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Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 29.4k views379 items

List RulesPeople 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?”
  • Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate1

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    Scientist and Inventor from United States of America. Educated in U.S.A. with M.B.A. in...  more
  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge2
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  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge3
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  • James Sharp4
    James Sharp (4 May 1613 – 3 May 1679) was a Scottish minister, and later Archbishop of St...  more
  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas5

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceBethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • John Cleese6

    John Cleese

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceWeston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

    John Marwood Cleese (; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, voice actor, comedian,...  more

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  • John Witherspoon7

    John Witherspoon

    Clergy, Cleric

    AgeDied at 71 (1723-1794)

    BirthplaceGifford, United Kingdom

    John Knox Witherspoon (February 5, 1723 – November 15, 1794) was a Scottish-American...  more
  • Ian McDiarmid8

    Ian McDiarmid

    Theatre Director, Actor


    BirthplaceCarnoustie, United Kingdom

    Ian McDiarmid (; born 11 August 1944) is a Scottish actor and director best known for...  more

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  • Fay Weldon9

    Fay Weldon

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceAlvechurch, England

    Fay Weldon CBE FRSL (born 22 September 1931) is an English author, essayist and playwright....  more
  • James Gregory10

    James Gregory

    Mathematician, Astronomer

    AgeDec. at 37 (1638-1675)

    BirthplaceDrumoak, United Kingdom

    James Gregory FRS (November 1638 – October 1675) was a Scottish mathematician and astronomer....  more
  • 11
    Sir Robert Aytoun or Ayton (1570–1638) was a Scottish poet....  more
  • Ian Bradley12

    Ian Bradley

    Journalist, Educator


    BirthplaceBerkhamsted, England

    Ian Campbell Bradley (born 28 May 1950) is a retired British academic, author, theologian,...  more
  • Ian Sommerville13

    Ian Sommerville

    Computer scientist


    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Glasgow

    Ian F. Sommerville, (born 23 February 1951) is a British academic. He is the author of a...  more
  • Russell Kirk14

    Russell Kirk

    Historian, Author

    AgeDec. at 76 (1918-1994)

    BirthplacePlymouth, Michigan

    Russell Amos Kirk (October 19, 1918 – April 29, 1994) was an American political theorist,...  more
  • Saba Douglas-Hamilton15

    Saba Douglas-Hamilton

    Journalist, Broadcaster



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  • James Wilson16

    James Wilson

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 56 (1742-1798)

    BirthplaceCeres, United Kingdom

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  • Iain Torrance17

    Iain Torrance



    BirthplaceAberdeen, United Kingdom

    Iain Richard Torrance, (born 13 January 1949) is a retired Church of Scotland minister,...  more
  • Andrew Lang18

    Andrew Lang

    Journalist, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 68 (1844-1912)

    BirthplaceSelkirk, Scottish Borders, United Kingdom

    Andrew Lang (31 March 1844 – 20 July 1912 ) was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic,...  more
  • James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose19

    AgeDec. at 38 (1612-1650)

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose (1612 – 21 May 1650) was a Scottish nobleman, poet and...  more
  • John Napier20

    John Napier

    Mathematician, Physicist

    AgeDec. at 67 (1550-1617)

    BirthplaceMerchiston Tower, United Kingdom

    John Napier of Merchiston (; 1550 – 4 April 1617); also signed as Neper, Nepair; nicknamed...  more
  • 21


    Professor Charles W. J. Withers FBA, FRSE, FAcSS is professor of historical geography at the...  more
  • John Knox22
    John Knox (c. 1513 – 24 November 1572) was a Scottish minister, theologian, and writer who was...  more
  • Adam Ferguson23

    Adam Ferguson

    Chaplain, Philosopher

    AgeDec. at 93 (1723-1816)

    BirthplaceLogierait, United Kingdom

    Adam Ferguson, FRSE (Scottish Gaelic: Adhamh MacFhearghais), also known as Ferguson of Raith...  more
  • 24

    Malcolm Bruce



    BirthplaceBirkenhead, United Kingdom

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  • John Scott Russell25

    John Scott Russell

    Architect, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 74 (1808-1882)

    BirthplaceParkhead, United Kingdom

    John Scott Russell FRSE FRS (9 May 1808, Parkhead, Glasgow – 8 June 1882, Ventnor, Isle of...  more