In the Churchyard of Balmaclellan Church in South West Scotland, you’ll find an unmarked stone. Some say it is just a standing stone, folklore says it marks the resting place of Elspeth McEwen, the last witch to be executed in Scotland. She was strangled and burned in Kirkcudbright in 1698.
Ah!, there ye are, fun ye at last, an in consecrated grun an aw! Here’s an irony, when ye think o’ it, tae be burned as a witch, an yet buried among guid Christian folk! Reeks o’ hypocrisy, reeks o’ guilt! They blamed ye fir the lack o’ milk, they blamed ye fir the lack o’ eggs, sade ye made a horse sweat bluid. Carted ye aff tae Kirkcudbright jile, held ye fir twa years, till yer misery made ye confess tae end it aw. Ye wir’nae a witch Elspeth, ye wir an excuse, a pair buddy tae blame whun things went wrang. Why pick on you?, wha kens, but they burnt ye in the en, condemned ye tae flames fir fauts that wir really thir ain. Could’nae bring themselves tae carve yer name, as if it wid min them o yer innocence, o the nonsense thir version o God demanded. Yer blank stane says mair than wirds, The yins that pit ye here wir guilty, an they kent it! Derek Ross
fun = found, grun = ground, guid = good, sade = said, fir = for, bluid = blood, jile = jail, tae = to, aw = all, wir’nae = weren’t, buddy = person, kens = knows, en = end, fauts = faults, thir = their, could’nae = couldn’t, wid = would, min = remind, stane = stone, mair = more, wirds = words, yins = ones, pit = put, kent = knew