Law/Justice

Scotland to pardon 3,837 innocent ‘witches’ — 300 years later

By New York

Witches have been free from persecution in Scotland for more than 300 years, but several thousand people who died prisoners could get their official pardon.

Advocate group Witches of Scotland ran a two-year campaign aiming for posthumous pardons and could finally see their bill come to pass in the Scottish parliament, the Sunday Times reported.

Before the Witchcraft Act was repealed three centuries ago, an estimated 3,873 Scottish people were put on trial for practicing magic, 84% of whom were women, according to the the group. Two-thirds of them, 2,148 women and 410 men, would be found guilty of supernatural crimes and executed.

Scotland’s crusade against sorcery officially began with the issuance of the Witchcraft Act in 1563, giving way to almost two centuries during which the public routinely sought to identify and execute witches — including on the occasions of five historic “great Scottish witch hunts” — until it was repealed in 1736.

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  1. I occasionally meet LARPY TradChristians and low IQ Fundies who still believe in literal witches. This is why democracy cannot be tolerated.

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