In 1697, eleven year old Christian Shaw became “possessed by witches”.As a result seven citizens of Renfrewshire were put to death and their remains buried under a horseshoe at Maxwellton Cross in Paisley. Christian and her mother went on to be the founders of Renfrewshire’s textile industry and a superstition grew that if the horseshoe was ever removed the fortunes of the area would decline. In the 1960’s, during road works, the horseshoe was lifted. Whether or not the subsequent economic decline was in any way linked, the horseshoe was replaced in the summer of 2012 as part of the first re enactment of events.”Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697″ has been established to make sure the story is revisited each year and Renfrewshire continues to flourish.
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