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

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

January 2018

Cluny Hill in Forres: From the Witches Stone to the Colours of Cluny

2020-10-17T19:23:49+00:00

The Colours of Cluny is a recently established outdoor sound and light show held on Cluny Hill in Grant Park in the picturesque town of Forres in Moray during the late autumn. This event is organised by the Forres Features Community Interest Group and produced by the same producers as the famous Enchanted Forest in [...]

Cluny Hill in Forres: From the Witches Stone to the Colours of Cluny2020-10-17T19:23:49+00:00
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