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Women and Serious Crime in Late-17th Century Scotland

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In recent years, we have seen a huge amount of interest in the Scottish witch-hunt, much of it rooted in a sense that convicted ‘witches’ were the victims of unfair persecution by a criminal justice system that actively worked to oppress women. That idea remains open to debate, but what is not in doubt is that witchcraft was very far from the only point of connection between Scottish women and the early modern criminal justice system. Based on new research using the records of Scotland’s central criminal court, Dr Allan Kennedy of the University of Dundee, will explore the relationship between women and serious criminality during the second half of the seventeenth century. It will discuss women’s involvement as perpetrators, accomplices, and victims, while also reflecting on the distinct attitudes and stereotypes associated with women’s law-breaking as against men’s. Scottish women, the talk will suggest, were caught up in a diverse range of criminal activities, and the way they were treated reveals much about the wider place of women in early modern society.

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Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available to purchase before the talk. Entry to the talks are free but if you would like to make a donation towards the hire of the hall, there will be a donations tin available.

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Thursday 7th March 2024 1:00pm
St. Andrew's Church
King Street
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