October 2020

King James VI and The North Berwick Witch Trials

2020-10-21T20:44:32+00:00

The events which led to the North Berwick Witch Trials began, not in Scotland, but at the other side of the North Sea. It all began on the 22nd October when James VI, King of Scots set sail for Norway to collect his bride, Anne of Denmark. The Scottish King got caught up in [...]

King James VI and The North Berwick Witch Trials2020-10-21T20:44:32+00:00

March 2019

The Wraith of Rizzio Roams the Recesses of Holyrood Palace

2020-10-16T18:08:24+00:00

As evening descended on Holyrood Palace, 9th Match 1566, a band of assassins burst into the chambers of the heavily pregnant Mary Queen of Scots and, before her eyes, brutally murdered David Rizzio, her secretary. His blood still stains the floor where he was slain, and his ghost is said to haunt the 16th Century [...]

The Wraith of Rizzio Roams the Recesses of Holyrood Palace2020-10-16T18:08:24+00:00

September 2018

The Burning Times: The Scottish Witch Trials

2020-10-16T19:39:34+00:00

Between 1563 and 1763 Scotland was a country in flux and the resulting paranoia fueled the Scottish Witch Trials. Belief in witchcraft was common during the Middle Ages, but the leaders of the Catholic church were largely skeptical, seeing it as folklore rather than something sinister. Lawyers were only interested in cases were harm [...]

The Burning Times: The Scottish Witch Trials2020-10-16T19:39:34+00:00
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