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The Scottish Witch Hunt in Context

Author : Julian Goodare
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This book is a collection of essays on Scottish witchcraft and witch-hunting, which covers the whole period of the Scottish witch-hunt, from the mid-16th century to the early 18th. It particularly emphasizes the later stages, since scholars are now as keen to explain why witch-hunting declined as why it occurred. There are studies of particular witchcraft panics, including a reassessment of the role of King James VI. The book thus covers a wide range of topics concerned with Scottish witch-hunting - and also places it in the context of other topics: gender relations, folklore, magic and healing, and moral regulation by church and state.

The Scottish Witch The Chattan Curse

Author : Cathy Maxwell
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Local legend has it that any male of the Chattan family who falls in love will die—which is the basis for the marvelous historical romance series by New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell, The Chattan Curse. The Chattan legend continues in the second installment, The Scottish Witch, as the action and romance moves to the Scottish Highlands, where one determined man, fighting for his family’s honor, is mesmerized by a beautiful enchantress for whom he is willing to risk everything. The Scottish Witch is a powerful story of courage, love, fate, and devotion that will delight fans of Christina Dodd and Jennifer Ashley, featuring the sort of sexy, fearless, enormously appealing and unforgettable hero that RITA Award finalist Maxwell is known and loved for.

The Great Scottish Witch Hunt

Author : P. G. Mawell-Stuart
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Scotland, in common with the rest of Europe, was troubled from time to time by outbreaks of witchcraft which the authorities sought to contain and then to suppress, and the outbreak of 1658-1662 is generally agreed to represent the high water mark of Scottish persecution. These were peculiar years for Scotland. For nine years Scotland was effectively an English province with largely English officials in charge. In 1660 this suddenly changed, so the threat to church and state from a plague of witches was particularly disturbing. The tension between imported official English attitudes to witchcraft and the revived fervor of Calvinist religion combined to produce a peculiar atmosphere in which the activities of witches drew hostile attention to an unprecedented degree.

Witch Hunting in Scotland

Author : Brian P. Levack
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Shortlisted for the 2008 Katharine Briggs Award Witch-Hunting in Scotland presents a fresh perspective on the trial and execution of the hundreds of women and men prosecuted for the crime of witchcraft, an offence that involved the alleged practice of maleficent magic and the worship of the devil, for inflicting harm on their neighbours and making pacts with the devil. Brian P. Levack draws on law, politics and religion to explain the intensity of Scottish witch-hunting. Topics discussed include: the distinctive features of the Scottish criminal justice system the use of torture to extract confessions the intersection of witch-hunting with local and national politics the relationship between state-building and witch-hunting and the role of James VI Scottish Calvinism and the determination of zealous Scottish clergy and magistrates to achieve a godly society. This original survey combines broad interpretations of the rise and fall of Scottish witchcraft prosecutions with detailed case studies of specific witch-hunts. Witch-Hunting in Scotland makes fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in witchcraft or in the political, legal and religious history of the early modern period.

An Abundance of Witches

Author : P. G. Maxwell-Stuart
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Scotland, as with the rest of Europe, was troubled from time to time by outbreaks of witchcraft which the authorities sought to contain and then to suppress, and the outbreak of 1658-1662 is generally agreed to represent the high water mark of Scottish persecution. These were peculiar years for Scotland. For 9 years Scotland was effectively an English province with largely English officials in charge, but in 1660 this suddenly changed. The tension between imported official English attitudes to witchcraft and the revived fervor of Calvinist religion combined to produce a peculiar atmosphere in which the activities of witches drew hostile attention to an unprecedented degree.

Flying by Night

Author : Sheila McGregor
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This book is a DIY guide to the wonderful world of the Scottish witch. It is full of spells, ancient lore and vanished magic but underneath, always, it is full of the most surprising realities. Some discoveries explored in the following pages are as plain as a pikestaff; others are still only shadowy suggestions, the starting-point for much more work. As far as possible in a single volume, this volume provides a mound of material in which to mine for gold. Some of these new ideas are proven by the author 'beyond reasonable doubt'. The historical equivalence of witches with the imaginary, pervasive Scottish 'fairies' is demonstrated. A more contentious perception is that the archaic Gaelic of witches' testimonies in witch trials was the source of much confusion and creative invention. Often English recording clerks and other writers who spoke only English struggled at the 'clerical interface' to interpret what was being said in Ancient Gaelic. Some nonsensical magical belief seem to have arisen from clerks, with no Gaelic, asking questions of the illiterate witch, who had little or no English. The clerk makes his record in English, garbling the original Gaelic into phonetic English. By unpicking the weave of such mis-translations in Scottish witch trial records, the author shows, for example, how an original hunting metaphor meaning 'as fast as possible' was misinterpreted as evidence that witches flew by night to their meetings. Where we find such 'supernatural' nonsense in the records, it may not, after all, have been the stuff of dreams and nightmares, but more prosaically a record of misconstrued Gaelic replies to questions barely understood by the witches on trial. This book is dedicated to the pagan healers, midwives, wise women and wise men of Scotland, put to death by ignorant and prejudiced men in the years following the Reformation. Their crime was to observe their old folk religion, a benign faith that made their lives endurable. The book is written to perpetuate the memory of the deer-hunters, among the first victims of intolerance in modern times.

Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of Enlightenment

Author : Lizanne Henderson
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Taking an interdisciplinary perspective, Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of Enlightenment represents the first in-depth investigation of Scottish witchcraft and witch belief post-1662, the period of supposed decline of such beliefs, an age which has been referred to as the 'long eighteenth century', coinciding with the Scottish Enlightenment. The late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries were undoubtedly a period of transition and redefinition of what constituted the supernatural, at the interface between folk belief and the philosophies of the learned. For the latter the eradication of such beliefs equated with progress and civilization but for others, such as the devout, witch belief was a matter of faith, such that fear and dread of witches and their craft lasted well beyond the era of the major witch-hunts. This study seeks to illuminate the distinctiveness of the Scottish experience, to assess the impact of enlightenment thought upon witch belief, and to understand how these beliefs operated across all levels of Scottish society.

Scottish Witches and Witch Hunters

Author : J. Goodare
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This book brings together twelve studies that collectively provide an overview of the main issues of live interest in Scottish witchcraft. As well as fresh studies of the well-established topic of witch-hunting, the book also launches an exploration of some of the more esoteric aspects of magical belief and practice.

The Scottish Witch hunt Database

Author : Rev. Stuart Macdonald
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Scottish Witchcraft

Author : Raymond Buckland
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From the ancient misty Highlands of Scotland to modern-day America come the secrets of solitary Witchcraft practice. Scottish Witchcraft explores "PectiWita," or the craft of the Picts, the mysterious early Keltic people. The Scottish PectiWita tradition differs in many ways from the Wicca of England-there is little emphasis on the worship of the gods (though it is there), but more on the living & blending of magick into everyday life.Many people attracted to modern-day Wicca are unable to contact or join a coven. PectiWita is a path for the solitary Witch; & here, for the first time, are full details of this solitary branch of the Old Ways. Learn the history of the Picts, their origins & beliefs. Learn how to make simple tools & use them to work magic. Through step-by-step instructions you are brought into touch & then into complete harmony with all of nature. Explore their celebrations, talismans, song & dance, herbal lore, runes & glyphs, & recipes. Learn how to practice the religion in the city & with groups. Ray Buckland's contact with the late Aidan Breac, a descendent of th

Scottish Witchcraft

Author : Barbara Meiklejohn-Free
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Scottish Witchcraft is an introduction and guide to the magical folk traditions of the Highlands of Scotland. Author Barbara Meiklejohn-Free, a Scottish hereditary witch and the Highland Seer, takes the reader on a journey through the history of the craft and shares the ins and outs of incorporating these ancient magical traditions into one's own life. Discover the secrets to faerie magic, divination, and communicating with ancestors. Explore herbal and plant lore, Scottish folk traditions, and magic rituals for your specific needs. Filled with inspiring anecdotes and step-by-step instructions, this book will help you begin a new chapter of spiritual discovery.

Scottish Witchcraft Magick

Author : Raymond Buckland
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From the ancient misty Highlands of Scotland to modern-day America come the secrets of solitary Witchcraft practice. The author of Buckland''s Complete Book of Witchcraft introduces "PectiWita," or the craft of the Picts. Learn the history of these mysterious early Keltic people, their origins, beliefs, and celebrations. This book also explores the magic, sacred tools, herbal lore, song and dance, and recipes of the Scottish PectiWita tradition.

Scottish Witchcraft

Author : Barbara Meiklejohn-Free
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Hear the Call of the Highlands for Powerful Magick, Healing, and Divination Take a journey through the magickal folk traditions of Scotland. Barbara Meiklejohn-Free, a Scottish hereditary witch, shares her own spiritual awakening into the craft and shows you how to integrate these practices into your own life. Discover the secrets of divination, scrying, faery magick, and communication with ancestors. Explore herb and plant lore and specific rituals to address what you most desire. Filled with inspiring anecdotes, craft history, and step-by-step instructions, this book will help you begin a new chapter of spiritual discovery.

The Scottish Witch

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In order to free his family from the powerful curse of a Scottish witch, Harry Chattan returns to Scotland, where he seeks the aid of Portia Maclean, who is pretending to be a witch to protect her own family.

