New Orkney Antiquarian Journal Vol9: Commemorating the Victims of the Orkney Witchcraft Trials

Ragnhild Ljosland (Guest editor)

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The latest editon of our New Antiquarian Journal is now available. This ninth volume of the New Orkney Antiquarian Journal is devoted to the Orkney Heritage Society’s project to commemorate the victims of the Witchcraft trials held in Orkney between 1594 and 1706. This project ran from 2013 till 2019 and culminated in the unveiling of a memorial stone at Gallow Ha at the top of Clay Loan in Kirkwall on 9th March 2019. Other events that day included a mini conference at which several papers were read; some of these, together with some commissioned subsequently, form the basis of the seven articles now included in this volume.

We believe this new journal represents a significant contribution to the literature on the witchcraft trials of Scotland, tackled so comprehensively by Edinburgh University’s Survey of Scottish Witchcraft and ensuing publications of nearly two decades ago. The articles now published show these trials took place in a wider religious and political context than many today have realised, and the victims of these trials were often innocent scapegoats for men in positions of authority. It is hoped that this volume will educate a wide readership and form part of the legacy deserving of these persecuted innocents.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages96
JournalNew Orkney Antiquarian Journal
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2020


  • witchcraft
  • History
  • Orkney and Shetland Studies


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