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

© Paul Bennett, The Northern Antiquarian