The History of Leith

November 16, 2004

North Berwick Witches

If you visit the coast of Scotland east of Edinburgh you might hear the legend of strange goings-on long ago in the village of North Berwick. The details vary from one teller to another but the people involved are portrayed the same, as a sinister band of witches. Here is the tale – in the autumn of 1590, a group of wicked men and women came together to perform a hideous ritual in an empty church not far from the North Sea. The intentions of the witches were both grand & terrible, they planned to take control of the forces of nature and to change the course of Scottish history by raising a terrible storm at sea.

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