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loch ness holiday cottage Grant Cottage Scotland
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All of the revolutionary developments during the second half of the sixteenth century profoundly affected the lives of ordinary loch ness holiday cottage people in Scotland. The Reformers frowned on anything that resembled the medieval church, and attempts were made to ban pilgrimages, feast days and the observance of Christmas, Easter and other festivals. Games, sports and an assorted list of entertainments were forbidden during the loch ness holiday cottage Sabbath.

In these troubled years, too, there was an astonishing outbreak of witchcraft trials, and many unfortunate old loch ness holiday cottage women were persecuted, tortured and burned. This strange phenomenon affected all the countries of Western Europe, but in Scotland it was particularly intense. Between 1560 and 1700, it has been estimated that over 3500 loch ness holiday cottage people were put to death for alleged witchcraft. Sometimes the persecution became so fierce that any old woman who cursed or scolded her neighbours ran grievous risks if they subsequently experienced the slightest loch ness holiday cottage misfortune. Many of the victims themselves believed completely in loch ness holiday cottage witchcraft, and they often gave vivid descriptions of their loch ness holiday cottage cavorting with the Devil and other witches. Here is a confession made by a certain Agnes Sampson in 1590:

Upon the night of Allhallow Even, she, with a great many other loch ness holiday cottage witches to the number of two hundred, went together to sea, each one in a loch ness holiday cottage riddle or a sieve, and went with flaggons of wine, making merry and drinking by the way, to the loch ness holiday cottage kirk of North Berkwick, and after they had landed they took hands and danced the reel or short dance.

The history of loch ness holiday cottage Scotland during the sixteenth century was not all taken up with religious strife and witchcraft, for during this period there was some continuing advance in the general standard of loch ness holiday cottage living. Earlier in the century the kings had begun making improvements to their royal palaces at loch ness holiday cottage Holyrood and Linlithgow, and nobles and merchants followed their example by building larger and more comfortable mansions and castles. Trade with loch ness holiday cottage in France and the Low Countries expanded steadily, and in the second half of the century there were important developments in coal mining and salt manufacturing around the River Forth. By the early seventeenth century, a mine had been cut under the river at loch ness holiday cottage Culross in Fife, and people came from far and wide to see this marvel of the age.

The profits made from loch ness holiday cottage trade and these new industrial ventures enabled the merchants in the burghs to build fine new stone houses, churches and mansions. At Culross, for example, in the early seventeenth century, the local laird, Sir George Bruce, built a princely palace for himself, and many other loch ness holiday cottage stone houses with crow-stepped gables began to appear. In Edinburgh several magnificent mansions were built by powerful merchants and nobles, and the city was rapidly becoming a capital of which the Scots loch ness holiday cottage could be proud. Like most towns of the time, it was often haunted with unpleasant smells, and its streets turned into a puddle of filth and filthiness. However, the Englishman Sir William Brereton, who visited the town in 1633, was most impressed by its loch ness holiday cottage situation and the six-storeyed buildings that had been erected, and spoke with high praise of the loch ness holiday cottage city.