The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

University archive reveals colourful characters


Fraudsters, forgers, thieves and body snatchers – a new archive has revealed the scoundrels who studied at Scotland’s first university.

Founded in 1413, St Andrews University has educated royalty, politician­s, church leaders and athletes.

Celebrated alumi include Prince William, his wife Kate, and former First Minister Alex Salmond.

The university has created a searchable database which gives an insight into some of the ne’er-do-wells who were there between the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Biographic­al Register holds details of almost 12,000 students and staff, including three body-snatchers

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