The Forfar witches. In 1563 the newly created Church of Scotland made it illegal to either be a witch or to consult a witch in an attempt to stamp out pagan practices. This Act of Parliament was not abandoned until 1736. In between 1563 and 1736 is known from documentary evidence that at least 1,500 people were executed for the crime of being a witch..... (more)
Druids and later “witches” were thought to shapeshift into hares for magical work. Because of this belief, according to Julius Cesar (since we all know his works on the Celts are just so very reliable), it was considered taboo amongst the Celts to eat hare in case you were eating someone who was just shifting.
'Witching Time of Night'-Witchcraft was a fact of life not something only a few believed in. If your milk soured a witch's curse was to blame. If your pregnancy miscarried, your elderly female neighbor was behind it, especially if she lived alone and knew how to heal the sick. Witches were hanged in England, burnt in Europe. Suicides were still buried at crossroads to confuse their way back from the land of the dead, stakes were put though their hearts to pin them to the ground.
Celtic Limestone Female Figure, BC 100 to AD 100. A Celtic goddess, perhaps the Welsh deity Modron or the protectress of horses, Epona. She probably once held fruits symbolic of her fecundity and maternity. The Celts believed in a mother Goddess who presided over mortals, and visualised the gods themselves as belonging to and being controlled by a great divine mother. The Celtic goddesses are embedded in the folk memory and perpetuated in the tales and topographical legends of the country.
Joan Wytte, b.1775, d.1813, age 38. She was a witch, renowned for her clairvoyant abilities but in her 20's, developed tooth decay & a painful abscess. It made her aggressive and impatient; she used to shout at her clients. Locals thought she had become posessed by the devil. Was imprisoned for causing grievous bodily harm & found to be of unsound mind. Died of pneumonia; her body was used as a medical specimen; then passed to the Museum of Witchcraft, Cornwall. Remains buried 1998.
In Glen Lyon, the longest glen in Scotland, there is an intriguing oral tradition that Pontius Pilate was born in Fortingall .It's claimed that Pontius Pilate was related to the Scots King, Metallanus, whose royal seat was located on a hill fort called Dun Geal (the White Fort) at Fortingall. At Caesaria in Palestine is to be found an ancient stone slab which is called the Pilate Stone due to a Latin inscription inscribed upon it which appears to read "Hiberieum Pontius Pilatus".
The Bean-Nighe or "Washing Woman" is a type of Banshee who haunts the lonely streams of Scotland and Ireland, washing the blood-stained garments of those about to die. It is said that these spirits are the ghosts of women who died in childbirth and that they are fated to perform their task until the day when they would have normally died.
Headstone at Dryburgh Abbey, near St. Boswells , Scottish Borders, Great Britain. I think I neeeeeed a headstone like this. Me, reading a book. ;) #gbtravel Hashtag for Travel in Great Britian http://www.europealacarte.co.uk/blog/2013/04/18/gbtravel-hashtag-great-britain-travel-tweets/ …"
In Scotland, the Goddess Beira, Queen of Winter, is credited with making numerous mountains and large hills, which are said to have been formed when she was striding across the land and accidentally dropped rocks from her apron. In other cases she is said to have built the mountains intentionally, to serve as her stepping stones. She carries a hammer for shaping the hills and valleys, and is said to be the Mother of all the Goddesses and Gods.
Ghillie Dhu Gille Dubh - A benevolent fairy who was said to haunt a birch grove at the end of Loch Druing near Gairloch. It wore clothes of moss and lichen and had black hair #scottish #scotland #folklore