Old Photograph Subterranean Passage Castle St Andrews Fife Scotland


Old photograph of a subterranean passage under the Castle in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. The castle was for centuries, the residence of Scotland’s most powerful churchmen. Some of its remarkable secrets are hewn into the rock beneath its battlements including the underground mine and countermine, dug during the brutal siege of 1546. The Siege of St Andrews Castle followed the killing of Cardinal David Beaton by a group of Protestants at St Andrews Castle. They remained in the castle and were besieged by the Governor of Scotland, Regent Arran. However, over 18 months the Scottish besieging forces made little impact, and the Castle finally surrendered to a French naval force after artillery bombardment. The Protestant garrison, including the preacher John Knox were taken to France and used as galley slaves.



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