Halloween in History: Tales of Witches, Warlocks, and the Supernatural

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Halloween in History: (True?) Tales of Witches, Warlocks, and the Supernatural in Scotland

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Join us at the Grimsby Museum for an informative and entertaining talk presented by: Dr. Sierra Dye Postdoctoral Scholar - Scottish Studies History Department, University of Guelph. $8.00/ Museum members

$10.00/ non-members

Light refreshments and admission to museum exhibitions included.

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Halloween is a time for spooky stories about witches, ghosts, and the supernatural. The origins of the holiday can be traced back to Celtic harvest celebrations, and Scotland has a long history of tales of magic, faeries, and goblins. But did you know that in early modern Scotland, many people actually believed in witches and actively hunted them down? Some of these beliefs have been passed down to us through stories and folklore, which sometimes can give us hints of what actually happened.

Supernatural spooks and witches abound in Robert Burns’ (1759-1796) poem, Tam O’ Shanter, which describes the wild ride of a farmer making his way home after a long night of drink and merriment with friends. As Tam passes the old haunted church on his way home, he happens upon a truly terrible gathering. In this talk, we will consider some of the descriptions in the poem and compare them to actual witchcraft confessions and beliefs from the previous century. Scotland’s witch-hunts were some of the most extreme in European history and the legal records can tell us much about what people believed about witches and magic. Over time, people stopped hunting witches, but whether they stopped believing in them is a different story…

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Dr. Sierra Dye is a lecturer and course developer at the University of Guelph where she teaches the history of witch-hunting in early modern Europe and Scotland. She has recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship on early modern gender and crime in Scotland and is currently working on her book, ‘What words they spoke’: Speech, Gender, and Evidence in Scotland’s Witch Trials.

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