Prof Roger Mason

Quincentennial Speakers

‘Wishart and St Andrews’

The climactic moments of George Wishart’s career – his trial and execution – took place in St Andrews in 1546. The talk explored the significance of Scotland’s ecclesiastical capital in the religious culture of the time. It also examined the political and international contexts which lent the events of 1546, including the retaliatory assassination of Cardinal David Beaton, immense symbolic significance. Finally, Professor Mason looked at how Wishart’s last days were portrayed in the writings of John Knox and George Buchanan and incorporated into an enduring Protestant narrative.