New mural features dark chapter in Forfar's history

One of the darkest chapters in Forfar’s history is the subject of the last in a series of murals to be placed around the town as part of a public art project.

Mark Dowie
Sunday, 24th April 2022, 7:00am
New mural features dark chapter in Forfar's history

The latest addition, ‘The Accused’, is a dramatic depiction of those Forfar residents who were caught up in the hysteria of the witch hunts which swept across Scotland in the mid-17th century.

At least 22 women from the area were executed as a result of the witch trials held in the mid-1660s.

The mural, which has been placed at The Myre car park, behind the library, has been painted by artists Andrew Rose and Kayleigh Skye Esplin, who also completed three others around the town - 'Restenneth Priory' on East High Street, 'Birdlife of the Loch' at the Ranger's Centre at Lochside and 'Life of a Guide Dog' on Queenswell Road.

Sponsored by Forfar Action Network (FAN) and EventScotland, the works were co-ordinated by Lynne Devine, local councillor and member of FAN.

She said: "This last mural may have been a long time coming, but it's absolutely worth the wait. I hope people will take the time to walk around the town and enjoy these beautiful murals. In all of them the detail is fantastic, the colours so rich and they brighten up walls which needed a bit of TLC."

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