The History of Witch Trials in Peeblesshire

Elisa Smith and Simon Ritchie

Tuesday, 14th November 2023

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30 p.m.

A look at the history of the Witch Trials in Scotland and the part the Church Authorities in Peeblesshire played during this dark time in Scottish history.

The talk will provide details of some local trials, in particular the 1629 trial which resulted in 27 local people being executed.

Elisa Smith and Simon Ritchie are two residents of Peebles who completed a successful campaign to recognise the people of Peeblesshire who were executed under the Witchcraft Act. Their efforts resulted in a Memorial being placed on Tweed Green in 2022, in memory of those executed in this area.