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Witchcraft and Lore in South West Scotland

Playing Cards



These playing cards were found tied to bundles of 17th century Dumfries records containing accounts of witchcraft trials. The cards may have been placed there to ward off any evil in the papers. During the Early Modern Period, playing cards were sometimes used as evidence of a witch's attempts at divination. The use of cards to predict the future is seen sporadically throughout Europe and may have found its way into South Western Scottish beliefs of witchcraft.

Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM: 0202.4
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Dumfries and Galloway Council