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Witchcraft and Lore in South West Scotland

Witches Stones



A Witches Stone (Adderstane) is a stone with a naturally occuring hole through the centre, believed to have protective qualities. The superstitous practice of hanging witches stones or building them into walls was believed to protect the occupants against diseases, charms, evil and even have the ability to see through fairy and witch disguises. European Folklore further dictates that the witches' stone keeps the "hag" spirit at bay and prevents witches from stealing away horses and children.

Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
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