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Meet our women historians!

Margaret Lambert (1906-1995)

Dr Margaret Lambert (1906-1995) was appointed as Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of St Andrews in 1956. She was the first woman historian at St Andrews to have been hired directly as a lecturer,…

Ruth Macrides (1949-2019)

The esteemed Byzantine historian Dr Ruth Macrides spent around twenty years in a series of temporary teaching roles in the Department of Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews, teaching a wide range of…

Elizabeth Peddie Steele Hutton MA (1866-1917)

While wandering along the West Sands or over the Links at the turn of the twentieth century, a walker may have come across a student of history and, latterly, divinity gazing out towards the St Andrews skyline. This…

Head shot of woman with white/blonde bobbed hair and glasses

Vanessa Harding

Vanessa Harding knew nothing about St Andrews until she arrived on the sleeper at the start of term in autumn 1970.  ‘It looked like a nice place to be, and I knew people who were there.  It’s the kind of decision you…

Jane Dawson

Jane Dawson arrived at the University of St Andrews in 1977, and she remembers that her arrival caused something of a stir.  Not only was she the first Glenfiddich Fellow in Scottish History, set up through money…

Lorna Walker in pink jacket

Lorna Walker (1929-2023)

Lorna Walker studied History at St Andrews in the late 1940s, and returned in the 1960s as a lecturer in Medieval History and Warden of University Hall. She retired in 1991, and lived in St Andrews until her death in…

Printed list with details of Janet Low's appointment as substitute lecturer

Janet Low (d.1962)

As far as we know, the first woman to teach History formally within the University was Janet Low. She was one of several people, men and women, appointed during the First World War as ‘Temporary Lecturers and…