January 2021

The Burning Times: The Scottish Witch Trials

2021-01-12T16:52:40+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 Trials2021-01-12T16:52:40+00:00

October 2020

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

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

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

March 2018

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Janet Horne–The Burning of the Last Witch in Scotland

2020-10-16T20:26:34+00:00

At Spooky Scotland we were very excited to get the following article published in The Spooky Isles, a website with a large following. You can also read our article at Janet Horne, The Burning of the Last Witch in Scotland. Ignorance and fear make dangerous bed fellows! In the wake of the Protestant Reformation, a frenzied [...]

Haunted Scottish Highlands: Janet Horne–The Burning of the Last Witch in Scotland2020-10-16T20:26:34+00:00
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