University Of St Andrews

Discover the notable alumni of University Of St Andrews. The list includes people like Alastair Reynolds, Andrew Lawrence, Crispin Bonham-Carter, William Ernest Henley & Philippe Cousteau, Jr.. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as miscellaneous, writers, leaders, intellectuals & academics and lawyers & judges etc.
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Prince William
( Elder Son of King Charles III and His First Wife Diana)
Prince William
84
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, the elder son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana is the second in the line to the throne of Britain. He is a trained pilot. He is also associated with a number of charities, including those related to mental-health awareness and environmental issues. 
 2 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
(The Duchess of Cambridge)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
90
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reading, England

Catherine “Kate” Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge after her marriage to Prince William in 2011. Associated with countless charities, Kate and William started a mental-health campaign named Heads Together. Kate also gave rise to the “Kate Middleton effect" in the fashion world and was named to Time 100.

 3 
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
(Known for His Role in the Sitcom ‘Home Improvement’)
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
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Birthdate: September 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

Jonathan Taylor Thomas, best known as Randy Taylor from Home Improvement, also voiced young Simba in the 1994 animation film The Lion King. He later left acting to study and eventually joined Harvard and Columbia universities. He also appeared in Tom and Huck and voiced Pinocchio in a live-action movie.

 4 
Ian McDiarmid
(Best Known for His Villainous Role of 'Emperor Palpatine' from the 'Star Wars' Film Series)
Ian McDiarmid
9
Birthdate: August 11, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland

Best known to fans as Emperor Palpatine or Darth Sidious in the Star Wars movie series, Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid also had a successful career in British theater. His performance as Teddy in the play Faith Healer won him a Tony Award, while he earned an Olivier Award for the play Insignificance.

 5 
James A. Michener
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 3, 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 16, 1997
 6 
Jean-Paul Marat
(French Politician and Journalist During French Politician)
Jean-Paul Marat
6
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 24, 1743
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boudry, Switzerland
Died: July 13, 1793

French political theorist, scientist, and physician Jean-Paul Marat was a key figure of the French Revolution. He published his radical views in pamphlets and newspapers, such as L'Ami du people. He was held responsible for the September massacres. His assassination by a Girondin supporter made him a Jacobin martyr.

 7 
Andrew Lawrence
(Actor)
Andrew Lawrence
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Birthdate: January 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Abington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Crispin Bonham-Carter
(Best Known for Playing 'Mr Bingley' in TV Miniseries 'Pride and Prejudice')
Crispin Bonham-Carter
4
Birthdate: September 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Colchester, Essex, England

A distant cousin of actor Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Bonham-Carter is a successful actor and theater director in his own right. Best known as Mr. Bingley from the BBC miniseries based on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, he has previously also taught English in a school for a decade.

 9 
Philippe Cousteau Jr.
(Oceanographer and Environmental Activist)
Philippe Cousteau Jr.
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

Known for the documentary Ocean's Deadliest, which he co-hosted with Steve Irwin, oceanographer Philippe Cousteau Jr. also earned an Emmy nomination for his work in Awesome Planet. The grandson of naval officer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Philippe had lost his father, sailor and filmmaker Philippe Cousteau, 6 months before his birth.

 10 
William Ernest Henley
(English Poet Best Known for His Poem 'Invictus' (1875))
William Ernest Henley
2
Birthdate: August 23, 1849
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gloucester, England
Died: July 11, 1903

Best known for his short poem Invictus, William Ernest Henley was a Victorian-era British poet and author. A disease he contracted in childhood caused one of his legs to be amputated. It is believed, he was the inspiration behind the crippled character Long John Silver in RL Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

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Robert Watson-Watt
(British Pioneer of Radio Direction Finding and Radar Technology)
Robert Watson-Watt
1
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: April 13, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brechin, Scotland
Died: December 5, 1973

Robert Watson-Watt, often called the father of radar was a British physicist who did pioneering work in radio direction finding (RDF) and radar technology. He developed high-frequency direction finding (huff-duff) as a system for locating lightning. It was later introduced during the Second World War and played an instrumental role in intelligence, mainly in catching enemy radios while they transmitted.

 12 
Desmond Swayne
(British Politician)
Desmond Swayne
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
 13 
James Wilson
(One of the Founding Fathers of the United States & a Signatory of the Declaration of Independence)
James Wilson
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 14, 1742
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fife, Scotland
Died: August 21, 1798

James Wilson was an American statesman, legal scholar, politician, and founding father of the United States of America. He served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1789 to 1798.  A leading legal theorist, he played a key role in drafting the United States Constitution. He was also a professor of law. 

