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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-Khatkhate is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate Scientist Scientist and Inventor from United States of America. Educated in U.S.A. with M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing. Also holds Ph.D. and M.S. in Polymer and Chemical Engineering from University of ...more

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is the wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Following his father Charles, Prince of Wales, William is second in line to succeed his grandmother, Queen ...more

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Prince William, Duke of Cambri... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge Prince William, Duke of Cambridge KG KT ADC, is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. He is second in line to succeed his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, ...more

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James Sharp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
James Sharp James Sharp was a Scottish minister, and later Archbishop of St Andrews. Sharp was from Banffshire, a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and a regent of St. Andrews University. In the Wars ...more

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Jonathan Taylor Thomas Actor, Voice acting Jonathan Taylor Thomas is an American actor, voice actor, former child star, and teen idol. He is known for his roles as the middle child Randy Taylor on the sitcom Home Improvement, as the ...more

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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
John Cleese Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the ...more

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John Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
John Witherspoon Clergy, Cleric John Knox Witherspoon was a Scots Presbyterian minister and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Jersey. As president of the College of New ...more

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Ian McDiarmid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Ian McDiarmid Theatre Director, Actor Ian McDiarmid is a Scottish actor and director. He has appeared in 47 films since 1976. Internationally, he is most famous for his role as Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film series.

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Fay Weldon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Fay Weldon Novelist, Author, Essayist Fay Weldon CBE FRSL is an English author, essayist and playwright, whose work has been associated with feminism. In her fiction, Weldon typically portrays contemporary women who find themselves ...more

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James Gregory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
James Gregory Mathematician, Astronomer James Gregory FRS was a Scottish mathematician and astronomer. He described an early practical design for the reflecting telescope – the Gregorian telescope – and made advances in trigonometry, ...more

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Robert Aytoun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Robert Aytoun Sir Robert Aytoun or Ayton was a Scottish poet. Ayton was the son of Ayton of Kinaldie House in Fife. He and his elder brother entered St Leonard's College in St Andrews in 1584. After ...more

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Ian Bradley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Ian Bradley Journalist, Educator, Theologian Ian Campbell Bradley is a British academic, author, theologian, Church of Scotland minister, journalist and broadcaster. At the University of St Andrews, he is Reader in Practical Theology and ...more

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Ian Sommerville is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Ian Sommerville Computer scientist Ian F. Sommerville, 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 worked as Professor of ...more

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Russell Kirk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Russell Kirk Historian, Author, Writer Russell Kirk was an American political theorist, moralist, historian, social critic, literary critic, and fiction author known for his influence on 20th century American conservatism. His 1953 ...more

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Saba Douglas-Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Saba Douglas-Hamilton Journalist, Broadcaster Saba Iassa Douglas-Hamilton is a Kenyan wildlife conservationist and television presenter. She has worked for a variety of conservation charities, and has appeared in wildlife documentaries ...more

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James Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
James Wilson Politician, Lawyer James Wilson was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence. Wilson was elected twice to the Continental Congress, where he ...more

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Iain Torrance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Iain Torrance Journalist Iain Richard Torrance, TD, is Pro-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland, Dean of the Order of the Thistle, Honorary Professor of Early Christian Doctrine ...more

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Andrew Lang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Andrew Lang Journalist, Novelist Andrew Lang was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the ...more

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James Graham, 1st Marquess of ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose Politician James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose was a Scottish nobleman, poet and soldier, who initially joined the Covenanters in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, but subsequently supported King Charles ...more

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John Napier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
John Napier Mathematician, Physicist, Astrologer John Napier of Merchiston — also signed as Neper, Nepair — nicknamed Marvellous Merchiston, was a Scottish landowner known as a mathematician, physicist, and astronomer. He was the 8th Laird of ...more

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Charles W. J. Withers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Charles W. J. Withers Educator 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
John Knox John Knox was a Scottish clergyman and writer who was a leader of the Protestant Reformation and is considered the founder of the Presbyterian denomination in Scotland. He is believed to have ...more

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Adam Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Adam Ferguson Chaplain, Philosopher Adam Ferguson FRSE also known as Ferguson of Raith was a Scottish philosopher and historian of the Scottish Enlightenment. Ferguson was sympathetic to traditional societies, such as the ...more

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Malcolm Bruce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Malcolm Bruce Politician Sir Malcolm Gray Bruce, PC is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He is the Member of Parliament for Gordon and has been the chairman of the International Development Select Committee since ...more

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John Scott Russell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
John Scott Russell Architect, Engineer John Scott Russell FRSE FRS was a Scottish civil engineer, naval architect and shipbuilder who built the Great Eastern in collaboration with Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He made the discovery of the ...more

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Alex Salmond is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Alex Salmond Politician, Economist Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond is a Scottish politician who served as the fourth First Minister of Scotland from 2007 to 2014. He was the leader of the Scottish National Party for over twenty ...more

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David Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
David Lindsay Judge, Writer Sir David Lyndsay of the Mount, was a Scottish herald, who held the office of Lyon King of Arms, and a poet, whose works reflect the spirit of the Renaissance.

