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Thousands of 'witches' could be posthumously pardoned in Scotland

By Ellen Francis

23 Jun 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

It’s never too late to set the record straight. Scotland’s parliament is considering a bill that would posthumously pardon thousands of women convicted of “witchcraft” hundreds of years ago.

Thousands of people were convicted of practicing witchcraft in Scotland in a hunt that spanned nearly two centuries - and the majority of those sentenced to death and executed were women. Many were also tortured.

Now, a bill proposed in the Scottish parliament is trying to set the record straight, said Natalie Don, a Scottish lawmaker who introduced the proposal. It could allow for posthumous pardons to thousands of women who faced convictions hundreds of years ago.

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