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PE01855: Pardon and memorialise those convicted under the Witchcraft Act 1563


Petitioner: Claire Mitchell QC


Closing Date for Online Petition: 17 March 2021

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to pardon, apologise and create a national monument to memorialise those people in Scotland accused and convicted as witches under the Witchcraft Act 1563.

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Between 1563 and 1736, the years when the Witchcraft Act 1563 was law, there were 4 periods of “satanic panic” which resulted in approximately 4000 people being accused as witches. Of those 4000, academics estimate that approximately 2500 were executed. 

To bring these people some justice and to memorialise their memory appropriately, we are calling for—

  • A pardon for those convicted,
  • An apology for all those accused and
  • A national monument

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Please do the right thing finally! Bury the fear that took the lives of so many.

Harmony Green

2:59 on 03 Mar 2021

We are not going to move out of the wasteland we have created until we elevate the feminine principle of care and caregiving for people and the planet. What will help us do that is to bring out of the shadows the deep misogyny that has now left its mark on our shared Mother Earth in a way that is potentially torturous to everyone on the planet if it continues.

patty culbertson

21:42 on 02 Mar 2021

Acknowledge and correct the wrongs doing towards all these women!

Evonne Hynd

20:44 on 02 Mar 2021

A gesture required to acknowledge a wrongdoing, bring justice and honour the victims of such atrocities to heal historical wounds.


20:21 on 02 Mar 2021

We must teach people about these atrocities to ensure this doesn't happen again. I have done a lot of research into this historic barbarity

Carrie Todd

17:13 on 02 Mar 2021

I watched a documentary years ago called "The Burning Times". It was an eye opener and called the the period a "women's holocaust". We have lists of men buried at sea and lost in battles, the Jewish people who died in concentration camps. It is time to honor the poor innocent victims...female and male...that were tortured and killed using the insane and inhumane practices to rid the world of witches all due to their twisted perception of what a witch actually was.

Sandra Jarvis

13:42 on 02 Mar 2021

It's time to acknowledge the wrong doing

michelle helsing

12:57 on 02 Mar 2021

The deep, historical roots of misogyny in Scotland must be faced, tackled with equal vigour and energy as Scotland now, in the 21st century, seeks to prevent and eradicate on going gender inequalities and their outcomes - including all forms of oppression of and violence against women and girls. Trauma does not just disappear, it re-seeds itself throughout generations until and unless it is reconciled through accountability and apology.

Kathryn Brown

9:39 on 02 Mar 2021

Five years ago I wrote to every member of Holyrood with this very suggestion. Received much support and useful avenues to pursue. Good luck!

Doug Clark

9:28 on 02 Mar 2021

Quite right. Our culture respects the memory of the Miners' Strike, of Red Clydeside, of penal transportation to Australia, of the Triangle Trade, of the persecution of Covenanters. But for this miscarriage of justice, we do little more than wear the odd pointy hat on Halloween. It's time we adressed this gap in our collective memory.

Joe Carstairs

8:23 on 02 Mar 2021

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