The History of Leith

September 9, 2012

Bessie Dunlop “was worried”

Again and again has the same place been the
scene of those revolting executions for sorcery
which disgraced the legal annals of Scotland.
There, in 1570, Bessie Dunlop “was worried” at
the stake for simply practising as a “wise woman”
in curing diseases and recovering stolen goods.
Several others perished in 1590-1; among others,
Euphemie M’Calzean, for consorting with the devil,
abjuring her baptism, making waxen pictures to be
enchanted, raising a storm to drown Anne of
Denmark on her way to Scotland, and so forth

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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