Berry, Alexander


Student United College 1796-1797 Lat. Jun.; Gk. Jun. 1797-1798 Lat. Prov.; Gk. Prov. Log. (Ternar)


Born 30.11.1781 eldest son of James Berry, tenant, Hilltarvit and Isabel Tod. [Farmer]


Also at Edinburgh University - medical student 1798 - 1801. L.R.C.S.E. 5.5.1801.

Became a ship’s surgeon, but soon gave up medicine and emigrated to Australia, where he amassed a large fortune. [Doctor]

Member of legislative council, New South Wales 1829 - . Member of upper house 1856 - 1861.


Died Sydney [Australia] 17.9.1873.

His brother David bequeathed £100,000 to St Andrews University in implementation of his wishes. [This legacy was used to establish the University's Berry Chair of English Literature.]


  • F. Boase, Modern English Biography...1851-1900. 6v. (Truro, 1892-1921)
  • Alumnus Chronicle 42 p5 - 12
  • Reminiscences published in St Andrews Citizen, Fife Herald and Fife News
  • Dict. Aust. Biog.
  • St AUL MSS
  • St Andrews Citizen 16.11.1889 - report of bequest and family details
  • Alexander Berry in Wikipedia.