List of ‘Scottish witches’ published online! {It’ll cost you but!}

The historic pages of a
350-year-old book used to record the names of those accused of
witchcraft in Scotland have been published online for the first time.
The Names of Witches in
Scotland, 1658 collection, digitised from original records held by the
Wellcome Library, holds the names of both women and men who were accused
of witchcraft during a period of Scottish history in which persecution
of supposed witches was rife. The names listed have been published
online for the first time.
The names listed have been published online for the first time. Picture: SWNSAlong with the names and towns of these accused, there are also notes of confession.
About a Helene Minhead of
Irongray, Dumfries, it is written: “Her Confessione Is In The Hands Of
Mr. Patrike Cuamlait Minister At Irongray”.
Other notes give small
insights into the lives of those accused. Jon Gilchreist and Robert
Semple from Dumbarton are recorded as sailors. It’s also recorded that
the spouse of Agnes Watsone of Dumbarton is “umquhile” (deceased).
And, mysteriously, a James
Lerile of Alloway, Ayr, is noted as “clenged”, in other words cleaned or
made clean. While it’s unclear what James’ fate was, it likely meant
banishment or death.
The passing of the Scottish
Witchcraft Act in 1563 made witchcraft, or consulting with witches,
capital crimes in Scotland. It is estimated that between 3,000 and 5,000
women were publicly accused of being witches in 16th and 17th century
Scotland, a much higher number than neighbouring England. As revealed in
these records, some men were also accused of witchcraft during this
period. However, the number of women persecuted was far larger.
The outbreak of witch-hunting
in the years 1658-1662, the period in which this list of names was
created, is generally seen to represent the high water mark of
persecution of accused witches in Scotland. But these people were not
actual witches. Rather, people accused of being a witch were in many
cases healers, part of a tradition of folk medicine. Their treatments
sometimes helped poor communities but accusations of witchcraft could
crop up if they didn’t work.
The names have been published by Ancestry, who specialise in family history and consumer genomics.
Ancestry Senior Content Manager Miriam Silverman said: “Many
of us have donned a black dress, pointy hat and even green face paint
to go to Halloween parties as witches, but that’s our almost comic
interpretation of something mysterious and scary that people feared in
the past. In the 17th century, people believed that the unholy forces of
witchcraft were lurking in their communities, and those accused of
being witches were persecuted on the basis of these dark suspicions.
 Whether your ancestors were accused witches or not, you can find out
more about them and their lives by searching these – and many other
collections – online today.”
Dr Christopher Hilton, Senior Archivist at Wellcome Library said: “This
manuscript offers us a glimpse into a world that often went
undocumented: how ordinary people, outside the mainstream of science and
medicine, tried to bring order and control to the world around them.
This might mean charms and spells, or the use of healing herbs and other
types of folk medicine, or both. We’ll probably never know the
combinations of events that saw each of these individuals accused of
witchcraft. It’s a mysterious document: we know when it entered Henry
Wellcome’s collections, and a little about whose hands it passed through
before that, but not who created it or why. It gives us a fleeting view
of a world beyond orthodox medicine and expensively trained physicians,
in which people in small towns and villages looked for their own routes
to understanding the world and came into conflict with the state for
doing it. We’re delighted to share this insight into the past with a
wider audience.”
To search the Names of Witches in Scotland, 1658 collection and more than 18 billion historical records worldwide, visit ancestry.co.uk.

That is all very fantastic but you have to pay to access any of the information?! {Think it costs your left pinkie toe & eye of newt}

BUT, I found a site where you can get heaps o Scottish witchy info totally FREE!! See bottom of page

The Names of Witches in Scotland
Scottish witchcraft book published online

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HEEBIE JEEBIE A WITCHY FREEBIE! {yeah… i’m sorry! couldn’t help mysel!}

I took a couple of screenshots of charts, I shall leave the rest to you!

Survey of Scottish Witchcraft Database       HOMEPAGE

  • Search the database
    Allows you to create your own search of the
    database. You can call up information about accused witches by name,
    place and date. Or you can examine accusations by choosing specific
    cultural categories and motifs.
  • Show data using interactive graphs
    Links you to our online interactive
    graphing capabilities. You can define and create your own graphs looking
    at witchcraft through time by county, biographical information, and
    cultural categories and motifs.
  • Show data using interactive map
    Opens our online interactive mapping
    capabilities. This feature plots criteria of your choosing onto an
    interactive map of Scotland. Here, you can see how witchcraft
    accusations, cultural motifs, and other factors were distributed across
    Scotland. Or you can break down Scottish witchcraft accusation by decade
    to see how the content of accusations changed over time.
  • Download the entire database for detailed analysis
    Gives you free use of all data recorded for
    the Survey of Scottish Witchcraft Database. This is meant for people
    with a specialist interest in the history of witchcraft. The database is
    in Microsoft Access 97 format and the accompanying database
    documentation is in Microsoft Word


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