This site, situated at the entrance to the Castle esplande on the west
wall of The Tartan
Weaving Mill, is easy to miss.
A cast iron wall fountain commemorates the place where over three hundred
women were burned at the stake accused of being witches.
the 16th Century more witch burnings were carried out at Castlehill than
anywhere else in the country. The victims often suffrered brutal torture
before being put to death at the stake. They were often nearly drowned
by being 'douked' in the Nor' Loch.
One of these victims, was Dame Euphane MacCalzean, accused of witchcraft
for using a spell to sink a vessel out of Leith, and attempting to destroy
the ship of King James VI as it entered North Berwick.
The Plaque Reads...
Fountain, designed by John Duncan, R.S.A.
Is near the site on which many witches were burned at the stake. The wicked
head and serene head signify that some used their exceptional knowledge
for evil purposes while others were misunderstood and wished their kind
nothing but good. The serpent has the dual significance of evil and wisdom.
The Foxglove spray further emphasises the dual purpose of many common