North Berwick is a town in East Lothian, Scotland, on the southern shore at the entrance to the Firth of Forth. It is one of Scotland’s royal burghs. It is known for North Berwick’s Law, a steep hill, or tor, surmounted by iys cairn of whalebones, behind the town and as the site for the notorious North Berwick witches, who, in 1590, allegedly attempted the murder of king James VI of Scotland. They admitted their guilt under torture and were tried with the participation of the king himself. Most were executed.