Friday, 20 June 2014

What do Golf, Religion, Education and Royal Romance have in Common?

St Andrews, Links Golf Course
         For most of this week the sun has been shining, with temperatures reaching heights that we in Scotland normally associate with overseas. So, I decided to make the most of the good weather and I made 120 mile round trip to St Andrews, Fife.

Golf Course, Club House to the right

       Many of you will have heard of this wonderful city, famous worldwide for its challenging links golf course; the course where Jack Nicklaus, sank a putt on the 18th hole in the 2005, British Open,

St Andrews University
    But, in more recent years its university which was founded in 1413, has shot to fame because it's where Prince William and Kate first set eyes on each other, fell in love and there meeting will now have its place in history.

In the campus of the university

     The city, in medieval times found itself playing a decisive role in the Scottish Reformation.  Both Protestant Preacher George Wishart and Cardinal Beaton, the last Catholic Cardinal prior to the Reformation were casualties in a  bloody conflict between Catholics and Protestants, that saw Scotland break away from the Catholic Church.

St Salvator's College Chapel (university chapel)
     George being burnt at the stake in the Sea Tower of St Andrews Castle and the Cardinal assassinated in the castle, in revenge for the death of George.  
Plaque Commemorating George Wishart
    However, on Tuesday there were no championship games, sizzling romances, or battles to be had; only gorgeous weather and beautiful scenery.

St Andrews Castle


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