There were an estimated 4,000-6,000 witchcraft trials in Scotland, three times more than in England. About three quarters of the accused were women.
Scottish witchcraft trials were notable for their use of pricking: the suspect’s skin was pierced with needles and pins, as it was believed that witches could not feel pain. Confessions were often extracted by “waking” the witch”: depriving the suspect of sleep. Convicted witches were usually strangled and their bodies burned.
In May 2008, a memorial was built at Maxwellton Cross in Paisley, where the Paisley witches’ remains were buried. It includes the inscription “Pain Inflicted, Suffering Endured, Injustice Done”.
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