Hidden Gems in St Andrews

Focusing on Features that are in Plain Sight, though often Overlooked

by Arlen Pardoe

In heraldry a shield contains a coat of arms representing the identity of the bearer. Earlier articles have displayed the arms of John Hepburn. A selection of other arms is presented here, denoting the person, or the family, to which the arms relate.

Bishop James Kennedy

James Kennedy succeeded Henry Wardlaw as Bishop of St Andrews in 1440. He founded St Salvator’s College in 1450. His tomb is in St Salvator’s Chapel. It was badly damaged both during the Reformation, and when the roof of the chapel was taken down in the 18th century.

United College St Salvator’s Chapel St Salvator’s Tower St Salvator’s chapel door


Prior James Haldenstane

James Haldenstane was the first Professor and Dean of Theology in the University. He was appointed Prior of St Andrews in 1417.

The Pends The Roundel


Moneypenny of Pitmilly

In 1211 Thomas, Prior of St Andrews, granted a charter of the lands of Pitmilly (east of Kingsbarns) to Richard Monipennie.

South Street


George Martine

George Martine lived in South Court. He was a lawyer, commissary clerk of St Andrews, and author of the first history of the Archbishopric.

South Street


Balfour of Montquhanie

Montquhanie is in the parish of Kilmany. It was the seat of Sir Michael Balfour. His son James was a friend of John Knox, and they were both imprisoned on French galleys in 1548

South Street


Bishop Wardlaw

Henry Wardlaw was consecrated as Bishop of St Andrews in 1403. He founded the University in 1411. A bronze statue representing him was placed in St Mary’s in 2013.

St Mary’s


Archbishop John Hamilton

John Hamilton was made Archbishop of St Andrews in 1546. He completed and endowed St Mary’s College. He baptised James VI in 1566. He was hanged in Stirling in 1571 for ‘art and part’ in the assassination of the Regent of Scotland, and Lord Darnley.

St Mary’s
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