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

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

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

September 2018

The Burning Times: The Scottish Witch Trials

2020-10-16T19:39:34+00:00

Between 1563 and 1763 Scotland was a country in flux and the resulting paranoia fueled the Scottish Witch Trials. Belief in witchcraft was common during the Middle Ages, but the leaders of the Catholic church were largely skeptical, seeing it as folklore rather than something sinister. Lawyers were only interested in cases were harm [...]

The Burning Times: The Scottish Witch Trials2020-10-16T19:39:34+00:00
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