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  Explore a castle caught in the Protestant Reformation struggle for hearts and minds. St Andrews Castle was a bishop’s palace, a fortress and a state prison during its 450-year history. If you're brave descend into the castle's unique underground mine and countermine to get a sense of medieval siege warfare. Or peer into the bottle dungeon, which was one of medieval Britain's most infamous castle prisons. Protestant preacher George Wishart may have been imprisoned in the castle’s bottle dungeon. Cardinal Beaton’s murdered body was certainly kept in the dank and airless hole. The assassination sparked the brutal siege of 1546–47, when opposing sides dug the remarkable mine and countermine into the rock close to the castle battlements. 

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