Jump to content


- - - - -

:( Survey of Scottish Witchcraft


This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
15 replies to this topic

#1 Guest_Oakbuchanan_*

Guest_Oakbuchanan_*
  • Guests

Posted 21 April 2009 - 12:38 PM

I spent an afternoon the other day in a bookshop I frequent reading through the records of Witch trial cases in Scotland, it made for a grimm read, but also reafirmed my resolve to fight against and challenge those who claim their way is the one and only way..:fu:


I also came across a site http://webdb.ucs.ed.ac.uk/witches/ that has documented these cases too..
Heres a link to the index of recorded names and unnamed:
http://webdb.ucs.ed....home.searchcase

I have copied and pasted a few that stood out to me here, with the link to the file and the site itself:



http://webdb.ucs.ed....any&pact_op=AND
Case details
The accused Jackson, Margret
Start date 7/1/1677
End date 20/2/1677
Characterisation Demonic
Fairies
Maleficium
Notes on characterisation Main accusation concerned the attempted murder of Maxwell of Pollock by witchcraft. The whole group seems to have had a problem with Maxwell, their landlord - could be that they were doing something in protest.
People involved in case
Name Involvement in case Notes
John Anderson Commissioner
William Barr Confession Witness
James Brisbane Commissioner
Allan Dougall Confession Witness
Patrick Houstoun Commissioner
David Kennedy Confession Witness
John Preston Commissioner
John Shaw Commissioner
John Wallace Confession Witness
James Wallace Confession Witness
Trials associated with this case
Jackson,Margret (trial date 14/2/1677) Mixed central/local
Qualitative information
Non-natural beings
Notes She confessed that she joined the Devil at the last harvest. Devil described as a black man, with a bluish band, white hand cuffs, and hogers (leg coverings) with no shoes, and with cloven fee. His name was Ejuall. His voice was described as 'hough and goushe'. In addition to the devil she was visited in bed at night by a spirit that looked like her dead husband, but she later realized it was the devil.
Appearance of Non-natural beings
Type of being Notes
Male black man
Spirit a man like her dead husband

Demonic pact
Type of pact Notes
Anti-baptism
Devil's Mark
Head and foot
New name Locas
Sex
Witches' Meetings
Witches' meeting Yes
Devil present Yes
Maleficium Yes

Notes There were two meetings described in confessions of this group to destroy Maxwell of Pollock. The first in 10/1676, the second on 4/1/1677. Both involved image magic.
Witches' Meeting Place
Place Location
John Stewart's House
Mathie's House
own house House
Folk Culture
Elphane/Fairyland Yes
Specific ritual acts Yes
Sympathetic magic Yes
Folk Notes Accused of attempted murder by roasting wax/clay figures in a fire and inserting pins in the image. Wax images were found.
Elf/fairy elements
12:00
Ritual objects
Fire
Pin

Wax/clay images

Diseases/Illness
Human illness Yes
Other charges
Murder

http://webdb.ucs.ed....any&pact_op=AND
Case details
The accused Hunter, Marion
Start date 8/11/1649
End date 18/4/1650
Characterisation Demonic
Implicated by another witch
Notes on characterisation Accused by Janet Coutts but Hunter later made a confession about demonic pact
People involved in case
Name Involvement in case Notes
Robert Birnie Investigator applied to committee of estates for commission
George Cathie Witch-pricker brought to examine accused
Patrick Craig Investigator
James Cuningham Investigator
James Cuningham Investigator
William Douglas Investigator gave details in to presbytery
Gideon Fathie Investigator
John Home Investigator was to apply for commission
Richard Inglis Investigator
Alexander Lindsay Investigator brought suspects to Lanark
William Lockhart Investigator brought suspects to Lanark
William Morton Minister preached at Crawford and attempted to find witnesses
Robert Sempill Investigator
William Somerville Investigator
Alexander Tenant Investigator
John Veitch Investigator
James Veitch Investigator
John Wilson Investigator but died in 12/1649
Trials associated with this case
Hunter,Marion Local trial
Qualitative information
Appearance of Non-natural beings
Type of being Notes
Animal Devil young dog
Animal Devil young brown dog

