The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
This week’s Who Won the Week winners are Dead Scottish Witches. Before the Scottish Witchcraft Act was repealed 300 years ago, an estimated 3,873 Scottish people were put on trial for practicing witchcraft, 84% of whom were women. Two-thirds of them, 2,148 women and 410 men, were found guilty of supernatural crimes and were usually strangled to death then were burned at the stake so as to leave no body to bury. Fun times, huh?
To put that into perspective, in the infamous Salem witch trials in Massachusetts, 300 people were accused and 19 people were executed.
The literal witch-hunt in Scotland ran from 1563, when the Witchcraft Act was enacted, until 1736, when it was finally repealed. An advocate group, Witches of Scotland, ran a two-year campaign aiming for posthumous pardons and their bill looks like it will finally come to pass in the Scottish parliament. The move follows a precedent by the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the U.S. that proclaimed the victims of the Salem witch trials innocent in 2001.
So to all of those thousands of executed Scottish witches, congratulations, you’ve been pardoned. Sure, it may be a little late, but at least it’s something.
What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?