PLANS to create a permanent memorial to Pittenweem’s ‘witches’ have taken yet another twist.
Last week, the Mail reported that the ambitions of historian and author Len Low to erect a monument to the 26 people who were killed after being accused of witchcraft appeared to have stalled.
This followed the results of a survey carried out by the community council to gauge residents’ support for the creation of any memorial.
The community council claimed the results returned with a 50/50 split, so chose not to back Len’s plan.
However, an American friend of Len, who says she could feel the anger of the result “all the way across the Atlantic” has agreed to help fundraise for a private memorial.
Stephanie Creech, a descendant of the infamous Cardinal David Beaton, Archbishop of St Andrews who persecuted heretics at the time of the Reformation, reckons she can pool resources from the ex-pat population in the States to support the memorial.
Stephanie, a public relations consultant, told the Mail: “When it seemed as though there was little interest in, or movement toward, proper fundraising for this memorial to those who suffered, I decided I should put my professional skills to work for the cause.
“This level of torture and oppression, while certainly not exclusive to any one particular culture, left quite an aching in my heart for the poor souls who endured such treatment.
“I am a tremendous believer in preserving our history and our culture, however unpleasant the story may be. Our history, regardless of what the story is, bears relevance to our world today.”
Len Low is author of the ‘Weem Witch’, a historical book which charts the suffering of those accused and killed during the area’s various ‘outbreaks’.