The author at The Globe Inn in Dumfries, Scotland. The Inn was frequented by Robert Burns and is visited by characters in her book Faeries, Farms and Folk.
In the 1600s and 1700s, people in the south-west of Scotland lived in cottages and worked the land on common grounds. In winter, the animals lived inside the houses with them. The people's lives were ruled by the kirk (church) and they were very superstitious. Anyone (usually a woman) could be accused of being a witch and condemned.