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November 04, 2004

Pardon me

On the eve of its abolition, Prestoungrange Baronial Court issued pardons to 81 people convictioned under the Witchcraft Act 1735. I do not see an "apology" on offer and wonder how this helps the deceased or the thousands more murdered under a similar pretense.

More than 3500 Scots were executed amid a resurgence in Catholic feeling during the Reformation period that reached a peak under King James VI, later crowned King James I of England. Many were condemned on evidence such as owning a black cat or cursing a neighbour who subsequently fell ill.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 4, 2004 06:01 AM

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Oh my! I own a black cat. She's my familiar!

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at November 4, 2004 01:07 PM