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

The Lore of the Scottish Rowan Tree

2020-10-21T20:41:48+00:00

The rowan tree has a special place in the hearts of the Scottish people. It was once worshipped by the Druids, planted near the doorways of homes as a protection from witches, used as part of the rituals in quarter-day celebrations and features prominently in Scottish folklore. Perhaps the most famous is the tale of [...]

The Lore of the Scottish Rowan Tree2020-10-21T20:41:48+00:00

July 2020

Janet Douglas: Witch, Poisoner or the Grey Lady of Glamis?

2020-10-15T17:54:16+00:00

As Janet Douglas, Lady Glamis was led towards the waiting pyre on that fateful day on July 17th, 1537, her eyes must have fallen upon one in the gathered crowd. Her young son, John Lyon, 7th Lord of Glamis, stood between his captors. Perhaps he called to his mother. Perhaps he hung his head in [...]

Janet Douglas: Witch, Poisoner or the Grey Lady of Glamis?2020-10-15T17:54:16+00:00

June 2020

Calanais: The Sun, The Moon, The Goddess and The Stones

2020-10-15T18:05:34+00:00

Many people visit the Calanais Stones, on the Isle of Lewis at sunrise on the Summer solstice. They have heard a legend about the arrival of the ‘Shining One’ and go there in the hope of catching a glimpse of this being. But what is the story behind the myth and why are the Calanais [...]

Calanais: The Sun, The Moon, The Goddess and The Stones2020-10-15T18:05:34+00:00

March 2020

Spooky Scotland’s Guide to the Scotland’s Haunted Highlands and Islands

2020-10-15T19:37:35+00:00

Perhaps nowhere in the world has as many tales of hauntings as Scotland's Haunted Highlands. The Landscape and Scotland's Haunted Highlands There is a haunting quality to the Highlands of Scotland which conjure up images of kilted clansmen appearing out of the mist. The ruins of abandoned cottages are remnants of a way of life [...]

Spooky Scotland’s Guide to the Scotland’s Haunted Highlands and Islands2020-10-15T19:37:35+00:00

October 2019

The Minister, The Witch and The Witch Pricker: The Tragic Tale of Kathrin Key

2020-10-16T19:31:09+00:00

Witch! This was perhaps the most fearsome word encountered by Kathrin Key, resident of the small fishing town of Newburgh in Fife. Witches were powerful. They could curse and cure, make cattle sick, kill children and fly broomsticks. Their magical abilities came from the devil. Satan! Auld Nick! In order to gain that power, they [...]

The Minister, The Witch and The Witch Pricker: The Tragic Tale of Kathrin Key2020-10-16T19:31:09+00:00

August 2019

Isobel Gowdie: A Witch Trial Extraordinaire in Auldearn, Scotland

2020-10-16T17:46:14+00:00

Isobel Gowdie was a difficult assignment for us. Spooky Scotland has taken us to many haunted destinations. However, it seems that we pass through Auldearn on a regular occurrence to get to many other spooky sites: Cawdor Castle, Rait Castle, the Clava Cairns and Culloden Moor to name a few. On the surface, Auldearn appears [...]

Isobel Gowdie: A Witch Trial Extraordinaire in Auldearn, Scotland2020-10-16T17:46:14+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

July 2018

The Brahan Seer: Scotland’s Nostradumus

2020-10-16T19:52:00+00:00

The crowds gathered at Chanonry Point, a spit of land which extends into the Moray Firth, between the Black Isle towns of Fortrose and Rosemarkie. The curse proclaiming the downfall of the house of Seaforth was still ringing in their ears. Isabella, Countess of Seaforth, was undeterred. She would have her revenge upon the man [...]

The Brahan Seer: Scotland’s Nostradumus2020-10-16T19:52:00+00:00

June 2018

Christian Caddell: Scotland’s Female Witch-pricker

2020-10-16T19:57:28+00:00

No doubt a muffled sound rippled through the crowd before the onlookers fell silent. The witch-pricker stepped forward, ready to ply his trade on the accused. Transfixed, the crowd stared in ghoulish horror as the man began to shave his next victim. Perhaps the whole affair discomforted some of the gathered rabble. It was often [...]

Christian Caddell: Scotland’s Female Witch-pricker2020-10-16T19:57:28+00:00
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