Activists find ‘perfect spot’ for Scottish witches’ national memorial

The site at St Ninians and Loch Fitty near Kelty in Fife received support from members of the campaign and the education group Remembering Scotland’s Accused Witches.

The trustees recently visited the site, which sits on an old quarry, and the land will soon be converted into a wellness and recreation park spanning over 900 acres.

The movement for the memorial came after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon publicly apologized for the persecution of almost 4,000 famous people in Scotland, mostly women, who were accused of witchcraft between the 16th and 18th centuries.

Bold projects are being developed to develop the former quarry at St Ninians, near Kelty, Fife, into a health and wellness park, and plans are under way to place a national memorial on the site to those persecuted as witches in Scotland. . PIK: Contributed.

Some believe that up to two-thirds of the accused were executed, although estimates vary.

The site at St. Ninians is considered appropriate for a memorial, given the significant number of people affected during the Fife witch hunt series.

Elizabeth McMann, Trustee of the Accused Witches of Scotland (RAWS) in Remembrance, said: “We intended to get a pardon from the state, an apology from the church and a memorial to the accusated witches in Scotland and those around the world.

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Nearly 4,000 people were persecuted for witchcraft in Scotland from the 16th to the 18th century in a series of witch hunts, and campaigners are now looking for a site for a national memorial to those who suffered at the hands of church and state. IMAGE: Creative Commons.

“Having visited St Ninians, we believe it is the perfect location for a long-awaited memorial, and this is especially true given the important role Fife has played in the persecution of those accused of witchcraft.”

Sarah Kelly, co-founder of RAWS, said the “beautiful location” has “great potential” to host a memorial.

Ms Kelly said: “It fits very well with our ethos of communities, the environment and the fact that the people we want to remember are in a respectful and beautiful place.

“St Ninians would be the ideal location, it is very accessible and anyone who is interested can visit on a regular basis. Educating the general public and schoolchildren in this context is also very important to us.”

The site of the proposed eco-therapeutic health and leisure park is now owned by National Pride UK, a social enterprise that is working with the National Health Service, local authorities and charities to create sustainable housing and healthcare facilities for both paying guests and medical destinations.

Loch Fitty offers a spa and wellness complex. A program is also proposed for the restoration of former industrial lands, which includes the planting of local forests.

The organization also bought up a former quarry near Auchinleck in Ayrshire.

The RAWS visit to St Ninians follows National Pride’s recent pledge to support the national memorial at St Ninians.

Andy Whitlock of National Pride UK said: “We are proud to host the ‘Remembrance of Scotland’s Accused Witches’ event and local councilors in St Ninians.

“Before we take the next steps to place a national memorial for those accused witches, we will try to actively pursue its potential design.

“As an eco-therapy park accessible to the public, St Ninians Wellness will be a place of natural healing, and we fully agree with those who have identified it as a suitable site for such a memorial.”

National Pride (St Ninians) Ltd is preparing to apply to the Fife Council to develop the site.

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