PE1855: Pardon and memorialise those convicted under the Witchcraft Act 1563
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.
Petitioner: Claire Mitchell QC
Status: Under consideration
Date published: 03 February 2021
Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee Consideration
1 September 2021: The Committee agreed to write to both the petitioner and the Scottish Government.
19 January 2022: The Committee agreed to keep the petition open until it is established whether a Members’ Bill is likely to be progressed on this topic. The Committee also agreed to consider inviting the petitioner to provide evidence to the Committee at a future date.
23 February:The Committee took evidence from petitioners Claire Mitchell QC and Zoe Venditozzi. The Committee agreed to consider the evidence it had heard at a future meeting.
18 May 2022: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and Natalie Don MSP.
PE1855/A: Scottish Government submission of 17 March 202168.4KB pdf posted 12 May 2022
PE1855/G: Petitioner submission of 11 May 2022 86.4KB pdf posted 16 May 2022
PE1855/H: Natalie Don MSP submission of 16 May 2022 45.1KB pdf posted 16 May 2022
PE1855/I: Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans submission of 5 August 2022 94.2KB pdf posted 10 August 2022