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Border Life: 17th Century witches 

https://www.itv.com/news/border/2022-04-29/border-life-17th-century-witches-and-hidden-gems

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Borders Bletherings – The Border Mills

From sheep on the hills to looms in the Mills; how the Borders clothed the world. Listen on spotify, amazon music, apple podcasts, google podcasts or via our website https://bordersbletherings.uk/

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Borders Bletherings – Navvy riots

1848 saw the coming of the railway in the Scottish Borders. This opened up the region and helped the mills to flourish. The railway company shareholders made fortunes while the Irish Navvies faced prejudice with every mile of track they … Continue reading

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Borders Bletherings – Halloween special

The latest instalment of my podcast Borders Bletherings is now out. Listen on spotify, amazon music, apple podcasts, google podcasts or via our website as Doug and I and our young friend Rhiannon blether about the roots of Halloween.  https://bordersbletherings.uk/

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Borders Bletherings – all things witchy in the Borders

The latest instalment of my podcast Borders Bletherings is now out. Listen on spotify, amazon music, apple podcasts, google podcasts or via our website as Doug and I blether about all things witchy in the Borders. https://bordersbletherings.uk/

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Borders Bletherings

My new podcast Borders Bletherings starts today. Catch it via the website https://bordersbletherings.uk or via Spotify/Googlepodcasts/Amazonmusic/Applepodcats For many people Scottish history starts and ends with the highlands. Join me and my mate Doug every fortnight as we blether about the … Continue reading

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Agnes Fynnie

On the 11 July 1644 Agnes Fynnie was arrested and sent to the Tolbooth in Edinburgh. There were twenty charges of witchcraft and sorcery on the court dittay. That whereas by the eighteenth chapter of Deuteronomyand the twentieth of Leviticus, and … Continue reading

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Kelso, 1662

On 12 June 1662, Sir Archibald Douglas of Kelso obtained a Commission from the Privy Council to try four accused witches: Bessie Thomson, Malie Jonstoun, Agnes Quarie and Malie Turnbull. Douglas was a fervent Covenanter and was extremely outspoken in … Continue reading

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Tell me more – Midlothian Witches

A short podcast with Lea Taylor and me chatting about witches in Midlothian.

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Weir the Warlock

Thomas Weir was born in Carluke in 1599. He was a signatory to the Solemn League and Covenant. He served in the Covenanter army and in 1650, became commander of the Edinburgh Town Guard. While commander, he began each day … Continue reading

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