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- Witches in Scotland
Scotland is estimated to have been Europe's biggest persecutor of witches.
In the 17th and 18th centuries Scotland put to death over 4,000 alleged witches.
By the end of the 17th century burning had gone out of fashion so most of them were hanged instead.
The last hanging took place in 1728.
A small well (pictured above), on the eastern corner of the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, marks the spot where, over a timespan of 250 years, 300 women accused of witchcraft, were burned to death.
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