In 1697, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Christian Shaw, daughter of the Laird of Bargarran, complained of being tormented by local witches. Seven people, known as the Paisley, Bargarran or Renfrewshire witches, were found guilty of having bewitched Shaw and were condemned to death. Five of them were hanged then burned on the Gallow Green in Paisley on 10 June 1697, the last mass execution for witchcraft in western Europe. Christian Shaw went on to become a successful businesswoman, manufacturing Bargarran Thread.
In 2008, Scottish legislators argued that it was inappropriate to pardon the thousands of men, women and children prosecuted under the 16th and 17th-century witchcraft laws.
The Paisley pattern is originally from Iran, but became known as the Paisley pattern because the town was known for the production of woven and printed paisley-design fabrics.
Varied edition: 40 prints