About Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 (RWH1697) is a SCIO (charity) formed in 2012. We help bring to life the events of 1696/7 where an 11-year-old girl Christian Shaw accused 35 people of witchcraft. 7 of these local citizens were tortured, harangued and eventually put to their deaths.

Now that we are re-opened, we will be looking for active volunteers to help us staff the Hub, take-part in re-enactments and drama’s, help with our on-going research into the main characters in the story and help-out with events and walks.

Our role is to commemorate through the arts and culture-developing a memorial garden at the Gallow Green (site of the executions) in the west end of Paisley, walking tours a digital app and other activities best suited to our cause.

RWH1697 is proud to be affiliated to the #witchesofscotland campaign to gain a Scottish Government pardon for those innocent victims of superstition and manipulative human nature.

An apology was given by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon on March 8th, 2022.


On 24th May, 2022, the Church of Scotland acknowledged and expressed regret for the part it had played in the persecution and often execution of those accused under the Witchcraft Act.

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 is a Membership based Charity, and operates as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation No. SC043647. Our Board of Trustees is comprised of members from diverse backgrounds.

To help support the ongoing work of RWH 1697 we are looking for new Charity Trustees to join our Board. We want to hear from enthusiastic people who would like to be members of this exciting and worthwhile project and who are willing to stand for election as Charity Trustees.

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