Witch hunts in Scotland: after being hunted down and killed, the victims in the process of rehabilitation

“Between the 16th and 18th centuries in Scotland, around 4,000 people were accused of witchcraft. 84% were women,” says Claire Mitchell, a 50-year-old lawyer. In total, more than 2,500 people were executed for witchcraft, mostly strangled and then burned, after confessions extracted under torture. “They were kept from sleeping for days […] and they confessed … Read more

Victims of witch hunts between the 16th and 18th centuries soon to be officially exonerated in Scotland

Victims of witch hunts between the 16th and 18th centuries

Nine women are burned for witchcraft on a riverbank in Dumfries, Scotland (April 13, 1659). MARY EVANS PICTURE LIBRARY / PHOTONONSTOP EThey were accused of spoiling the crops, of changing into animals to commit their misdeeds, even of dancing with the devil. In Europe, between the sixteenthand and the XVIIIand century, thousands of women and, … Read more

Scotland could pardon nearly 3,000 ‘witches’ executed between 16th and 18th centuries

A bill supported by the majority MPs in the Scottish Parliament should come back this summer on the conviction for witchcraft of thousands of individuals. including a large majority of women. There was fire. Almost three centuries after the death of the last “witch” in the United Kingdom, the Scottish Parliament could pardon some 2,600 … Read more