Witches and Witchtrials in Ireland


Compiled by Marc Carlson
It was last edited 8 January 2013

Please note, this listing is not intended to be exhaustive, but is an ongoing compilation, as this evidence comes out.

Ireland

Date Place # Name Sex Notes and sources:
1324 Ireland, Kilkenny 1 Kyteler, Dame Alice f Charged by Bishop Richard de Ledrede of Ossory and tried by ecclesiastical and secular authorities, along with 7 other women and 4 men "accomplices", for diabolism, invocation, and sorcery (illness and death to own husbands); at least one executed, while the others were whipped, banished or excommunicated.   Dame Alice fled to England. (Sources: Wright, Contemporary Narrative (with commentary).  Lea, History of the Inquisition, III, 456-8; Hansen, Zauberwahn, 341-3; Kittredge, Witchcraft, 52, 94, 122, 144, 177, 415; Ewen, Witchcraft and Demonianism, 30-3; Rose, Razor, 65; Robbins, Encyclopedia, 294; Russell, Witchcraft, 189-93; Cohn, Europe's Inner Demons, 198-204.  Kieckhefer, Richard.  European witch trials)
1324 (11/3) Ireland, Kilkenny 1 Meath, Petronilla de f Dame Alice Kyteler's maid.  Burned as a witch, the first such  burning in Ireland (Sources: Wright, Contemporary Narrative (with commentary).  Lea, History of the Inquisition, III, 456-8; Hansen, Zauberwahn, 341-3; Kittredge, Witchcraft, 52, 94, 122, 144, 177, 415; Ewen, Witchcraft and Demonianism, 30-3; Rose, Razor, 65; Robbins, Encyclopedia, 294; Russell, Witchcraft, 189-93; Cohn, Europe's Inner Demons, 198-204.  Kieckhefer, Richard.  European witch trials)
1327 Ireland, Kilkenny ? ??? ? Burnings for Heresy.  (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 275.)
1353 Ireland, Kilkenny ? ??? ? Burnings for Heresy.  (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 275.)
1578 (11) Ireland, Kilkenny 3 ??? ? Burned. Two Witches and a "Blackamoor".  (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 275.)
1578 Ireland, Kilkenny 36 ??? ? Burned (Source: ?)
1661 (9) Ireland, Cork 1 Newton, Florence f The "Witch of Youghal" was charged with hexing a young servant, Mary Longdon, and causing the death of David Jones.  Although Robbins suggests she was executed, the outcome is unknown.  (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 275, 353.)
1699 Ireland, Antrim 1 ??? ? Burned (Source: ?)
1711 (3/31) Ireland, Antrim, Magee Island 8 ??? ? Sentenced to a year imprisonment.  Last Trial in Ireland.  8 Women charged based on the accusations of 18 year old Mary Dunbar.  (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 329.)

Historical Witches and Witchtrials in Ireland. 

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