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Grissell Jaffray

Dates: 
Died 1669

Grissell Jaffray, the wife of James Butchart, a burgess in Dundee, was strangled, then burned as a witch in 1669. She was the last person burned for witchcraft in Dundee.

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Alleged witches of St Andrews

In the 16th and 17th centuries, women who were suspected of being witches were thrown into Witch Lake, a tidal pool on the coast at St Andrews. If they drowned they were innocent. If they floated it was evidence of their involvement in witchcraft and they would be dragged out of the water and taken to be burnt at the stake on nearby Witch Hill.

Kate McNiven

Dates: 
d. 1715 or 1563

There are various stories about Kate McNiven which take in more or less, or variations, of what comes below. This is the best description and analysis of Kate McNiven which I have found, reflecting the local folklore of Strathean.

Sources
Chronicles of Strathearn; New Statistical Account
Chronicles of Strathearn (CRIEFF: DAVID PHILIPS,1896); New Statistical Account, Monzie parish, pps 269-70.

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
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