 14 
Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin
(British Nobleman, Soldier, Politician and Diplomat Known Primarily for the Controversial Procurement of Marble Sculptures)
Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 20, 1766
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Broomhall, Fife, Scotland
Died: November 14, 1841

Part of the Scottish royal Bruce family, Thomas Bruce, became the 7th Earl of Elgin at age 5. He later joined the army and became a Lieutenant General. A classical art lover, he later became famous for his collection of Greek marble sculptures, mainly acquired from the Parthenon in Athens.

 15 
John Sawers
(British Intelligence Officer, Diplomat and Civil Servant)
John Sawers
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Warwick, England

Former MI6 chief John Sawers has also been a Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN and the British ambassador to Egypt. His work has taken him to Yemen, Syria, and South Africa. A descendant of the aristocratic Stratford family, he later founded Newbridge Advisory and also taught at King's College London.

 16 
Danny Blanchflower
(Northern Ireland Footballer, Football Manager and Journalist)
Danny Blanchflower
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 10, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: December 9, 1993
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose
(Poet, Viceroy and Captain General of Scotland)
James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 25, 1612
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: May 21, 1650

Known as The Great Montrose, James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose was not just a Scottish nobleman and military leader but also a talented poet. He won many battles for Charles I but was defeated in the Battle of Carbisdale, following which he was hanged to death in the Edinburgh marketplace.

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Alastair Reynolds
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Barry, Vale of Glamorgan Barry, Wales
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Sir James W. Black
(Scottish Physician and Pharmacologist, Winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Medicine)
Sir James W. Black
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Uddingston, Scotland
Died: March 22, 2010

Sir James W. Black was a Scottish pharmacologist and physician. Black, who became interested in the study of the human heart and its reaction to adrenaline, developed a beta-blocker named propranolol to treat heart diseases. He is also credited with developing cimetidine, a drug used to cure stomach ulcers. He was honored with the 1988 Nobel Prize for Medicine.

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John Graham, 1st Viscount Dundee
(Soldier)
John Graham, 1st Viscount Dundee
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 21, 1647
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glen Ogilvie, near Glamis, Angus, Scotland
Died: July 27, 1689
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Asha de Vos
(Marine biologist)
Asha de Vos
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
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Thomas Chalmers
(Vice-President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh From 1835 to 1842)
Thomas Chalmers
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 17, 1780
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Anstruther, Fife, Scotland
Died: May 31, 1847

Scottish Presbyterian minister and political economist Thomas Chalmers has been immortalized by the town of Port Chalmers in New Zealand, named after him. An ordained minister, he was initially a math lecturer. He later became the Free Church of Scotland’s first moderator. He tried applying Christian ethics to economic problems.

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William Dunbar
(Poet)
William Dunbar
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1459 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: 1530 AD

Once the court poet of King James IV of Scotland, William Dunbar remains one of the most reputed Chaucerians of his time. Known for allegorical pieces such as The Goldyn Targe, he also penned works such as Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedie, directed against his rival Walter Kennedy.

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James Ivory
(Mathematician)
James Ivory
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 17, 1765
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland
Died: September 21, 1842

James Ivory was a British mathematician and astronomer best remembered for developing Ivory's Theorem. In 1814, he was honored with the prestigious Copley Medal for publishing several important memoirs.

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Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine
(Lawyer)
Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 10, 1750
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: November 17, 1823
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John Scott Russell
(Scottish Civil Engineer, Naval Architect and Shipbuilder Best Known for Researches in Ship Design)
John Scott Russell
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 9, 1808
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Parkhead, Glasgow, Scotland
Died: June 8, 1882

Glasgow-born civil engineer John Scott Russell is best remembered for his contribution to naval architecture. He was the first to build a naval battleship entirely made of iron, the HMS Warrior. His written works include the 3-volume The Modern System of Naval Architecture. He also discovered Russell's solitary wave.

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Deirdre Mullins
(Irish Actress)
Deirdre Mullins
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Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Robert Fergusson
(Scottish Poet)
Robert Fergusson
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 5, 1750
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: October 16, 1774

Robert Fergusson was a Scottish poet whose works had a major impact on contemporary poet and lyricist Robert Burns. Although Fergusson's career was brief, he achieved immense popularity for his work in the Scots language. He died at the age of 24 and the brutal circumstances of his demise inspired the creation of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

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Thomas Bowdler
(English Physician Known for Publishing 'The Family Shakespeare')
Thomas Bowdler
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: July 11, 1754
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bath, Somerset, England
Died: February 24, 1825

Best known for publishing The Family Shakespeare volumes, which made Shakespeare’s plays appealing to children, Thomas Bowdler was also a qualified doctor. His technique of diluting Shakespeare’s works gave rise to the word bowdlerize, which describes the over-simplification of books, films, or series, for making them family-friendly.

