Online Events 2020

We have a full schedule of Online History Cafes running over the autumn and winter.

All Online History Cafe Sessions cost £5 and are scheduled for 1 hour.

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October is Witches month

You will be sent a link each week for the Online Zoom Meeting.


Thursday 1st October 2020 7.30 – 8.30pm
Renfrewshire Witches

The first of our witch hunt themed Cafes will look at some 17th Century cases that appear in the Scottish Privy Council Records and are not well know of in the County.  We will look at the likes of George Semple a sometime Preacher, accused in 1630 of being a a practitioner and teacher/ consulter in witchcraft.  


Thursday 8th October 2020 7.30 – 8.30pm

The Bargarran Witch Hunt of 1696-97: Part 1 – The Shaws

The first session in the Bargarran witch hunt will look at the Shaw family. Who were John Shaw and Christian McGilchrist? Who were their children? Where did they live? what did they do? The witch hunt will also be introduced.


Thursday 15th October 2020 7.30 – 8.30pm

The Bargarran Witchhunt of 1696-97: Part 2 – The accused, Part 1

This session will look at those who were accused of tormenting Christian Shaw. Again we will look at who they were, where they were from, their status in life and who their relatives were.


Thursday 22nd October 2020 7.30 – 8.30pm

The Bargarran Witchhunt of 1696-97: Part 3 – The accused, Part 2

In the dsecond part of our look at those accusewd, we will look at what they were accused off, and surprisingly it is more than just tormenting Christian Shaw through witchcraft. I will leave it to this session before telling ore!


Thursday 29th October 2020 7.30 – 8.30pm

The Bargarran Witchhunt of 1696-97: Part 4 – The Investigators

Quite often the investigators are forgotten about. In this session we will look at who initially investigated the case of Christian Shaw, who the Scottish Privy Council appointed to Investigate officially, and then who the Trial officals and witnesses were,


Thursday 5th November 2020 7.30 – 8.30pm

The Bargarran Witchhunt of 1696-97: Sources & The Historical Context

In this final session of of Witches month, we will try and put the Bargarran Witch Hunt into context. what was happening in Scotland, and in Renfrewshire in particular before the the Bararran witch hunt started?


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