500th Anniversary of the Reformation

500th Anniversary of the Reformation

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther beginning the Reformation in Europe. Why not come to Scotland to see how the Reformation affected Scotland?

We can take you to visit the locations where many were martyred for their faith and where great events happened that would not only change the church here but have a huge effect on may other countries too. One of the places we visit is to the site of the martyrdom of a young man called Patrick Hamilton. He was the first to bring Martin Luther’s teachings back to Scotland. Once here, his preaching brought him under the suspicion of the catholic authorities. He was arrested, taken to St Andrew’s and tried as a heretic and sentenced by Archbishop Beaton to be burnt at the stake on 28th Feb 1528. His agonising death took over 6 hours because the wood around the stake was wet. His brave stand against the catholic church in Scotland however was an act which ignited the flames of Reformation in our land. As one of Beaton’s men told him after Patrick’s execution that if he was to kill any more Protestants he should do it in the cellars because the “reek of Master Patrick Hamilton has infected as many as it blew upon”.

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