a retired British academic, author, theologian, Church of Scotland minister, journalist and broadcaster. At the University of St Andrews, he was ...more
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Ian Sommerville is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Computer scientist

Age: 68

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Glasgow, + more

Ian F. Sommerville, (born 23 February 1951) is a British academic. He is the author of a popular student textbook on software engineering, as well as a number of other books and papers. He ...more
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Russell Kirk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Historian, Author, Writer

Age: Dec. at 76 (1918-1994)

Birthplace: Plymouth, Michigan

Russell Amos Kirk (October 19, 1918 – April 29, 1994) was an American political theorist, moralist, historian, social critic, and literary critic, known for his influence on 20th-century ...more
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Saba Douglas-Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Journalist, Broadcaster

Age: 48

Birthplace: Kenya

Saba Iassa Douglas-Hamilton (born 7 June 1970) is a Kenyan wildlife conservationist and television presenter. She has worked for a variety of conservation charities, and has appeared in wildlife ...more
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James Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 56 (1742-1798)

Birthplace: Ceres, United Kingdom

James Wilson (September 14, 1742 – August 21, 1798) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States ...more
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Iain Torrance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Journalist

Age: 70

Birthplace: Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Iain Richard Torrance, (born 13 January 1949) is a retired Church of Scotland minister, theologian and academic. He is Pro-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, Honorary Professor of Early ...more
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Andrew Lang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Journalist, Novelist

Age: Dec. at 68 (1844-1912)

Birthplace: Selkirk, Scottish Borders, United Kingdom

Andrew Lang (31 March 1844 – 20 July 1912 ) was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. ...more
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James Graham, 1st Marque... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 38 (1612-1650)

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose (1612 – 21 May 1650) was a Scottish nobleman, poet and soldier, lord lieutenant and later viceroy and captain general of Scotland. Montrose initially ...more
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John Napier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Astrologer

Age: Dec. at 67 (1550-1617)

Birthplace: Merchiston Tower, United Kingdom

John Napier of Merchiston (; 1550 – 4 April 1617); also signed as Neper, Nepair; nicknamed Marvellous Merchiston) was a Scottish landowner known as a mathematician, physicist, and astronomer. He ...more
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Charles W. J. Withers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Educator

Age: 64

Professor Charles W. J. Withers FBA, FRSE, FAcSS is professor of historical geography at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
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John Knox is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni

Age: Dec. at 58 (1514-1572)

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, East Lothian, Haddington, United Kingdom, + more

John Knox (c. 1513 – 24 November 1572) was a Scottish minister, theologian, and writer who was a leader of the country's Reformation. He was the founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. ...more
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Adam Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Chaplain, Philosopher

Age: Dec. at 93 (1723-1816)

Birthplace: Logierait, United Kingdom

Adam Ferguson, FRSE (Scottish Gaelic: Adhamh MacFhearghais), also known as Ferguson of Raith (1 July N.S./20 June O.S. 1723 – 22 February 1816), was a Scottish philosopher and historian of the ...more
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Malcolm Bruce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Politician

Age: 74

Birthplace: Birkenhead, United Kingdom

Malcolm Gray Bruce, Baron Bruce of Bennachie, (born 17 November 1944) is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He was the Member of Parliament for Gordon from 1983 to 2015 and was the chairman ...more
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John Scott Russell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Architect, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 74 (1808-1882)

Birthplace: Parkhead, United Kingdom

John Scott Russell FRSE FRS (9 May 1808, Parkhead, Glasgow – 8 June 1882, Ventnor, Isle of Wight) was a Scottish civil engineer, naval architect and shipbuilder who built Great Eastern in ...more