Watch your step: the curse of the ‘PH’

Set against a backdrop of cathedral ruins, picturesque beaches, and the world’s oldest golf course, it is immediately apparent that studying at the University of St Andrews is nothing short of unique. Among the many features that set the University apart are its student traditions, a handful of which date back to its early history. … Continue reading Watch your step: the curse of the ‘PH’

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John Knox and St Andrews

    Born in East Lothian, around 1514, John Knox came from a modest family, with his father, William Knox, being a merchant. While Knox and his brother, also called William, were young their parents died of unknown circumstances; as a result, the two boys were taken in by a wealthy family who provided a … Continue reading John Knox and St Andrews

Why should new postgraduates at St Andrews thank James IV?

On 9th September 1513 King James IV of Scotland was defeated and killed at the Battle of Flodden and so became the last monarch in Great Britain to be killed in battle.  Catherine of Aragon sent his bloodstained shirt to King Henry VIII who was campaigning in France.   The eldest of James’ illegitimate children, … Continue reading Why should new postgraduates at St Andrews thank James IV?