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Trials (Witchcraft) Scotland history
Witchcraft -- Scotland -- History Witchcraft -- Social aspects -- Scotland
The crucial step which made witchcraft part of Scottish criminal law (as opposed to a matter for church discipline) is Anentis Witchcraftis 1563 (Acts of the Parliament of Scotland v.2 p.539)
The majority of instances (for which historical records survive) fall between 1590 and 1680 - within which are crisis periods and periods of calm.