Emblem of University of St Andrews

St Andrews University is first mentioned in documents of 1410, but its birth is usually assigned to the charter given to Bishop Henry Wardlaw in 1412, endorsed the following year by Pope Benedict XIII.

This was Scotland’s first university and had Warlaw as its Chancellor, while Laurence of Lindores became it’s first Rector and Dean of Arts.

The university, built in Scotland’s ecclesiastical centre, would be expanded in 1450 with the addition of St Salvator’s College, then St Leonard’s College in 1512, and St Mary’s in 1538.