Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 2013

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 2013

We’re Back!
Unit 17
Paisley Centre


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 horsehoe 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 horsehoe 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.

This year, the re enactment is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 5th October 2013. Every citizen and visitor to the area is invited to dress in historic attire, come into town and join in the restaging of the events.

Preparations are now underway for the main event on Saturday the 5th October. But if you can’t wait until the 5th, you will see us pop up at all the major events planned over the summer including the West End Fair, Sma’ Shot Day and the MOD. Come and say hi!’

For information on how to get involved (either as an individual or as a group)
make crafts, volunteer in the shop, create a scene, take a character role, or simply get help with making a costume for the day, please contact us:


Phone No: 0141 328 4310

Address: RWH1697, Unit 17, The Paisley Centre,
23 High Street, Paisley, PA1 2AQ

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