Peebles: Memorial for victims of Witchcraft Act could move closer

A FIRST memorial in the Borders to honour people executed under the Witchcraft Act could move a step closer next week.

On Wednesday (June 8)  members of Peebles Common Good Fund Sub-Committee will consider a request from residents to commemorate the 27 people executed in the town back in 1629 after being accused of “witchcraft”.

A public consultation supported a headstone-style memorial on parkland in the town and a cairn on a nearby hillside where executions took place.

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The move has already been supported by Peebles Community Council.

The memorial would remember the 27 executed on a single day at Calf Knowe – now known as Venlaw Hill.

An estimated 2,500 Scots were executed for breaking the Witchcraft Act between 1563 and 1736.

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