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Borders Bletherings – all things witchy in the Borders

The latest instalment of my podcast Borders Bletherings is now out. Listen on spotify, amazon music, apple podcasts, google podcasts or via out website as Doug and I blether about all things witchy in the Borders. https://bordersbletherings.uk/

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Borders Bletherings

My new podcast Borders Bletherings starts today. Catch it via the website https://bordersbletherings.uk or via Spotify/Googlepodcasts/Amazonmusic/Applepodcats For many people Scottish history starts and ends with the highlands. Join me and my mate Doug every fortnight as we blether about the … Continue reading

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Agnes Fynnie

On the 11 July 1644 Agnes Fynnie was arrested and sent to the Tolbooth in Edinburgh. There were twenty charges of witchcraft and sorcery on the court dittay. That whereas by the eighteenth chapter of Deuteronomyand the twentieth of Leviticus, and … Continue reading

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Kelso, 1662

On 12 June 1662, Sir Archibald Douglas of Kelso obtained a Commission from the Privy Council to try four accused witches: Bessie Thomson, Malie Jonstoun, Agnes Quarie and Malie Turnbull. Douglas was a fervent Covenanter and was extremely outspoken in … Continue reading

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Tell me more – Midlothian Witches

A short podcast with Lea Taylor and me chatting about witches in Midlothian.

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Weir the Warlock

Thomas Weir was born in Carluke in 1599. He was a signatory to the Solemn League and Covenant. He served in the Covenanter army and in 1650, became commander of the Edinburgh Town Guard. While commander, he began each day … Continue reading

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John Kincaid the witch brodder

Witch brodders or witch prickers were one of the few individuals involved in witchcraft trials that made a living. They were paid for every witch they detected. They were the specialist who could find the ‘Devil’s Mark’ on a suspected … Continue reading

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Proof in witchcraft cases

The courts in Scotland in the 17th century recognised four ‘proofs’ of witchcraft. Having a bad reputation, being a ‘quarrelsome dame’ or having a history of bad behaviour was the first proof. This proof was the weakest the courts recognised … Continue reading

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An Edinburgh ‘witch’

I am currently writing the story of an Edinburgh woman who was put on trial in 1645 as a witch. An ordinary woman she was trying to survive in a world of famine, plague and civil war with an absent … Continue reading

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Florian Poels the Printer

Meet Florian Poels, a printer from my book Beside The Annexe ‘I’m sorry Mr Poels but Mr Frank is not here and left no word about any order with you.’ Florian glared at Miep as she sat calmly behind her … Continue reading

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