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John Arbuthnot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
John Arbuthnot Physician John Arbuthnot, often known simply as Dr Arbuthnot, was a Scottish physician, satirist and polymath in London. He is best remembered for his contributions to mathematics, his membership in the ...more

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Louise Minchin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Louise Minchin Journalist, Actor, Presenter Louise Mary Minchin is a British journalist and news presenter who currently works freelance within the BBC. Since 2006, Louise has been a regular anchor on the BBC One programme Breakfast, ...more

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Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playf... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair Scientist Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair GCB, PC, FRS was a Scottish scientist and Liberal politician.

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John Pringle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
John Pringle Physician Sir John Pringle, 1st Baronet, PRS was a Scottish physician who has been called the "father of military medicine".

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Mark Lazarowicz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Mark Lazarowicz Politician Mark Lazarowicz, is a British Labour Co-operative politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith since 2001. In October 2010, he was appointed as part of the ...more

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Thomas Chalmers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Thomas Chalmers Mathematician, Writer Thomas Chalmers FRSE, was a Scottish minister, professor of theology, political economist, and a leader of the Church of Scotland and of the Free Church of Scotland. He has been called ...more

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David Beaton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
David Beaton Politician David Beaton was Archbishop of St Andrews and the last Scottish Cardinal prior to the Reformation.

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John Campbell, 9th Duke of Arg... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll KG KT GCMG GCVO VD PC, usually better known by the courtesy title Marquess of Lorne, by which he was known between 1847 ...more

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George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Cromartie Judge George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Cromartie FRS, known as Sir George Mackenzie, 2nd Baronet from 1654 to 1685 and as The Viscount of Tarbat from 1685 to 1703, was a Scottish statesman.

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Victor Premasagar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Victor Premasagar Victor Premasagar was the fourth successor of Frank Whittaker as Bishop in Medak. He was an Indian churchman and Old Testament scholar. He also became Moderator of the Church of South India.

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John Playfair is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
John Playfair Mathematician, Physicist John Playfair FRSE, FRS was a Scottish scientist and mathematician, and a professor of natural philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He is perhaps best known for his book Illustrations of ...more

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Andrew Forman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Andrew Forman Andrew Forman was a Scottish diplomat and prelate who became Bishop of Moray in 1501, Archbishop of Bourges in France, in 1513, Archbishop of St Andrews in 1514 as well as being Commendator of ...more

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Patrick Forbes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Patrick Forbes Patrick Forbes was a late 16th century and early 17th century Scottish churchman.

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Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgi... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin Diplomat Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and 11th Earl of Kincardine was a Scottish nobleman and diplomat, known primarily for the removal of marble sculptures from the Parthenon in Athens.

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James Wedderburn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
James Wedderburn Bishop James Wedderburn, bishop of Dunblane, was the second son of John Wedderburn, a mariner and shipowner from Dundee, and Margaret Lindsay. James Wedderburn, a playwright and early Scottish ...more

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Archibald Campbell, 1st Marqui... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquis of Argyll Politician Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll, 8th Earl of Argyll, chief of Clan Campbell, was the de facto head of government in Scotland during most of the conflict known as the Wars of the Three ...more

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James Black is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
James Black Physician Sir James Whyte Black OM FRS FRSE FRCP was a Scottish pharmacologist. Black established the physiology department at the University of Glasgow, where he became interested in the effects of ...more

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Alexander Wilson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Alexander Wilson Mathematician Alexander Wilson FRSE was a Scottish surgeon, type-founder, astronomer, mathematician and meteorologist. He was the first scientist to record the use of kites in meteorological investigations. ...more

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Séon Carsuel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Séon Carsuel Writer Séon Carsuel was a 16th-century Scottish prelate, humanist and Protestant reformer. Born early in the century, when Séon completed his education he joined the service of the ...more

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William Samson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
William Samson Scientist William Byars Samson is a Scottish astronomer, academic, computer scientist and a researcher in the fields of Astronomy, Databases, Artificial Intelligence, and Artificial Life. Will Samson ...more

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George Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
George Mackenzie Politician, Writer, Lawyer Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh, known as Bluidy Mackenzie, was a Scottish lawyer, Lord Advocate, essayist and legal writer.

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John Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marq... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
John Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair John Campbell Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair KT GCMG GCVO PC, known as The Earl of Aberdeen from 1870 to 1916, was a Scottish politician. Born in Edinburgh, Hamilton-Gordon ...more

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Charles B. Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
Charles B. Macdonald Golfer, Architect Charles Blair Macdonald was a major figure in early American golf. He built the first 18-hole course in the United States, was a driving force in the founding of the United States Golf ...more