Haunted Castle Of St Andrews
St Andrew’s Castle is a historical ruin located in the coastal Royal Burgh of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. The castle overlooks a small beach called Castle Sands and the adjoining North Sea.
There has been a castle standing at the site since the times of Bishop Roger (1189-1202), son of the Earl of Leicester. It housed the burgh’s wealthy and powerful bishops while St Andrews served as the ecclesiastical centre of Scotland during the years before the Protestant Reformation.
The castle’s grounds are now maintained by Historic Scotland, and are entered through a visitor centre with displays on its history. Some of the best surviving carved fragments from the castle are displayed in the centre, which also has a shop.
Some key moments leading up to the Protestant Reformation in 1560 took place inside the castle walls.
These include the:
- Burning of the Protestant preacher George Wishart
- Murder of the Catholic Cardinal David Beaton
- Great siege of 1546–7, when the church reformer John Knox was one of the garrison
St Andrews Castle suffered significant damage during the Wars of Independence with England (1296–1356). It had to be substantially rebuilt by Bishop Walter Trail (1385–1401).
Cardinal Beaton was murdered in St Andrews Castle and suspended from its walls in 1546. Some say he still haunts the castle environs.
The figure of a woman has also been witnessed near the tower of the castle, carrying a book which is said to be a Bible or one of prayers. She is grey and is said to wear a veil, witnesses only get a fleeting glimpse as she vanishes quickly into the surrounding environment and out of sight.
Also a spirit named the White Lady has been sighted walking along the castle edge and among the surrounding shoreline. These sightings have been during the evening in October mostly.
Then we have the tormented soul of Mr. Patrick Hamilton, after suffering an agonizing six hours before finally dying while he burned at the stake.
Does he also walk the Castle grounds in search for some justice or revenge?
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Sources | Historic Scotland ( Open Government Licence) & Wikipedia (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License)