Better late than never! Accused Witches and their cats, who were executed in the 16th and 17th century in Scotland will be pardoned. The ceremony in
which pardoned 81 witches, were allowed under ancient feudal powers which will be abolished in a few weeks. In all, 3500 Scots were executed, often
with little or no evidence. Several descendants of the condemned will be at the ceremony.
PRESTONPANS, Scotland - Accused witches — and their cats — executed during a wave of hysteria and religious ferment hundreds of years ago will be
pardoned on Halloween in this Scottish township, a court official said Friday.
Sunday's ceremony will publicly pardon 81 people executed in the 16th and 17th centuries for being witches. The pardons have been granted under
ancient feudal powers due to be abolished within weeks.
"There'll be no witches' hats, dress-ups or that sort of thing — it will be a fairly solemn occasion," said Adele Conn, spokeswoman for the baronial
court granting the pardons.
More than 3,500 Scots, mainly woman and children, and their cats were killed in witch hunts. Many were condemned on flimsy evidence, such as owning a
black cat or brewing homemade remedies.
Prestonpans region recorded one of the largest numbers of witch executions in Scotland, said Conn, who is the "mountjoye," or official spokeswoman,
for the Barons Courts of Prestoungrange & Dolphinstoun.
Gordon Prestoungrange, the 14th baron, granted the pardons in the last session of his court, which is due to be abolished Nov. 28, she said.
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One was quoted as saying “But I'll be trying my secret powers with the lottery next week.". The last such execution took place in 1727 and the trials
were outlawed by the Witchcraft Act of 1735. The United States went through a similar period. Known as the Salem Witch Hunts, many accused “witches”
Unfortunately, the mentality that led to these people being murdered is still alive and well.
Heck, just look at a sample of politically-motivated posts in any forum on ATS and you'll see the same hatred, rage, reckless tendency to make
baseless accusations and delusional ability to see evil everywhere except in one's own heart.
We haven't changed a bit. How many centuries will pass before those who wrongfully accuse others now will admit that they may have been wrong?
I won't hold my breath.
An off-topic digression, I suppose, but it's impossible not to see the obvious parallels.
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