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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-Khatkhate is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni
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, 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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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