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Witches’ Stories: Nurses and midwives accused of witchcraft (1563-1736)

Hear the stories of Scotland's early nurses and midwives accused of witchcraft for helping others in the annual RCN Foundation Lecture.

The Annual RCN Foundation Lecture

Between 1563 and 1736, almost 4,000 people were accused of witchcraft in Scotland under the Witchcraft Act. Women and men were accused of witchcraft for various reasons, but some were accused of being witches for helping to care for their neighbours during sickness and childbirth. Nicola Ring, Nessa McHugh and Rachel Davidson-Welch from Edinburgh Napier University share the findings of their research into this forgotten chapter of nursing history. They will tell the stories of some of the Scottish women and men cruelly and unfairly accused and punished for helping others, talk about their healing practices and reflect on what they did from a modern healthcare perspective.

The project was funded by a Monica Baly Education Grant from the RCN Foundation.

This event is open to all, and will take place online. Please sign up to attend and the link to join will be circulated in advance: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/witches-stories-nurses-and-midwives-accused-of-witchcraft-1563-1736-tickets-169449615361.

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Nicola Ring | talks
Nessa McHugh | talks
Rachel Davidson-Welch | talks


Date and Time:

17 November 2021 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Royal College of Nursing
20 Cavendish Square
029 2054 6460

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