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date: 11 August 2020

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This article discusses the history of witchcraft in Scotland. Witchcraft was a secular crime between 1563 and 1736, and almost all trials occurred in this period. Statistics do show that the Scottish witch-hunt was one of the most severe in Protestant Europe. Out of a population of about a million, about 4,000 witches were formally accused and perhaps around 2,500 were executed. The article also describes recent debates about witch-hunting and witch belief. It concludes with suggestions for future research.

Keywords: witchcraft prosecutions, witch trials, witch-hunting, witch beliefs

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