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John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl
(Noble)
John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 24, 1660
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Knowsley Hall, Knowsley, England
Died: November 14, 1724
 31 
Robert Henryson
(Poet)
Robert Henryson
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1425 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: 1500 AD

Robert Henryson was a poet who found success in Scotland between 1460 and 1500 AD. Many of his works, including the famous Morall Fabillis, were composed in Middle Scots. Although little is known about Henryson, evidence suggests that he had training in the humanities and law. It is also said that Henryson might have worked as a teacher as well.

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William Maitland of Lethington
(Politician)
William Maitland of Lethington
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1525 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: June 9, 1573
 33 
Yousra Elbagir
(Journalist)
Yousra Elbagir
0
Birthdate: 1992 AD
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan
 34 
Müge Çevik
(Turkish Physician)
Müge Çevik
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Birthplace: Turkey
 35 
James Crichton
(Polymath)
James Crichton
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Birthdate: August 19, 1560
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dumfries, Scotland
Died: July 3, 1582
 36 
Sir George Mackenzie
(Lawyer)
Sir George Mackenzie
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 1636 AD
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland
Died: June 30, 1691
 37 
Hector Boece
(Scottish Philosopher and Historian)
Hector Boece
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Birthdate: 1465 AD
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland
Died: 1536 AD

Hector Boece was a Scottish historian and philosopher best remembered for his role as the first principal of King's College, a precursor of the University of Aberdeen, where he often delivered lectures on divinity and on medicine. He is also remembered for his books, History of the Scottish People and Lives of the Bishops of Murthlack and Aberdeen. 

 38 
David Lyndsay
(Poet)
David Lyndsay
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1490 AD
Birthplace: East Lothian Council, Scotland
Died: 1555 AD

David Lyndsay was a Scottish herald and poet whose literary work is often counted among the finest of the Renaissance. A well-known makar, David Lyndsay is depicted among the 16 Scottish poets and writers on the famous Scott Monument in Edinburgh. 

 39 
Walter Bower
(Chronicler)
Walter Bower
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Birthdate: 1385 AD
Birthplace: Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland
Died: December 24, 1449
 40 
Alastair Reid
(Scottish Poet Known for His Lighthearted Style of Poems)
Alastair Reid
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Whithorn, Scotland
Died: September 21, 2014

Alastair Reid was a Scottish poet best remembered for his lighthearted style of poetry. A scholar of South American literature, Reid is also known for his translations of the works of popular South American poets like Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges. Alastair Reid also worked as a teacher and contributed immensely as a writer for The New Yorker magazine.

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John Witherspoon
(Scottish-American Presbyterian Minister, Educator and a Founding Father of the United States)
John Witherspoon
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 5, 1723
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gifford, Scotland
Died: November 15, 1794

John Witherspoon was a Scottish American slaveholder, Presbyterian minister, and Founding Father of the United States. A signatory to the Declaration of Independence, Witherspoon also signed the Articles of Confederation. He also played a crucial role in shaping public policy in the United States of America.

 42 
John Leslie
(Scottish Mathematician and Physicist Who First Created 'Artificial Ice')
John Leslie
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 10, 1766
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lower Largo, Scotland
Died: November 3, 1832

Sir John Leslie, 4th Baronet, was a Scottish physicist and mathematician remembered for conducting research into heat. In 1802, he became the first person to give the first modern account of capillary action. In 1810, Leslie froze water using an air-pump, becoming the first person to produce ice artificially. He is also known for developing a device called Leslie cube.

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Nicholas Moore
(Poet)
Nicholas Moore
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 16, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
Died: January 26, 1986
 44 
William Douglas, 10th Earl of Angus
(Nobleman)
William Douglas, 10th Earl of Angus
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1552 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: March 3, 1611
 45 
John Goodsir
(Anatomist)
John Goodsir
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 20, 1814
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Anstruther, Scotland
Died: March 6, 1867
 46 
Alexander Henderson
(Theologian)
Alexander Henderson
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Birthdate: 1583 AD
Birthplace: Fife, Scotland
Died: August 19, 1646
 47 
Walter Coutts
(British colonial administrator and was Uganda's final Governor before independence, from 1961–1962)
Walter Coutts
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: November 4, 1988
 48 
Archibald Constable
(Publisher)
Archibald Constable
1
Birthdate: February 24, 1774
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Carnbee, Scotland
Died: July 21, 1827
 49 
George Gillespie
(Theologian)
George Gillespie
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Birthdate: January 21, 1613
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Died: December 17, 1648
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William Craigie
(Lexicographer)
William Craigie
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Birthdate: August 13, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland
Died: September 2, 1957