An impressive story of seven generations of the same family who have all studied at the University of St Andrews (from our nice friends in Special Collections)

Echoes from the Vault

“My father used to say that his days at St Andrews had been among the happiest of his life”

The University of St Andrews becomes a special place to those who have studied here. Good friendships and lasting relationships are often established during the formative period of life spent here as a student, a vital part of the student experience. Sometimes former students will even marry one another. Sometimes children follow parents to the University, which retains significance for families from all over the world as successive generations return to study here. A wonderful example of this family tradition is the Barty family, 15 of whom studied at St Andrews between 1775 and 1994. There has been at least one student from each of seven generations of this Perthshire family.

Elisabeth, the sixth generation student and now a Professor Emerita from the University College Cork, has kindly allowed…

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