Male
Demonic pact
Type of pact Notes
Devil's Mark on shoulder
Servant
Witches' Meetings
Witches' meeting Yes
Devil present Yes
Witches' Meeting Place
Place Location
Gallowbeirnie Hill Hilltop
Folk Culture
Diseases/Illness


http://webdb.ucs.ed....any&pact_op=AND
Case details
The accused Johnston, David
Start date 11/7/1661
End date 29/7/1661
Characterisation Demonic
People involved in case
Name Involvement in case Notes
James Byres Confession Witness
James Hodge Confession Witness
John Maitland Investigator claimed the escheats from his property
James Wickedshaw Confession Witness
Trials associated with this case
Johnston,David (trial date 29/7/1661) Mixed central/local
Qualitative information
Non-natural beings
Notes Got the mark when the Devil put his finger on his leg.
Appearance of Non-natural beings
Type of being Notes
Male meikle grim man in black clothes
Male in black clothes

Demonic pact
Type of pact Notes
Anti-baptism
Devil's Mark on his leg
New name William
Servant
Witches' Meetings
Witches' meeting Yes
Devil present Yes
Dancing Yes
Witches' Meeting Place
Place Location
Burrow Mure Moor
Wolmet Bank Bank Head
Folk Culture
Diseases/Illness
Other charges
Sorcery


#2 AnjelWolf

AnjelWolf

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 8,727 posts

Posted 21 April 2009 - 02:26 PM

I spent an afternoon the other day in a bookshop I frequent reading through the records of Witch trial cases in Scotland, it made for a grimm read, but also reafirmed my resolve to fight against and challenge those who claim their way is the one and only way..:fu:


I also came across a site http://webdb.ucs.ed.ac.uk/witches/ that has documented these cases too..
Heres a link to the index of recorded names and unnamed:
http://webdb.ucs.ed....home.searchcase

I have copied and pasted a few that stood out to me here, with the link to the file and the site itself:



http://webdb.ucs.ed....any&pact_op=AND
Case details
The accused Jackson, Margret
Start date 7/1/1677
End date 20/2/1677
Characterisation Demonic
Fairies
Maleficium
Notes on characterisation Main accusation concerned the attempted murder of Maxwell of Pollock by witchcraft. The whole group seems to have had a problem with Maxwell, their landlord - could be that they were doing something in protest.
People involved in case
Name Involvement in case Notes
John Anderson Commissioner
William Barr Confession Witness
James Brisbane Commissioner
Allan Dougall Confession Witness
Patrick Houstoun Commissioner
David Kennedy Confession Witness
John Preston Commissioner
John Shaw Commissioner
John Wallace Confession Witness
James Wallace Confession Witness
Trials associated with this case
Jackson,Margret (trial date 14/2/1677) Mixed central/local
Qualitative information
Non-natural beings
Notes She confessed that she joined the Devil at the last harvest. Devil described as a black man, with a bluish band, white hand cuffs, and hogers (leg coverings) with no shoes, and with cloven fee. His name was Ejuall. His voice was described as 'hough and goushe'. In addition to the devil she was visited in bed at night by a spirit that looked like her dead husband, but she later realized it was the devil.
Appearance of Non-natural beings
Type of being Notes
Male black man
Spirit a man like her dead husband

Demonic pact
Type of pact Notes
Anti-baptism
Devil's Mark
Head and foot
New name Locas
Sex
Witches' Meetings
Witches' meeting Yes
Devil present Yes
Maleficium Yes

Notes There were two meetings described in confessions of this group to destroy Maxwell of Pollock. The first in 10/1676, the second on 4/1/1677. Both involved image magic.
Witches' Meeting Place
Place Location
John Stewart's House
Mathie's House
own house House
Folk Culture
Elphane/Fairyland Yes
Specific ritual acts Yes
Sympathetic magic Yes
Folk Notes Accused of attempted murder by roasting wax/clay figures in a fire and inserting pins in the image. Wax images were found.
Elf/fairy elements
12:00
Ritual objects
Fire
Pin

Wax/clay images

Diseases/Illness
Human illness Yes
Other charges
Murder

http://webdb.ucs.ed....any&pact_op=AND
Case details
The accused Hunter, Marion
Start date 8/11/1649
End date 18/4/1650
Characterisation Demonic
Implicated by another witch
Notes on characterisation Accused by Janet Coutts but Hunter later made a confession about demonic pact
People involved in case
Name Involvement in case Notes
Robert Birnie Investigator applied to committee of estates for commission
George Cathie Witch-pricker brought to examine accused
Patrick Craig Investigator
James Cuningham Investigator
James Cuningham Investigator
William Douglas Investigator gave details in to presbytery
Gideon Fathie Investigator
John Home Investigator was to apply for commission
Richard Inglis Investigator
Alexander Lindsay Investigator brought suspects to Lanark
William Lockhart Investigator brought suspects to Lanark
William Morton Minister preached at Crawford and attempted to find witnesses
Robert Sempill Investigator
William Somerville Investigator
Alexander Tenant Investigator
John Veitch Investigator
James Veitch Investigator
John Wilson Investigator but died in 12/1649
Trials associated with this case
Hunter,Marion Local trial
Qualitative information
Appearance of Non-natural beings
Type of being Notes
Animal Devil young dog
Animal Devil young brown dog

