New Memorial Unveiled

On the 10th June 2015 we unveiled a new Memorial to the accused & executed of the 10th June 1697

10th June 1697

On the 10th June 1697 seven people were executed and burnt on the Gallow Hill of Paisley, bringing the events of the past ten months to a conclusion. These events, in most modern accounts tend to dwell on the accusations made by eleven year old Christian Shaw of Bargarran, but there are many more criminal incidents and reports of witchcraft within the same time period, and quite often relating to the same people that Christian Shaw accused. This website attempts to re-evaluate the story of the Renfrewshire Witchcraft case of 1697, correcting popular errors in the story that have developed over the last 400 years.

The Charity

RWH1697 was formed to re- investigate the events of the Bargarran Witch Hunt and retell the story. This website serves as the research base of the project, and will contain all of the research gathered by the project over the last few years, and new information as the research group grows and delves into more source material.

A research group of eight core participants (one seasoned researcher, the others novice researchers) was formed in August 2011. Since then they have making progress – discovering aspects of the Shaw story that have never been known before. The context of Reformation, Industrial Revoltuion and other historical details have been discovered and shared.


The research group of RWH1697 strive to present the most up-to-date and accurate information on the events of 1696 and 1697. Over the last 300 years many myths and fables about the events surrounding Christian Shaw, the accused and the executions have grown to the stage that many versions of the story exist. We do not rely on secondary sources such as 'The History of the Witches of Renfrewshire' published in 1809, but always aim to use primary & contemporary accounts in our research. Do not be surprised, if the information you read here does not tally with that on other inaccurate websites.

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The Bargarran Thread Company

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Resources for Schools

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Renfrewshire Thread Industry

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Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697

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