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Myths and Legends
Doon hill Aberfoyle
The Fairy Minister

Theatre and dancing were banned. Beliefs were tied to scripture and catechism, and the public education system, the great step forward of the Scottish Reformation, was the tool with which to inculcate the masses with Calvinist belief. The people were very much in the grip of the Kirk theocracy, a situation that could, in many ways, be compared with modern day Iran. Indeed when Parliament abolished the hanging and burning of witches in 1784, the Kirk pronounced it "a great national sin."

However the story of the legend that built up around the death of one man shows that, despite the best efforts of Calvinism, other beliefs remained amongst the population at large.

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