Alleged witch

Records tagged with Keywords: Alleged witch

The eleven victims of the Crook of Devon witch trials in 1662

Other names: 
Agnes Pittendreich, Margaret Hoggin, Christian Grieve, Bessie Henderson, Isabella Rutherford, Robert Wilson, Bessie Neil, Margaret Litster, Janet Paton, Agnes Brugh, Margaret M'Nish, Margaret Young, Agnes Murie
Dates: 
d. 1661-1662

These 10 women and 1 man, Agnes Murrie, Bessie Henderson, Isabella Rutherford, Bessie Neil, Margaret Lister, Agnes Brugli, Janet Paton of Crook of Devon, Janet Paton of Kilduff, Janet Brugh, Christian Grieve and Robert Wilson, were tried and executed between April 1661 and October 1662, accused of Witchcraft. 5 men, including William Halliday of Tullibole Castle, Crook of Devon, Perth and Kinross, and his son John presided at the 5 trials and found the accused guilty.

Sources
PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUITIES
R. Burns Begg, 'NOTICE OF TRIALS FOR WITCHCRAFT AT CROOK OF DEVON,KINROSS-SHIRE, in 1662', PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETYOF ANTIQUITIES, APRIL 9, 1888, pps 211-241

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The Witches Maze
Tullibole Castle website

Janet Horne

Dates: 
Executed 1727

Janet Horne was the last person in Britain to be tried and executed for witchcraft. In 1727 she and her daughter were arrested and jailed in Dornoch. Her crimes, according to her neighbours, were devilish; she was accused of turning her daughter into a pony, and of getting Satan himself to shoe the horse/girl.

At the time of her execution Janet Horne was showing signs of what we would recognise today as senile dementia. Her daughter appears to have had a deformity in her hands and feet, a condition which it is believed she subsequently passed on to her son.

A Forres Witch

Kitty Rankine

Other names: 
Kate Frankie, Kittie Rankie
Dates: 
Died 1603

Kitty Rankine, also known as Kate Frankie, was burned as a witch at Creag nam Ban in 1603.

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