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  • Robert Semple

    A Kilbarchan Man and the Bargarran Witches of 1697 In the last decade of the 19th century an old weaver in Kilbarchan was heard to say,‘I knew a man who knew a man who saw the last witch burnt in Paisley’.He was referring to a man who witnessed the burning of the Bargarran Witches in […]

  • Thomas Aikenhead:A Scottish Martyr.

    Thomas Aikenhead (bapt. 28th March 1676. executed. 8th January 1697) was a Scottish student from Edinburgh, who was prosecuted and executed at the age of twenty on a charge of blasphemy under the Act Against Blasphemy 1661 and Act Against Blasphemy 1695. He was the last person in Great Britain to be executed for blasphemy. […]

  • Memorial Event at the Gallow Green.

    On March 8th, 2020,  International Women’s Day, Witches of Scotland group launched a campaign asking the Scottish Parliament to pardon and memorialise those innocents who were accused and persecuted under the Witchcraft Act. A petition was submitted to the Scottish Government bearing the signatures of more than 3,400 supporters a year later. On International Women’s […]

  • James VI and the North Berwick Witch Trials.

    The North Berwick witch trials in 1590 involved a number of people from East Lothian, Scotland. They ran for two years, and implicated over seventy people. These included Francis Stewart, 5th Earl of Bothwell. The “witches” were alleged to have held their covens on the Auld Kirk Green, part of the modern-day North Berwick Harbour […]

  • Daemonologie

    Daemonologie—or to give its full title,  Daemonologie, In Forme of a Dialogue, Divided into three Books: By the High and Mighty Prince, James VI. First published in 1597 by King James VI of Scotland (later also James I of England) as a philosophical essay on contemporary necromancy and the historical relationships between the various methods […]

  • The Witches of Bargarran

    The Paisley witches, also known as the Bargarran witches or the Renfrewshire witches, were tried in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, in 1697. Eleven-year-old Christian Shaw, daughter of the Laird of Bargarran, near Erskine, complained of being tormented by local witches; they included one of her family’s servants, Catherine Campbell. On 17 August 1696, 11-year-old Christian Shaw, […]

  • Bargarran Thread

    We next meet Christian Shaw in 1719 when she married the Rev John Millar,  Minister of Kilmaurs about 1719. Not a lot is known about this marriage except that it was short lived.  In 1721, the Rev. Millar passed away rather suddenly. After his death Christian Shaw went with her mother, who was also now […]

  • Witchcraft

    Witchcraft traditionally means the use of magic or supernatural powers to harm others. A practitioner is known as a witch. In medieval and early modern Europe, where the term originated, accused witches were usually women who were believed to have attacked their own community, and often to have communed with evil beings. It was thought […]

  • RWH 1697 Litter Pick.

    On Saturday, 26th March, 2022, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt, 1697, took the first step in creating the Memorial Garden at the Gallow Green, Queen Street in Paisley’s West End. Our six intrepid volunteers, in partnership with the Team Up To Clean Up campaign, spent a great afternoon litter picking at the site until it looked more […]