Witchcraft in Scotland

Julian Goodare

in The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780199578160
Published online May 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Witchcraft in Scotland

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This article discusses the history of witchcraft in Scotland. Witchcraft was a secular crime between 1563 and 1736, and almost all trials occurred in this period. Statistics do show that the Scottish witch-hunt was one of the most severe in Protestant Europe. Out of a population of about a million, about 4,000 witches were formally accused and perhaps around 2,500 were executed. The article also describes recent debates about witch-hunting and witch belief. It concludes with suggestions for future research.

Keywords: witchcraft prosecutions; witch trials; witch-hunting; witch beliefs

Article.  9032 words. 

Subjects: History ; British History ; Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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