A Map of Witches and some Autumn Beauty

Map of Witches

The Map of Witches is a brand new resource from the University of Edinburgh, utilising the extensive data collected in their Survey of Scottish Witchcraft Database. See it here. It’s a visual and clickable map of over 3000 people accused of witchcraft in Scotland, and is both fascinating and terrible, as this subject always is. My three quines from THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR are included (see Isobell’s entry above) as are a disturbing Witch Pricker’s Journey and various other stories. You can choose to view a modern map or a historical one, the latter suiting it better, I think.

After peering back into the dark like that, I need to look at beauty, so here’s some from recent days:

Blue and gold after the map of witches

The wonderful blue and gold of Autumn.


Pink shimmering rockpools at New Aberdour beach.

New Aberdour Beach

A dark cave, blue reflected within.

a dark cave

And the path up to St Drostan’s well, shining in the sunlight:

St Drostan's well

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Cover of Ailish Sinclair's 'The Mermaid and the Bear'
Out October 18th 2019

Set in a fictional castle in Aberdeenshire, Ailish Sinclair’s debut novel, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR, blends an often overlooked period of history, the Scottish witchcraft accusations, in particular the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, with a love story.





53 thoughts on “A Map of Witches and some Autumn Beauty

  1. My friend, MLRover, sent me your link. So glad she did. My witch stories are for fun, but the story of the witch trials is just plain grim. Not a proud moment in history.

  2. Wow, that was an interesting link. Thanks for sharing it. I had no idea that we had so much information on people who were accused of witchcraft or that anyone had collected all of it into an online map.

  3. The photos are beautiful, this post is fascinating, and your book sounds really intriguing. Something I will definitely look into next year. Thanks for sharing this! ❀

  4. I love the photos! Checked out the witch map, they don’t go back far enough to list my ancestor Janet Douglas, Lady Glamis, but I’ll keep checking back. I had no idea how detailed the records were!

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