University founder commemorated

Statue of Bishop Wardlaw with the papal bull in his right hand, as on the day in 1414 when the papal bull of confirmation of his foundation arrived in St. Andrews.

Statue of Bishop Wardlaw with the papal bull in his right hand, as on the day in 1414 when the papal bull of confirmation of his foundation arrived in St. Andrews.

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Professor Ian Carradice, director of the university museums, unveiled a significant addition to the Museum of the University of St. Andrews on the Scores last Friday.

A project is now under way to erect a statue of Bishop Henry Wardlaw, who granted the university its original Charter in 1412, and the museum has acquired the model of Alan Herriot’s entry for the design competition. Though it was the runner-up, Dr Barbara Crawford, director of the Strathmartine Trust, said that Mr Herriot’s model was so “impressive and evocative” that it deserved to be acquired for the university.

The winning design is by Kilmany sculptor David Annand and, if £60,000 can be raised, the life-size statue will be placed in the university grounds. So far, the appeal – not part of the university’s official anniversary appeal, but administered by the Strathmartine Trust – has raised £20,000, and the Trust welcomes any contributions, large or small. Cheques may be made out to “The Strathmartine Trust Wardlaw Statue Appeal” and addressed to the Director, Strathmartine Trust, 2 Kinburn Place, St. Andrews, KY16 9DT.