Male
Demonic pact
Type of pact Notes
Devil's Mark on shoulder
Servant
Witches' Meetings
Witches' meeting Yes
Devil present Yes
Witches' Meeting Place
Place Location
Gallowbeirnie Hill Hilltop
Folk Culture
Diseases/Illness


http://webdb.ucs.ed....any&pact_op=AND
Case details
The accused Johnston, David
Start date 11/7/1661
End date 29/7/1661
Characterisation Demonic
People involved in case
Name Involvement in case Notes
James Byres Confession Witness
James Hodge Confession Witness
John Maitland Investigator claimed the escheats from his property
James Wickedshaw Confession Witness
Trials associated with this case
Johnston,David (trial date 29/7/1661) Mixed central/local
Qualitative information
Non-natural beings
Notes Got the mark when the Devil put his finger on his leg.
Appearance of Non-natural beings
Type of being Notes
Male meikle grim man in black clothes
Male in black clothes

Demonic pact
Type of pact Notes
Anti-baptism
Devil's Mark on his leg
New name William
Servant
Witches' Meetings
Witches' meeting Yes
Devil present Yes
Dancing Yes
Witches' Meeting Place
Place Location
Burrow Mure Moor
Wolmet Bank Bank Head
Folk Culture
Diseases/Illness
Other charges
Sorcery





It truly does make for a grim read Oak. Once of my ancestors, Katherine Gerard was one of the witches who were killed in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Droghon hs a healthy amount of information pertaining to the Scottish era...as well as I.

I will look around here later and see if I can post some of it later.


#3 Morgana

Morgana

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,972 posts

Posted 22 April 2009 - 12:58 AM

All I can say is WOW!!! There is a lot of books about the Salem Witch Trials here, but this is just......WOW....:rolleyes_witch:
Earth as Body become Me
Air as Life breathe through Me
Fire as Spirit consume Me
Water as Blood flow through Me
Spirit as Guide lead Me

#4 PreciousPebble

PreciousPebble

    Member

  • Seekers
  • PipPip
  • 24 posts

Posted 22 April 2009 - 06:53 AM

It's amazing how many were driven to confess when they were totally innocent. At least of being in contact with the devil and all that malarkey.
'You couldn't set out to be a good witch or a bad witch. It never worked for long. All you could try to be was a witch, as hard as you could.'

#5 rosielj

rosielj

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 174 posts

Posted 22 April 2009 - 08:12 AM

Really fascinating and interesting... but yet grim documents Oak.
I have been doing a bit of digging around for any Welsh Witchcraft Trials, and was pleasantly surprised to find how many of the Universities here now have the history of Witchcraft as part of their Degrees.

Compared to Scotland and England (not sure about Ireland?) We seem to have got off lightly here in Wales. I could only find documentation of three Witches that were put to their death, and they were all Welsh Women who were living over the border and therefore put to death in England. Not one (that I can find record of anyway) was put to death in Wales.

The Welsh seemed to have a tolerance and unusual acceptance of Witches possibly because the Welsh Druidic traditions.
From what I have read through the Welsh Library of Wales resources Witches were regarded as natural inheritors of the old wisdom and commanded respect in the rural communities, with locals seeking their help with matters pertaining to their crops, sick children etc. A good few were taken to trials, but compared to other areas seemed to get off relatively lightly.


#6 Guest_Oakbuchanan_*

Guest_Oakbuchanan_*
  • Guests

Posted 22 April 2009 - 09:26 AM

It truly does make for a grim read Oak. Once of my ancestors, Katherine Gerard was one of the witches who were killed in Aberdeen, Scotland.


Droghon hs a healthy amount of information pertaining to the Scottish era...as well as I.

I will look around here later and see if I can post some of it later.


That would be great... thanks...


#7 LadyHawk

LadyHawk

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,087 posts

Posted 22 April 2009 - 10:43 AM

It's strange really, I'm Scottish to the bone with not a trace of even lowlanders anywhere in my background, but I can't get worked up about the witch trials etc. As an historical exercise they certainly make interesting reading and the persecution was horrendous, but these were simple people in simple times and what wasn't understood was destroyed. The religious fanatisicm that led to these sort of events is still very much alive today and will be for many years to come. It's the nature of humans to trash what they cannot accept or understand and it is in us all.
LadyHawk x

#8 Ancestral Celt

Ancestral Celt

    Hermit

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,162 posts

Posted 22 April 2009 - 10:21 PM

I also came across a site ...


Was that from the link I posted at Survey of Scottish Witchcraft? :lol:

I must admit I am always seeking information on witchcraft in Scotland, but its never easy to find.


#9 Night_raven

Night_raven

    Member

  • Seekers
  • PipPip
  • 15 posts

Posted 23 April 2009 - 12:39 AM

Really fascinating and interesting... but yet grim documents Oak.
I have been doing a bit of digging around for any Welsh Witchcraft Trials, and was pleasantly surprised to find how many of the Universities here now have the history of Witchcraft as part of their Degrees.

Compared to Scotland and England (not sure about Ireland?) We seem to have got off lightly here in Wales. I could only find documentation of three Witches that were put to their death, and they were all Welsh Women who were living over the border and therefore put to death in England. Not one (that I can find record of anyway) was put to death in Wales.

The Welsh seemed to have a tolerance and unusual acceptance of Witches possibly because the Welsh Druidic traditions.
From what I have read through the Welsh Library of Wales resources Witches were regarded as natural inheritors of the old wisdom and commanded respect in the rural communities, with locals seeking their help with matters pertaining to their crops, sick children etc. A good few were taken to trials, but compared to other areas seemed to get off relatively lightly.

I found the same result as you have, but then, Wales took a long time to be converted by the church, so a lot of the old ways were not as feared as much as the church would have liked. There's a a lot of Witch folk stories, but most of them are just that.

That said, any reading of the horrors that were inflicted on innocent people makes for a grim one!


#10 Guest_Oakbuchanan_*

Guest_Oakbuchanan_*
  • Guests

Posted 23 April 2009 - 08:42 AM

Was that from the link I posted at Survey of Scottish Witchcraft? :lol:


lol no actually, and thankyou for highlighting my blunder! :) just seperate paths leading to the same crossing I assure you....although and Im sure you would agree.. another reminder can never be a bad thing...


#11 Rowan's Light

Rowan's Light

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 612 posts

Posted 24 April 2009 - 12:07 PM

:P me first, I posted it on Anjel's thread on Scottish Witchcraft:vhappywitch:

I find it really interesting, probably because I live in the centre of where a lot of the Trials were held. You can see a hanging site from where I live (Hag Brae - ingenious whomever came up with that name).

The fact that those who accused a person of witchcraft gained the victims belongings and wealth show it wasn't all just fear of the craft.

I think that it was mainly Scotland and England which were affected from what I've read - The Welsh had more sense.


#12 Mountain Witch

Mountain Witch

    Practical b/witch

  • Moderators
  • 3,826 posts

Posted 24 April 2009 - 01:40 PM

I think that it was mainly Scotland and England which were affected from what I've read - The Welsh had more sense.


Umm ... think about who was king at that time ... James I (of England) who was also James VI (of Scotland). The guy had a deep hatred of "witches" and from everything I've read, things didn't get bad there until he came to the throne. This is the same guy who changed "poisoner" in the bible to "witch" in the "King James Version", as well as changing "magi" to "wise men".

For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
~ Henri Frederic Amiel

You can access my blog and get autographed copies of my books through my website


#13 Rowan's Light

Rowan's Light

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 612 posts

Posted 24 April 2009 - 02:43 PM

Good Point - I never thought of it that way:thumbsup:

#14 Night_raven

Night_raven

    Member

  • Seekers
  • PipPip
  • 15 posts

Posted 24 April 2009 - 09:15 PM

This is the same guy who changed "poisoner" in the bible to "witch" in the "King James Version", as well as changing "magi" to "wise men".

And who changed most of the key names in the book so as to claim a lineage to Jesus. Good job his book flopped!!:lol_witch:


#15 Night_raven

Night_raven

    Member

  • Seekers
  • PipPip
  • 15 posts

Posted 24 April 2009 - 09:32 PM

This is the same guy who changed "poisoner" in the bible to "witch" in the "King James Version", as well as changing "magi" to "wise men".

And who changed most of the key names in the book so as to claim a lineage to Jesus. Good job his book flopped!!:lol_witch:


#16 Night_raven

Night_raven

    Member

  • Seekers
  • PipPip
  • 15 posts

Posted 24 April 2009 - 09:39 PM

This is the same guy who changed "poisoner" in the bible to "witch" in the "King James Version", as well as changing "magi" to "wise men".

And who changed most of the key names in the book so as to claim a lineage to Jesus. Good job his book flopped!!:lol_witch: