Patrick Hamilton was born in Glasgow to Sir Patrick Hamilton of Kincavil and Catherine Stewart, daughter of Alexander, Duke of Albany, second son of James II of Scotland. He was an influential abbot in St Andrews who, after travelling to Paris, returned to Scotland to preach the reformist teachings of Martin Luther. Because these teachings were heretical at the time, he was sentenced to death in 1528 and was burnt at the stake outside St Salvator’s chapel and the University of St Andrews Quadrangle. The fire burned for an agonizing six hours. During this time, legend has it that Hamilton unleashed a curse on the future students of St Andrews who set foot in the place where he burned. His initials were later set in stone in honor of his martyrdom. The first thing any St Andrews student learns is to not step on the “PH” set in stone outside the busy entrance to St Salvator’s Quad. A misstep could result in failing exams or, if a final year student, the loss of your entire degree. Our “PH” was designed and hand-placed by the landlady of the pub, Jennifer, who studied at the University of St Andrews and never once stepped on the cursed stones.