Literary Madness | Scottish Witches


Janet Horne was the last ever person to be tried and executed for being a witch.

She was arrested in 1727 with her daughter in their home village of Dornoch. She was accused by her neighbors of committing devilish crimes and for turning her daughter into a pony and having the devil shoe her.

She was found guilty of witchcraft and was sentenced to death. She was burnt alive and was quoted to having said ‘Oh what a bonny blaze’.

In 1736 witchcraft was outlawed, less than a decade after Janet Horne was burned alive.

Janet Horne’s story was the influence behind Scottish playwright Rona Munros play ‘THE LAST WITCH’ published in 2009.

An interactive map of the witches of Scotland can be found here.

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