Archives Reveal Truth about Witchcraft in Aberdeen

6 December 2013

A limited number of places are still available for a free illustrated talk about the history of persecutions for witchcraft in Aberdeen.

The talk by Fiona Musk, archivist with Aberdeen City and Shire Archives Service, will be held at 12.30pm on Wednesday 11 December in the Tolbooth Museum, Castle Street.

The talk coincides with the museum's exhibition of archival material relating to prosecution of so-called witches in Aberdeen during the 1590s.

Prosecutions for witchcraft, historically, were rare in Aberdeen but the 1590s brought a wave of persecution, prosecutions and executions. Like the exhibition, the talk will shed new light on this phase in the city's history and will show that the period of prosecution was longer than previously thought.

Fiona Musk, archivist said: 'This is a very important topic and is one of the darker moments in Aberdeen's history so we really need to try to understand exactly what was going on at the time. The documents present a full, if confusing, picture of a very different and dangerous time."

Advance booking for this talk is required by telephoning museum staff on (01224) 621167. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes.