The reverence (not ‘worship’, as many mistakenly proclaimed) of great trees – be they oaks, ash, or the witch-ridden elders – is universal and found in all cultures. Equally so in the British Isles. In all animistic traditions, trees are imbued with spirits of various forms and are the focus of rites and moots, as well as the source of a great many medicines.  Their reverence is as much an integral part of our natural cosmos as stones, wells, streams, mountains, etc.

  1. Adam & Eve’s Oak, Brierley – see Adam’s Oak
  2. Adam’s Oak, Brierley, South Yorkshire
  3. Bogle Bush, Collace, Perthshire
  4. Crown Tree, Keillor, Perthshire
  5. Druid’s Holly, Killin, Perthshire
  6. Druid’s Oak, Caton, Lancashire
  7. Fair-Haia, Carlton, West Yorkshire
  8. Fairy Oak, Killin, Perthshire
  9. Fortingall Yew, Glen Lyon, Perthshire
  10. Gospel Oak, Hanborough, Oxfordshire
  11. Hanging Tree, Glen Lochay, Killin, Perthshire
  12. Hanging Tree, Killin, Perthshire
  13. Maiden’s Oak, Baswich, Staffordshire
  14. Maypole Tree, Little Paxton, Huntingdonshire
  15. St. Fillan’s Ash, Killin, Perthshire
  16. Snow’s Oak, Acton Trussel, Staffordshire
  17. Trysting Tree, Harthill, South Yorkshire
  18. Wallace’s Oak, Larbert, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
  19. Witch Tree, Aberuthven, Perthshire

© Paul Bennett, The Northern Antiquarian