The History of Leith

October 18, 2013

Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

9 January 1644.—Ordained a Comitte to be upo ye processe depending betwixt marione Aitkin and Margt Thomsone to try if yr were any kind of presumptio of witchcraft wherewith ye said marione persued ye said Margt and this comitte to visit ye processe upo fryday after ye morning prayers, ye names were . -.. .
(Note.—Numerous entries occur now in regard to witchcraft. Before condemning this painful superstitution, we should bear in mind that in our own day intelligent persons are to be found who believe that they can converse with the spirits of the departed. Witchcraft was a capital crime, because in the Bible it is said “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Suspicion fell readily upon individuals, whose only ground for being attacked was some physical or mental peculiarity.)

Source-Record of the Session South Leith

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