Alongside the coast of Fife, in villages like Culross and Pittenweem, background documents that a few ladies have been carried out as witches. however, the truth of what occurred the evening that Janet Cornfoot used to be lynched at Pittenweem is difficult to know as one sits via the harbour looking at the fishing boats dump their trap and the excitement boats emerging with the tide. How may possibly humans do that to an previous girl? Why used to be no-one ever dropped at justice? And why could somebody safeguard this kind of lynching? the duty of the historian is to attempt to make occasions some time past come alive and appear much less unusual. the main points of the witch-hunt are attention-grabbing. a few of the anecdotes are unusual. the fashionable reader reveals it difficult to visualize sickness being blamed at the malevolence of a beggar lady denied charity, or the commercial failure of a sea voyage being attributed to the village hag, no longer undesirable climate. Witch-hunting was once concerning principles, values, attitudes and political occasions. It used to be a sophisticated strategy, concerning non secular and civil gurus, village tensions and the fears of the elite. The witch-hunt in Scotland additionally came about at a time whilst one of many major agendas used to be the production of a righteous or godly society. consequently, spiritual professionals had keep an eye on over elements of people's lives which look as unusual to us this present day as ideals approximately magic or witchcraft. It used to be no longer unintentional that the witch-hunt in Scotland, and particularly in Fife, must have occurred at the moment. This ebook tells the tale of what happened over a interval of a century and a part, and gives a few rationalization as to why it happened.
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2, 271. Bennet is famous as being ‘this very long time lower than an unwell report’. seventy eight. the unique resource of this data is the consultation documents of Dalgety, that are stated in numerous resources. the main available is J. C. R. Buckner, Rambles, 44–46. Ross, Pastoral paintings in Covenanting occasions, 203–204. Benson, South-West Fife, App. 2, 270 and Neale, West Fife, 13–14. seventy nine. there's a notation within the Acts of Parliament of Scotland dated June 27 that a few witches have been being sought in convinced parishes, together with Dalgety and Aberdour. case 1934. APS, vol. 6 p2, 498. Christian Garlick (3205); Isobell Glenn (3206), Benson, South-West Fife, App. 2, 272. additional commissions have been granted in July, on either the 12 and 21. APS vol. 6, p2, 479 (case 3083) and Ibid. Benson additionally notes that during mid July the consultation documents of Dalgety checklist one suspect fleeing, in addition to issues being raised concerning the rate of the rigors. eighty. Dunfermline Presbytery CH2\105\1, 89. Benson, South-West Fife, App. 2, 270. eighty one. Transcription as in Benson, South-West Fife, App. 2, 271. Dunfermline Presbytery CH2\105\1, ninety one. eighty two. Dunfermline Presbytery CH2\105\1, ninety two, ninety three. Benson, South-West Fife, App. 2, 271. eighty three. Dunfermline Presbytery CH2\105\1, ninety three. Benson, South-West Fife, App. 2, 271. eighty four. The word is necessary. in truth, the word is ‘confessing [dying? ] witches’. The observe among confessing and witches is doubtful. CH2\105\1, ninety three. Benson, South-West Fife, App. 2, 271. on the subsequent assembly, on July 2, an analogous request is made. This time the word ‘confessing witches’ is used. CH2\105\1, ninety four. Benson, App. 2, 271. Presbytery didn't meet in the course of the the most important month of July. the subsequent minute is dated August 15, 1649. eighty five. Issobell Leitch (187); Margaret Aytoune (171); Issobell Guthrie (172); Christine Thomsone (169); Rossina Ossit (170); Barbara Chattow (177); Joannet Grege (180); Hellen Douglas (173); Emie Angus (179); Katharine Smyth (176) Margaret Blaikburne (174); Joannet Smetoune (184); Marjorie Fergie (183) Bessie Wilson (182); Mart Greg (181); Hellane Stanhouse (178); Katharine Grieve (186); Margaret Mairtine (185); Issobell Mitchell (175). The resource of those commissions is the Justiciary documents, JC26\13. Names of different accused participants recognized from different resources additionally seem in those confessions. 86. JC 26\13\5. July 10, 1649. The confessions of Margaret Mairtine, Katharin Grieve, and Issobell Leitch. 87. JC 26\13\5 88. Case 2600. Mr John Lamont’s Diary, 12. additionally APS vol, 6, p2, 490. Benson, SouthWest Fife, App. 2, 274. The quote is from Benson. Lamont offers information regrading the suicide. 89. Case 1941. APS vol. 6 p2, 510. Benson, South-West Fife, App. 2, 272. ninety. Mortoun (3207); Phillip (3208). Dunfermline KS CH2\592\1, f98. Benson, South-West Fife, App. 2, 272. ninety one. spouse of Stanehouse (3213) spouse of Smith (3214). The resource for this data is Benson, South-West Fife, App. 2, 272–273. Little different info is called the mins of the Aberdour kirk consultation files CH2\3\1 are very short. ninety two. Case 1944 and 3085. APS vol. 6 p2, 538. Benson, South-West Fife, App. 2, 273. ninety three. Smith (3211); Douglass (3209); Durie (3210).