The History of Leith

October 9, 2012

Marion Purdy

Marion Purdy, a miserable old creature, ” once
a milkwife and now a beggar,” in the West Port,
was apprehended in 1684 on a charge of witchcraft,
for ” laying frenzies and diseases on her
neighbours,” says Fountainhall; but the King’s
Advocate failed to bring her to the stake, and she
was permitted to perish of cold and starvation in
prison about the Christmas of the same year.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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