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Engraving by John Slezer 1718 of St Andrews Castle. Copied from 'Theatrum Scotiae'. insc. 'Rudera Arcis Sancti Andreae. The Ruins of the Castle of St. Andrews. This plate following Prospect of the C ...

SC 370917

Description Engraving by John Slezer 1718 of St Andrews Castle. Copied from 'Theatrum Scotiae'. insc. 'Rudera Arcis Sancti Andreae. The Ruins of the Castle of St. Andrews. This plate following Prospect of the City of St. Andrews is most humbly inscribed to the Right Hon. John Earl of Rothess and Lord Vice Admiral of Britain and Govenour of Stirling Castle.'

Date c. 1718

Catalogue Number SC 370917

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of FID 144/16 P

Scope and Content 1718 print of St Andrews Castle, Fife St Andrews Castle, the seat of the bishop of St Andrews, was destroyed during the Wars of Independence and rebuilt in its present form by Bishop Traill (1385-1401). It was besieged in 1546-7 after Protestants assassinated Cardinal Beaton. This shows the castle in 1718, when it was little more than a quarry for building stone. The fore tower and south west façade (left), rebuilt after the siege, are intact. The east façade (right), virtually destroyed in 1547, is crumbling into the sea. In 1546, Cardinal Beaton burned Wishart, the protestant preacher, outside St Andrews Castle. He was then killed by protestant activists who seized the castle and, with their supporters including John Knox, held it until overcome by French forces in 1547. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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