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In the graveyard | by Lee Kindness
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In the graveyard

St. Andrew's Church (Old), North Berwick, Scotland


"In the late sixteenth century the town gained unwelcome notoriety as a result of the North Berwick witch trials. This was primarily the culmination of the events of Halloween 1590 when the North Berwick witches danced through the ecclesiastical remains of St. Andrews church. This was apparently to conjure up evil against King James VI who was returning home from Denmark with his bride, Anne. The devil appeared and ordered them to raise a storm to destroy the king. Wax images had been moulded and other attempts made to harm him with magic. During the Witches Sabbath, the graves in the old cemetery were robbed for 'magical cookery' while a cat was baptised and thrown into the sea."

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Taken on September 2, 2007