The Witches Stone, Dornoch.

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Roy Pledger on June 17, 2013

Littletown is a tiny hamlet now absorbed by the ancient Burgh of Dornoch in the north of Scotland. In a small garden there, a simple stone bearing the date 1722, marks the spot where the last witch was burnt in Scotland. Janet Horne had been accused of ‘turning her deformed daughter into a pony and having her shod by the devil!’ An information board nearby tells us : 'Janet Horne had been a lady's maid before she married but in 1727 she was old and confused. Early that year neighbours reported that she was using witchcraft to turn her daughter into a devil's pony. Janet and her daughter whose hand was deformed were imprisoned in Dornoch where they were tried and found guilty of witchcraft. Th daughter escaped before being sentenced but the mother was sentenced to death. The next day she was stripped, rolled in tar and placed in a barrel. A grim procession took her to this place where she was burned. She was the last recorded person in Scotland to die in this terrible way. Janet Horne's execution was marked by this stone. The date on the stone should be 1727'.

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  • Uploaded on June 17, 2013
  • Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
    by Roy Pledger
    • Camera: SONY DSC-W170
    • Taken on 2013/06/02 14:17:04
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    • Focal Length: 5.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
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