Many books have been written about the great figures in the history of St Andrews, the monarchs, nobles and bishops. But what about the ordinary people, the merchants, tradesmen and priests? What was their work like? What kind of houses did they live in? What did they wear? Mrs Forrest has for years been researching unpublished documents to find answers to such questions as they have affected her own ancestors, the Carstairs family, who have lived in St Andrews since the fifteenth century. So this book is not just a history of the family, but a history of life in St Andrews.