Witches and Witchtrials in Scotland


Compiled by Marc Carlson
It was last edited 9 June 2004

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

Scotland

Date Place # Name Sex Notes and sources:
??? Scotland 1 Dunhome, Margaret f Burned (Source: ?)
???? Scotland 1 Barton, William m Executed (Source: ?)
1479 Scotland 1 Earl of Mar m Executed for employing witches to kill his brother, James III. (Source: Ewen, Witch Hunting, 42. Kiechhefer, Richard. European witch trials. Berkeley, 1979)
1479 Scotland, Edinburgh 12+ ??? ? 12 women and "several" men burned (Source: ?)
1537 Scotland 1 Lady Glamis f Charged with using charms on James V (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 455).
1557 (7/17) Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Douglas, Janet f Burned at Castle, Hill (Source: ?)
1563-1603 Scotland 17,000+ ? ? Executed or Tried? (Source: ?)  This number is a little high, considering the lack of source.
1569 Scotland, St.Andrews 1 Steward, William f Hanged (Source: ?)
1572 Scotland 1 Bowman, Janet f Burned (Source: ?)
1572 Scotland, St.Andrews 1 ??? ? Burned (Source: ?)
1576 Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Dunlop, Bessie of Lyne f Burned at Castle Hill (for being a member of a coven of eight women and four men, and for receiving herbs from the Queen of the Faeries) (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 455).
1587-1628 Scotland 20? ? ? Executed in the reign of King James VI and I of England. (Source: ?)
1588 (5/28) Scotland, Fifeshire 1 Pearson, Alison f Burned (for receiving herbs and potions from the Queen of Elfame) (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 455)
1590 Scotland 1 Lady Foullis f Charged with using charms on Lady Balnagowen (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 455).
1591 Scotland 1 Duncan, Gellie (Aka Gilly) f Hanged. The first "North Berwick Witch" (Source:  Robbins, Encyclopedia, 359)
1591 (1/30) Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Fian, John m (aka Cunningham, John) Burned  (May have been executed on January 23rd instead) "North Berwick Witch" (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 196, 359).
1592 (2) Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Graham, Richard m Burnt. "North Berwick Witch" (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 359)
1591 (7/25) Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Maclean, Dame Euphemia f Burned Alive at the order of King James "North Berwick Witch" (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 359)
1591 Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Napier, Barbara f Sister in law of the Laird of Carshoggill.  The case was dismissed by the jury, but she was condemned to death by King James. She
plead pregancy, and eventually set free "North Berwick Witch" (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 359)
1591 Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Sampson, Agnes f (aka Sampsoune, Agnes) "Wise Woman of Keith". Tried, Strangled, and Burnt "North Berwick Witch" (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 359; Wedeck, A Treasury of Witchcraft).
1591 Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Bothwell, Francis m Earl of Bothwell. Fled the Country.  "North Berwick Witch" (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 359; Kittredge, Witchcraft, 278)
1595(12/16) Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Balfour, Alison f (possibly Margaret Balfour) Confessed under torture, recanted, then burned (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 456).
1595 Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Balfour, (fnu) m (Husband) 81 year old man pressed under 700 pound of Iron bars.
(Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 456).
1595 Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Balfour, (fnu) m (Son) Legs destroyed in Spanish boots. (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 456).
1595 Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Balfour, (fnu) m (Daughter) 7 years old, tortured with thumbscrews (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 456).
1595 Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Palpa, Thomas m Balfour's servant.   Confessed under torture, recanted, then burned (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 456).
1596 Scotland, St.Andrews 1 Paris, (fnu) f Hanged
1596 (11) Scotland 1 Stewart, Christian f strangled and burned
1596 (10) Scotland 1 Jollie, Alison f executed
1597 (2)  Scotland, Aberdeen 22 ??? ? Burned (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 19)
1597 (2) Scotland, Aberdeen 1 Wishart, "Old Janet" f Burned.  One of 24 "Aberdeen Witches" mentioned above (Source:
Robbins, Encyclopedia, 19).
1597 (2) Scotland, Aberdeen 1 Crocker, Isabel f Burned.  One of 24 "Aberdeen Witches" mentioned above (Source:
Robbins, Encyclopedia, 19).
1607 (3) Scotland 1 Grierson, Isobel f Burned (Sources: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 457; Wedeck, A Treasury of Witchcraft).
1608 (5/27) Scotland, Lang Nydrie 1 Tod, Beigis f burned
1608 Scotland, Breehin ? "A number of women" f burned
1618 Scotland 1 Barclay, Margaret f Trial based on the threat of a witch, resulting in the torture and deaths of four of the accused.
1621 Scotland, Inverkeithing 1 Harlow, Bessie f Tried
1621 Scotland, Inverkeithing 1 Hamyltoun, Christiane f Tried
1621 Scotland, Inverkeithing 1 Kent, Margaret f Tried
1621 Scotland, Inverkeithing 1 Mundie, Beatrice f Tried
1621 Scotland, Inverkeithing 1 Chalmers, Bessie f Tried
1621 Scotland, Inverkeithing 1 Chatto, Marioun f Tried
1622 Scotland, Glasgow 1 Wallace, Margaret f executed
1622 Scotland ("North") 1 Scottie, Agnes f Burned
1622 Scotland ("North") 1 Jones, Katherine f Burned
1622 Scotland ("North") 1 Reoch, Elspeth f Burned
1622 Scotland ("North") 1 Yullock, Agnes  f Burned
1622 Scotland ("North") 1 Couper, Marable f Burned
1622 Scotland ("North") 1 Dyneis, Jonkaf f Burned
1623 Scotland, Perth ? ??? ? (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 457).
1629 Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Hunter, Alexander m Burned
1629  Scotland, East Lothian 1 Young, Isobel f Of Eastbarns.   Convicted, Strangled and Burned (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 456).
1636(11/19) Scotland, Kirkaldy 1 Coke, William m Burned (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 114).
1636(11/19) Scotland, Kirkaldy 1 Dick, Allison f Burned (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 114).
1643 Scotland 1 Barker, Janet f burned
1643 Scotland 1 Peebles, Marion f burned
1643 Scotland 1 Fynnie, Agnes f burned
1643 Scotland 1 Lauder, Margaret  f burned
1643 Scotland 1 Brown, Janet f burned
1643 Scotland 1 Brugh, John m burned
1643  Scotland, Orkney 1 Cumlaquoy, Marian f burned
1648-1650  Scotland 220 + ??? ? In England and Scotland, on evidence of a Scottish Witch-finder
1649 Scotland, Burncastle 1 Dunhome, Margaret  f Burned (aka Dinham, Dollmoune) (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 114).
1654-6  Scotland, Glenluce 1 ? m A begger is hanged; the poltergeist Glenluce Devil (probably the teenaged Thomas Campbell) harrassed a local minister (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 457).
1652 Scotland, Highlands 4 ??? ? Died under torture (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 456).
1652  Scotland, Highlands 2 ??? ? Escaped from torture to report to the "English Commission for administration of justice" (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 456).
1658  Scotland, Edinburgh 18 ??? ? Burned at Castle Hill
1661 Scotland 1 Smith, Isobel f Tried (Source: Wedeck, A Treasury of Witchcraft).
1661 Scotland 1 Allen, Janet f burned (Source: Wedeck, A Treasury of Witchcraft).
1662 Scotland, Auldearne 1 Gowdie, Isobel f "Queen of the Witches".  She recounted a total listing of her background in witchcraft.  Her final fate is unknown (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 232; Wedeck, A Treasury of Witchcraft).
1662 Scotland 1 Lamont, Marie f ??? (Source: Wedeck, A Treasury of Witchcraft).
1670 (4/11) Scotland 1 Weir, Thomas m A 70 or 76 year old ex-Covenanter Major confessed to incest, adultery and bestiality (although witchcraft wasn't formally charged, it appears to have been taken for granted).  Strangled and burned between Edinburgh and Leith (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 457, 534).
1670 (4/12) Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Weir, Jane f Thomas Weir's sister. Confessed.  Strangled and burned (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 457, 534)
1670 Scotland 1 Oswald, Catherine  burned
1670 Scotland, Edinburgh 1 Drummond, Alexander f executed
1678 Scotland, Prestonpans 11 ??? ? burned
1678 Scotland, St. Andrews  1 ??? ? burned
1680 Scotland 1 Thompson, Annaple f burned
1680 Scotland 1 Hamilton, Margaret  f burned
1680 Scotland 1 Pringle, Margaret f burned
1680 Scotland 1 Craw, William m burned
1680 Scotland 1 Vickar, Bessie f burned
1697 (6/10) Scotland, Strathclyde, Paisley 5 ??? ? burned
1697 Scotland, Strathclyde, Renfrew 7 ??? ? burned.  "24 persons indicted and 7 witches of Renfrew burned following charges of witchcraft by 11 year old Christine Shaw" (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 457).
1697 Scotland 1 Reid, John m Hung himself in Prison
1704 Scotland, Pittenweem 1 Corset, Janet f (aka, Cornfoot, Corfeitt, Corphat, Carset).  Killed by a mob. (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 386, 456).
1704 Scotland, Pittenweem 1 Brown, Thomas m Starved to death in the Dungeon. (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 386)
1704 Scotland, Pittenweem 1 Laing, Beatrix f Tortured, confessed implicating others.  She retracted her confession and was imprisoned for months, eventually being freed.  Having to flee the mob, she finally died at St. Andrews (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 386).
1704 Scotland, Pittenweem 1 Lawson, Mrs Nicholas f Accused. (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 386).
1705 Scotland, Spott "Many" ??? ? Burned
1705 Scotland, Spott 1 Rattray, George m Executed
1705 Scotland, Spott 1 Rattray, Lachlan  m Executed
1709 Scotland, Ross? 1 Ross, Elsbeth f Last person tried for a general charge of being a notorious witch. She was branded and banished (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 456).
c1718 Scotland, Caithness 2 ??? ? The sheriff of Caithness was said to have killed two witches based on the complaint of William Montgomery who was plagued by cats (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 456).
1720 Scotland, Calder  ? ??? f Women charged on the accusations of Lord Torphichen. 2 of whom died in jail (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 457)
1722 Scotland 1 ??? f (Mother) Burned
1722 Scotland 1 ??? f (Daughter) Burned
1727 Scotland, Ross 1 Horne, Janet f Burned for using her daughter as a flying horse (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 456).
1727  Scotland, Ross 1 Horne, (fnu) f (Daughter)Charges dismissed by the judge (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 456).

Historical Witches and Witchtrials in Scotland. 

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