October 2020

King James VI and The North Berwick Witch Trials

2020-10-21T20:44:32+00:00

The events which led to the North Berwick Witch Trials began, not in Scotland, but at the other side of the North Sea. It all began on the 22nd October when James VI, King of Scots set sail for Norway to collect his bride, Anne of Denmark. The Scottish King got caught up in [...]

King James VI and The North Berwick Witch Trials2020-10-21T20:44:32+00:00

May 2020

Cardinal Beaton: The Haunted Realm and Restless Spirits of Two Lovers Seperated in Death

2020-10-15T19:00:58+00:00

Cardinal Beaton was a man of many properties, during his lifetime. Many of these were acquired due to his position in the church. However, these were dangerous times to be lining your pocket with your parishioners’ silver. After all, the Reformation was a powder keg waiting to explode in Scotland. His own actions were to [...]

Cardinal Beaton: The Haunted Realm and Restless Spirits of Two Lovers Seperated in Death2020-10-15T19:00:58+00:00

March 2020

The Deaths of George Wishart and Cardinal Beaton: Martyrdom and Murder at St Andrews Castle

2020-10-15T19:46:55+00:00

The martyrdom of George Wishart at St Andrews on the 1st of March 1546 has a déjà vu feel to it. Only eighteen years prior to this, Patrick Hamilton had a similar fate at the hands of a Catholic Beaton in the town, once said to hold the relics of Scotland’s Patron Saint. George Wishart [...]

The Deaths of George Wishart and Cardinal Beaton: Martyrdom and Murder at St Andrews Castle2020-10-15T19:46:55+00:00

February 2020

The Curse of Patrick Hamilton

2020-10-15T20:16:15+00:00

Patrick Hamilton was only 24 years old on that fateful day in 1528. A tempest was raging through the streets of St Andrews, home to Scotland’s oldest university and once the resting place of the bones of Scotland’s patron saint. Another storm was raging in the hearts of the Scottish people. The flames which consumed [...]

The Curse of Patrick Hamilton2020-10-15T20:16:15+00:00

November 2019

Haunted Saint Andrews Cathedral: Saint Andrews Cathedral and the Chamber of Corpses: From Friendly Friars to Sinister Spectres

2020-10-16T17:09:30+00:00

Few places in the world can claim to have as many restless spirits as haunted Saint Andrews Cathedral. From Medieval times, Scotland has celebrated the Feast Day of its Patron Saint, Saint Andrew, on the 30th November. According to legend, some of Saint Andrew’s bones were carried across the ocean by a Greek monk named [...]

Haunted Saint Andrews Cathedral: Saint Andrews Cathedral and the Chamber of Corpses: From Friendly Friars to Sinister Spectres2020-10-16T17:09:30+00:00

October 2019

The Minister, The Witch and The Witch Pricker: The Tragic Tale of Kathrin Key

2020-10-16T19:31:09+00:00

Witch! This was perhaps the most fearsome word encountered by Kathrin Key, resident of the small fishing town of Newburgh in Fife. Witches were powerful. They could curse and cure, make cattle sick, kill children and fly broomsticks. Their magical abilities came from the devil. Satan! Auld Nick! In order to gain that power, they [...]

The Minister, The Witch and The Witch Pricker: The Tragic Tale of Kathrin Key2020-10-16T19:31:09+00:00

June 2018

Christian Caddell: Scotland’s Female Witch-pricker

2020-10-16T19:57:28+00:00

No doubt a muffled sound rippled through the crowd before the onlookers fell silent. The witch-pricker stepped forward, ready to ply his trade on the accused. Transfixed, the crowd stared in ghoulish horror as the man began to shave his next victim. Perhaps the whole affair discomforted some of the gathered rabble. It was often [...]

Christian Caddell: Scotland’s Female Witch-pricker2020-10-16T19:57:28+00:00

January 2018

Scottish Graveyards: From a Multi-purpose Commodity to a Dying World

2020-10-17T19:22:12+00:00

Down through the ages, Scottish graveyards or kirkyards have had a variety of uses other than laying our dear departed to rest. This includes the following: being used as market places, being used as prisons, wapinschaw, weapons practice, feeding grounds for animals and inspiration for writers such as Charles Dickens and J K Rowling. [...]

Scottish Graveyards: From a Multi-purpose Commodity to a Dying World2020-10-17T19:22:12+00:00
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