March 2020

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

2020-03-01T16:29:31+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 Castle2020-03-01T16:29:31+00:00

November 2019

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

2019-11-28T19:50:08+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 Spectres2019-11-28T19:50:08+00:00

October 2019

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

2019-10-15T18:42:01+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 Key2019-10-15T18:42:01+00:00

March 2019

The Wraith of Rizzio Roams the Recesses of Holyrood Palace

2019-03-11T14:01:49+00:00

As evening descended on Holyrood Palace, 9th Match 1566, a band of assassins burst into the chambers of the heavily pregnant Mary Queen of Scots and, before her eyes, brutally murdered David Rizzio, her secretary. His blood still stains the floor where he was slain, and his ghost is said to haunt the 16th Century [...]

The Wraith of Rizzio Roams the Recesses of Holyrood Palace2019-03-11T14:01:49+00:00