St Andrews Information



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The visitor's welcome to St Andrews.

St Andrews is a fascinating town. This site is a pictorial celebration of the town, its history and its buildings.

It is variously described as a town, a Royal Burgh and as a city. The religious and commercial importance that it had in the past gave it the status of a medieval city. Its status as a burgh began in the 12th century and it was confirmed as a Royal Burgh in 1620 by King James VI.

  St Andrews is one of the most ancient of Scottish towns and the University is the oldest in Scotland. It is well known as the Home of Golf and the R & A golf club building is located next to the renowned Old Course. Several museums display different aspects of the history of the town.

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Many references have been used to provide inspiration for this site including books, pamphlets and other web sites which specialise in different aspects of St Andrews. A few are listed here.


The Carved Stones of St Andrews
Mary M Innes 1992
St Andrews University Library
ISBN 0 900897 10 4

St Andrews Standard Guide
Dr Hay Fleming
Various editions 1937 - 1980
J & G Innes Ltd.

Building for a New Age
John Frew Ed.
Crawford Centre for the Arts
ISBN 0 906272 12 12

Shadows of St Andrews Past
David W Lyle 1989
John Donald Publishers
ISBN 0 85976 280 7

Images of St Andrews Past
David W Lyle 1998
John Donald Publishers
ISBN 0 95321 140 1

St Andrews in Old Picture Postcards
Eric Simpson 2001
European Library
ISBN 90 288 6668 x

A Guide to Commemorative Plaques
in St Andrews
University of St Andrews 1993
J F Allen

A Guided Walk round St Andrews
John M Pearson 1990
Levenmouth Printers
ISBN 0 9519134 9 2

St Andrews -
The Preservation Trust Handbook
R G Cant Ed.
St Andrews Preservation Trust

Three Decades of Historical Notes
Mary M Innes & Joan A Whelan 1991
St Andrews Preservation Trust
ISBN 0 9502079 1 8

Scotland in Old Photographs -
St Andrews
Raymond Lamont Brown 1996
Allan Sutton Publishing
ISBN 0 7509 1145 x

St Andrews - City of Change
Peter Adamson & R. Lamont-Brown 1984
Alvie Publications
ISBN 0 9506200 8 4

Graves of the Golfing Greats
J K McCartney 1994
St Andrews Golf Pilgrim Guides

About St Andrews and about
J K Robertson 1973
Citizen Office St Andrews

St Andrews
Russell Kirk 1954
B T Batsford Ltd

St Andrews
Andrew Lang 1951
W C Henderson & Son

St Andrews & Fife Walks
Campbell Brown & Steven Wiggins 1992
B&W Publishing
ISBN 0 9515151 2 8

Discovering Old St Andrews
Saint Andrew Society of St Andrews

A Sense of Place -
Discovering St Andrews
St Andrews Preservation Trust
St Andrews Week 2003
St Andrews
Its Character and Tradition
St Andrews Preservation Trust
Historic St Andrews & its University
John Read, F.R.S. 1945
The City and University
of St Andrew
A Quincentenary Handbook
James Maitland Anderson 1911
The Knights of St John
with other mediaeval institutions
and their buildings
in St Andrews
David Henry F.S.A.Scot. 1912
Old St Andrews
St Andrews Preservation Trust
Various editions 1943-45

St Andrews Pilgrim Foundation

St Andrews University
Special Collections

St Andrews Links Trust