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

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Charles I and Silver Medals?

  On November 19th, 1600 King Charles I was born in Dunfermline Palace, Fife. He was the second son of King James VI of Scotland who went on to take the thrones of England and Ireland as well in 1603. Described as a sickly and frail infant, when the royal family left for London, Charles … Continue reading Charles I and Silver Medals?

We Are (Academic)Family: Raisin Monday Today!

Raisin Monday is a tradition which endures as much in 2016 as it has done in the past.   Ellen MacDougall, Visitor Services Facilitator at MUSA and PhD student in the School of Classics gives an account of her experiences of being part of an Academic Family at the University of St Andrews.   One of the … Continue reading We Are (Academic)Family: Raisin Monday Today!

Raisin Monday 70s Style

Miriam, a member of MUSA staff, interviews Ashley and Kathleen, two St Andrews alumni about their Raisin Weekend experiences.  Kathleen studied French and German at St Andrews from 1976 to 1980, living in Andrew Melville Hall. Ashley studied Divinity from 1978 to 1982, living in St Salvator’s Hall. Kathleen was Ashley’s academic mother. Today they … Continue reading Raisin Monday 70s Style

Interacting and engaging: The Bridges Collection at MUSA

This month MUSA is hosting a fantastic new interactive exhibition featuring The Bridges Collection of ancient Cypriot artefacts. Donated to the University of St Andrews by Mrs Bridges in 1994 for use as teaching aids in the School of Classics it comprises a wide range of Bronze Age, Iron Age and Byzantine artefacts including bowls, … Continue reading Interacting and engaging: The Bridges Collection at MUSA

Bell Pettigrew Museum Opens (105 years ago!)

On 14th September in 1911 the Bell Pettigrew museum opened in the Bute building as part of the University’s 500th anniversary celebrations.   The museum displays a collection of 13,500 natural history specimens and includes several species which are now extinct, such as the dodo, moa and St Kilda house-mouse. This collection was started by the Literary … Continue reading Bell Pettigrew Museum Opens (105 years ago!)

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?

Robert Fergusson: The Inspiration to Scotland’s Bard!

Throughout his short life of just twenty-four years, Robert Fergusson achieved national literary acclaim, academic success and, most famously, revered admiration from fellow Scottish writer, Robert Burns, who considered Fergusson 'my elder brother in the muse’.       Fergusson was born in 1750 and spent his early childhood in Edinburgh before receiving a bursary … Continue reading Robert Fergusson: The Inspiration to Scotland’s Bard!

New Beginnings!

  As a new cohort of students are preparing to travel to St Andrews this weekend to begin their academic careers we've been reflecting on where it all began!  Six hundred and three years ago this month the University of St Andrews was officially founded.  Here, one of our Visitor Services Facilitators at MUSA, Rebecca … Continue reading New Beginnings!