Lovely pic in today’s Herald on Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 project, but the seven witches were executed in 1697 not 1976!
Liz Gardiner of RWH 1697 said that while they are delighted to get any publicity, we hope that Paisley’s reputation is not so tarnished that people believe we were still garroting and burning witches in 1976 – the same year that Brotherhood of Man won the Eurovision contest and a year after Mrs Thatcher became the Tory leader. We hope that the public will come along to Paisley town centre on Saturday 9 June between 10am-5pm, and join us for what we underline, is the restaging of the events of 1697.”
History is one of the most popular leisure pursuits in the UK, and The Paisley Development Trust, which is made up of local residents and business people, is determined to support the regeneration of their town by celebrating and building on its rich culture and heritage.
The RWH 1697 project tells the darkly fascinating strand of Paisley’s history, and is part of the Trust’s initiative to regenerate the town centre through cultural and artistic activities.
The name stems from the year 1697 when seven out 30 people accused of witchcraft were garrotted and burned in Paisley town centre.
While RWH 1697 has considerable support from Renfrewshire Council, the Heritage Lottery fund, Renfrewshire LEADER funds and Paisley Vision Board, the most significant element is the social capital devoted to the project by volunteers in terms of time and efforts.
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. To date it has invested over £500million in Scotland’s heritage. Website: www.hlf.org.uk
Renfrewshire is one of HLF’s priority areas as it has not come forward with as many heritage projects as other areas of Scotland. The Development Team is working with lots of local groups to make sure that they are aware of the funding which is available and the fantastic benefits that heritage projects can deliver. The area has an amazing history – its industry, architecture, landscape and traditions and HLF is keen to hear from groups with other heritage project idea