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Meet the Executioner at Elcho Castle

3 August 2011

Come along to Elcho Castle this Sunday, 7th August and learn all about terrifying tortures from days gone by.

See all the terrifying instruments used to inflict punishments in the past, from pillories to period nails, working scold’s bridles to witches’ collars and cats claws to beheading axes and swords.

Meet  Sandy Dow, St John’s town executioner and hear all about the punishments meted out in times past to wrongdoers including poachers and nagging wives.  Learn  how thieves, adulterers and drunkards would be put on the Pillory with their crime placed around their neck.

Gareth Cheeseman, Historic Scotland’s Event Manager said: “Stories will be told in a light hearted but historically accurate manner about Scotland’s colourful history, from the Medieval period to the witch persecutions, the religious unrest of the 17th century and up to the abolition of the death sentence.   

“There will be lots of audience participation and it will be enjoyed by anyone from age eight and upwards.”

The performances take place at 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm. The cost is included in the admission price:  
Adult £3.20  Child £1.90  Concessions £2.70

Admission free to Historic Scotland members

There will also be performances at Elcho Castle on Sunday 4th September.

Notes for editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.



For further information


Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866
jennifer.johnstonwatt@scotland.gsi.gov.uk