This site, situated at the entrance to the Castle esplande
on the west wall of The
Tartan Weaving Mill, is easy to miss.
cast iron wall fountain commemorates the place where over
three hundred women were burned at the stake accused of
the 16th Century more witch burnings were carried out at
Castlehill than anywhere else in the country. The victims
often suffrered brutal torture before being put to death
at the stake. They were often nearly drowned by being 'douked'
in the Nor' Loch.
One of these victims, was Dame Euphane MacCalzean, accused
of witchcraft for using a spell to sink a vessel out of Leith,
and attempting to destroy the ship of King James VI as it
entered North Berwick.
Fountain, designed by John Duncan, R.S.A.
Is near the site on which many witches were burned at the
stake. The wicked head and serene head signify that some
used their exceptional knowledge for evil purposes while
others were misunderstood and wished their kind nothing but
good. The serpent has the dual significance of evil and wisdom.
The Foxglove spray further emphasises the dual purpose of
many common objects."