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Maggie Wall's Monument

A monument which purports to commemorate a witch burned here in 1657, Maggie Wall's Monument lies by the roadside ¾ mile (1.3 km) west southwest of Dunning in Perth and Kinross. It comprises a rubble cairn from which a shaft rises topped by a cross. Maggie Wall's Wood lies behind. While these executions are often well documented and certainly took place in Dunning, there is no record of a Maggie Wall being executed in this parish or elsewhere. Work by a local historian suggests the monument takes its name from a nearby field called Maggie's Walls, and that the monument was erected in the 18th century to atone for witch burnings across the country.

Chillingly, the Moors murderers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady were photographed next to the monument while on holiday in Scotland in 1965, part-way through their killing spree. The photograph was published during their trial as the press accused Hindley of being a 'witch'.


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