A VIRTUAL conference to remember the accused witches of Scotland will take place later today.

The conference is the second held by the group called Remembering the Accused Witches of Scotland, and follows on from a successful pilot event in Dunfermline a year ago.

The primary aim of the group is to erect a national memorial to recognise the historic persecution that Church and State brought down on over four-thousand Scots.

This campaign runs in parallel with the campaign, headed by Claire Mitchell QC, to obtain a judicial pardon for all those so wrongly prosecuted and executed.

It is estimated that 380 Fifers, most of them women, were accused of practising black magic between the 16th and 18th centuries and many were subjected to imprisonment, torture and brutal death sentences.

The event, which had been planned for the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline, has been moved online which as compensation, will now allow a much wider national and international attendance.

The group has gone from strength to strength during the pandemic, gathering members from all over Scotland and elsewhere to contribute to the desire to remember those people, wrongly accused of witchcraft and to create a national monument.

The virtual conference includes artists, historians, authors and campaigners for social justice who will either be speaking live or have created presentations on their particular area of expertise.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite and cost £2.67

The conference starts at 1pm