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    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)

    Witch hunts

    The reign of Henry VIII saw the first law against Witchcraft created. The Witchcraft Act of 1541 was the first to define witchcraft as a felony, a crime punishable by death and the forfeiture of the convicted felon’s goods and chattels.

    Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland, Daughter of Henry VII, Sister of Henry VIII

    The European Witch Hunts Suspects were weighed because it was thought that witches had little or no weight.

    Marjorie Bruce, Princess of Scotland - Wife of Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland and daughter of Robert I 'the Bruce'.

    External chimney with 'witch seats', Wharfe, North Yorkshire. Artist: Dorothy Burrows. Ledges on the chimneys so the witches will sit outside and not come down the chimney. So interesting!

    Bridget Bishop: The first person executed for Witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials, June 10, 1692

    James V, King of Scotland, father of Mary, Queen of Scots, son of Margaret Tudor

    family tree of mary queen of scots, c.1603

    A statue of Alice Nutter, one of the accused and hanged Pendle Witches. The trials of the Pendle witches in 1612 are among the most famous witch trials in English history, and some of the best recorded of the 17th century. The twelve accused lived in the area around Pendle Hill in Lancashire, and were charged with the murders of ten people by the use of witchcraft.

    James V, King of Scotland, Son of Margaret Tudor, father of Mary, Queen of Scots, nephew of Henry VIII

    The Bell Witch Cave - The Legend of the Bell Witch is probably the most well verified haunting in the history of the USA. Even U.S. President Andrew Jackson experienced this entity in person. Said after the encounter - he would rather fight the entire British Army than fight the Bell Witch! (Adams, Tennessee)

    '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.

    The Inchbraoch Stone, a Pictish picture stone - Scotland

    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.

    The Picts, early inhabitants of Scotland. Pict actually means "painted people". "Pict" was the name of the people who lived in Scotland before the Scots invaded from Ireland, that's right the tribe known as the Scots are Irish. The two lived together and gradually merged until the picts disappeared as a distinct people.

    Margaret of Denmark (1456 - 1486). Queen of Scotland from 1469 to her death in 1486. She married James III and had three sons.

    Pictish carvings, Scotland -- photo by Jessica Spengler.

    Matilda (Edith) of Scotland (1080 - 1118). First wife of Henry I of England. Queen from 1100 - 1118. Mother of Empress Matilda.

    Witch Stone, Forres, Scotland ~ Local lore says that this stone is actually the broken remains of a witch executed here centuries ago, for foretelling the death of King Duncan. She was rolled down a steep hill (you can't see it, but it's behind the stone and back a bit) in a barrel full of nails and this is where her body landed. There were 2 more witches also executed this way, but I am not sure where their stones/bodies are today.