Watch as witch becomes wicker woman: “Meet the late 16th century gaoler as he prepares a witch for her execution at a re-enactment this Saturday [18 July] at 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm at The Tolbooth Museum, Castle Street, Aberdeen.
Meet local woman Janet Walker as she waits to be burned at the stake in 1597 after being convicted of being a witch. Her daughter Isobel and Mistress Kerr – one of Janet’s accusers will also be at the museum.
Burnings for witchcraft were comparatively rare in Aberdeen apart from one particular year, 1597. Encouraged by King James VI there was a wave of persecutions against so called witches throughout Scotland during that year with over 20 people executed in Aberdeen.