Amberley Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN: 9781445661865
RRP: £14.99
PUBLICATION DATE: September 15, 2016


Secret St Andrews

By (author) Gregor Stewart

Although known worldwide as the Home of Golf, St Andrews was also the ecclesiastical powerhouse in Scotland for centuries prior to the reformation. Author Gregor Stewart takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the town’s past, unearthing tales of double crossing and infighting and introducing the reader to the nefarious characters who were jostling for power. He reveals connections between St Andrews and the Knights of St John, who owned buildings in the town, and James Gregory, who laid a meridian line from his laboratory in the town that pre-dates Greenwich by 200 years and is now widely credited as the ‘place where time began’. The book also explores the macabre: St Andrews was a centre for execution, using an early version of the Guillotine, and there are descriptions of some horrific executions of those accused of witchcraft and heresy. Secret St Andrews delves beneath the surface of this attractive university town, revealing a lesser-known and less savoury past that even most local people don’t know.

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