Rector of the University of St Andrews

Rector of the University of St Andrews

The Lord Rector of the University of St Andrews is chosen every three years by the students of the University of St Andrews. Seldom referred to as Lord Rector, he is more commonly known simply as the Rector, the office having been created by the Parliament of the United Kingdom when it passed the Universities (Scotland) Act 1858, which provided for the election of a Rector at all of the universities in existence at the time in Scotland. To this day it is only the four ancient universities of Scotland: University of St Andrews; University of Glasgow; University of Aberdeen; University of Edinburgh; as well as University of Dundee which elect a rector, whereas modern universities do not.

List of Rectors

*1859-1862 Sir Ralph Anstruther
*1862-1865 William Stirling-Maxwell
*1865-1868 John Stuart Mill
*1868-1871 James Anthony Froude
*1872-1874 Charles Neaves
*1874-1877 Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
*1877-1880 Roundell Palmer, 1st Earl of Selborne
*1880-1883 Sir Theodore Martin
*1884-1886 Donald Mackay, 11th Lord Reay
*1886-1889 Arthur Balfour
*1889-1892 Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava
*1892-1898 John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute
*1898-1901 James Stuart
*1901-1907 Andrew Carnegie
*1907-1910 John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury
*1910-1913 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery
*1913-1916 John Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair
*1916-1919 Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig
*1919-1922 Sir J. M. Barrie
*1922-1925 Rudyard Kipling
*1925-1928 Fridtjof Nansen
*1928-1931 Sir Wilfred Grenfell
*1931-1934 Field Marshal Jan Smuts
*1934-1937 Guglielmo Marconi
*1937-1938 Robert MacGregor Mitchell
*1938-1946 Sir David Munro
*1946-1949 Sir George Cunningham
*1949-1952 David Cecil, Lord Burghley
*1952-1955 David Lindsay, 28th Earl of Crawford
*1955-1958 David Maxwell Fyfe, 1st Viscount Kilmuir
*1958-1961 Robert Boothby, Baron Boothby
*1961-1964 C. P. Snow
*1964-1967 Sir John Rothenstein
*1967-1970 Sir Learie Constantine (from 1969 Baron Constantine)
*1970-1973 John Cleese
*1973-1976 Alan Coren
*1976-1979 Frank Muir
*1979-1982 Tim Brooke-Taylor
*1982-1985 Katharine Whitehorn
*1985-1988 Stanley Adams
*1988-1991 Nicholas Parsons
*1991-1993 Nicholas Campbell
*1993-1999 Donald Findlay
*1999-2002 Andrew Neil
*2002-2005 Sir Clement Freud
*2005- Present Simon Pepper


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