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The Red Gown and St Andrews

Echoes from the Vault has looked at a few of the University of St Andrews traditions in recent years – the May dip, Raisin Monday, orientation, matriculation, examinations, Rector’s Installation and graduation. One of the most well-known St Andrews student traditions is the wearing of the red gown. Worn by undergraduates to formal occasions, or…

13 September 2018Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection Rare Book Collection Student Experience University of St Andrews traditions

Scottish Natural Philosopher – George Sinclair [?1630]-1696

George Sinclair was one of the earliest British writers on hydrostatics and published The hydrostaticks in 1672. At the time, Sinclair’s work was criticised by James Gregory and William Sanders in The Great and New Art of Weighing Vanity of 1672. In a recently published article in Notes & Records of the Royal Society, “The hydrostatical…

31 August 2018Muniments Collection Rare Book Collection

‘My year in St Andrews was one of the best of my life…’

Rebecca Lawton (M.Litt Mediaeval History 2015) has been working on a collection of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts as part of a collaborative PhD between the University of Leicester and the British Library. In this blog Rebecca shares with us the details of her PhD project and how her student experience at St Andrews has benefited her in…

12 June 2018Student Experience Teaching

Lighting the Past Goodbyes!

On Tuesday, the Special Collections Division of the University of St Andrews Library celebrated the hard work of four Lighting the Past cataloguers who will be leaving the team over the summer. The project was established in 2013, and since then has led to the online cataloguing of about 53,000 rare books, the records of…

29 June 2017Announcements

Graduation week, celebrating Honorands: Great thinkers and writers

As we congratulate our students across the Divinity, English, Psychology and International Relations subject areas who graduate today at undergraduate and postgraduate level, we present a selection of distinguished individuals who have received honorary degrees from the University of St Andrews. KARL BARTH, LLD 1937 The Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth (1886-1968) is considered one…

20 June 2017Events Muniments Collection

Graduation week, celebrating Honorands: some history

At the start of this special week in the University we are beginning a mini-series of blog posts to mark graduation. Each day we will feature some of the amazing people who have been honoured by the University in the past. They received their honorary degrees in recognition of significant achievements in lives spent in…

19 June 2017Events Muniments Collection

Search for alumni in the new online University of St Andrews Biographical Register 1747-1897

The University of St Andrews Biographical Register, compiled by former Keeper of Muniments Robert N Smart, holds extensive details of the nearly 12,000 students and staff who studied or worked at the University between the middle of the eighteenth and the end of the nineteenth centuries. It can be searched for information about students’ degree…

15 May 2017Announcements Muniments Collection

Marvellous Merchiston: 400th anniversary of the death of the mathematician John Napier of Merchiston

Today is the 400th anniversary of the death of the mathematician John Napier of Merchiston, who died on the 4th April 1617.  Widely regarded as the first Scot to have made a major contribution to scientific learning, Napier is perhaps best known for inventing logarithms, bringing the decimal point into common use and for inventing…

4 April 2017Anniversaries Highlights Rare Book Collection

A Prize Discovery: The Story of the Tullis Brothers

Recently, the Lighting the Past Team came across this inscription in a Greek language textbook: The discovery of this annotation provides a perfect opportunity to highlight the connections between William Tullis and his brothers and the University of St Andrews.  As illustrated by the bookplate, this text was gifted to St Andrews University Library by…

31 March 2017Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection Rare Book finds

Trailblazing Women at the University of St Andrews: A Celebration for International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, we salute some of the amazing women who have been associated with the University in the last 125 years. ELIZABETH GARRETT (1836-1917) was the first woman to matriculate at the University of St Andrews. In November 1862 she had the support of some of the medical professors and the Vice-Chancellor (Principal…

7 March 2017Muniments Collection