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Witchcraft and Lore in South West Scotland

King James Bible



Prior to becoming King James I of England, James VI of Scotland was known to be a highly superstitious man with strong beliefs in the existence of witches. He published Daemonologie (1597) which uses canonical law to justify witchcraft persecution.

The King James Bible further followed these superstitious footsteps. It is famous for the contested translation of Exodus 22:18, which James asserted was "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live". This passage would come to provide scriptural justification for witchcraft persecution.

Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
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