Lyon s Bride and The Scottish Witch with Bonus Material

Author : Cathy Maxwell
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Two great full-length novels in The Chattan Curse series together in one set from NY Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell. Includes never before seen "behind the book" info, photos from the author, and a sneak peek to her next series The Brides of Wishmore. Fans of Karen Hawkins, Sabrina Jeffries, and Eloisa James will enjoy these utterly romantic and unforgettable books set in Regency England and Scotland. Lyon's Bride They call him Lord Lyon…proud, determined and cursed. He is in need of a bride, but if he falls in love it's is said he will die. So he seeks a woman to marry without love, hoping to break the curse of the Chattans forever. Enter beautiful Thea Martin—a duke's headstrong, errant daughter and society's most brilliant matchmaker. Years ago, she and Lyon were inseparable, until he disappeared without a word. Now she is charged with finding him his bride—a woman he must not love, for a man Thea could love all too well. The Scottish Witch Portia Maclean believes she is beyond love and marriage. Then, one moonlit night, she finds herself swept off her feet by a powerful stranger. But what will he do once he discovers she's betrayed him? Harry Chattan is fighting for his family…he's come to Scotland on the hunt for a witch to break the Chattan curse. Instead, he finds himself bewitched by Portia. Harry has vowed to fight the demons torturing him, but will that battle destroy her as well?

The Scottish Witch Trials

Author : Brooke Anne Franks
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This study explores witchcraft and witch-hunts in Scotland from the middle of the sixteenth century to the early eighteenth century. The research follows witchcraft into the present to understand how it was transformed from an act of heresy into a tourist industry for Scotland. The relationship between the church and witchcraft has been thoroughly explored. However, the public's perception of witchcraft has had far less historical consideration. This thesis tracks the Protestant church as well as the Scottish crown's stance on witchcraft throughout the years. A record of events relevant to the evolution of the perception of witchcraft in Scottish society is included. The historiography of Scottish witchcraft is well established. Many documents exist regarding the church's stance on witchcraft (Anentis Witchcraftis, 1563), and the government's stance on witchcraft (The Witchcraft Act of 1604). Additionally, many documents from witch-hunt trials (An Account of the Tryal and Examination of the North Berwick Witches, 1590-91) have been preserved. While documents regarding witchcraft are not in short supply, very few of the extant texts focus on the laypeople's perception. By using surviving church and government documents, newspaper articles, folklore, art, songs, traditions, and written work of the time, this research provides a better understanding of the laypeople's concerns and feelings towards witchcraft. This study also revealed the impact of pre-existing societal norms and beliefs, including the ways in which they played into Scottish policy-making and the public's reactions. The conclusions of this research allow for a greater understanding of the Scottish peasantry's perception of witches, witchcraft, and witch trials. They also provide significant insight into how the Scottish witch trials were transformed from a dark mark in history into a thriving tourist industry. The electronic version of this dissertation is accessible from http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11875/2235

Scottish Witches

Author : Charles W. Cameron
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Ghosts, witches, unexplained mysteries, and the supernatural are the basis for this fascinating Ghost Series which relates ghost stories from Great Britain.

Scottish Witches and Witch Hunters

Author : J. Goodare
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This book brings together twelve studies that collectively provide an overview of the main issues of live interest in Scottish witchcraft. As well as fresh studies of the well-established topic of witch-hunting, the book also launches an exploration of some of the more esoteric aspects of magical belief and practice.

A Scottish Witch Doctor

Author : Roger Melhuish
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For over 50 years, from the foundation of conventional medical training, Roger Melhuish (Mel-hew-ish) has continued an ever-broadening exploration into deeper and more fundamental aspects of health. He has continued his relentless quest to understand and address the essential causes of illness - and the results have been life-changing for many. The Scottish Witch Doctor recounts both the personal and professional stories of this remarkable and highly unconventional pioneer. The book will also lead you to a better understanding of the factors impacting your own health and wellbeing. With Foreword by Derek O'Neill: "This man's a feckin genius at what he does!" WARNING: You may never see health in the same way again! TESTIMONIALS: Dear Roger, Although I wanted to write this card to you, finding words adequate to describe my thanks and gratitude are impossible. This goes far beyond concept and idea. My gratitude is more than personal. It's gratitude for having a being who has made an unshifting, imperturbable commitment to healing and (it seems to me) has spent his life dedicated to this. On a personal level, I'm sure you have a sense of what this has meant to me but thank you from the deepest heart space, not only on this occasion but from more than 30 years ago for the healing my daughter received. My wish is for your long life and wellbeing and a continuation of the blessings you bring to others. Much love. CD Dear Roger, I am compelled to write to you to thank you for all your efforts to bring me back to life. I was a dutiful robot for 60 years but in the past 25 years I have come so alive I am positively looking forward to my next life! I am truly so very grateful. Yours alive, J [age 85] Dear Doctor Melhuish, 19/03/95, Just a note to let you know how much your work is appreciated. I came to you roughly 9/10 years ago and felt you gave me the courage to start a change process in my life. Your work is invaluable and you give so much help and inspiration to people that I felt I had to let you know. Please accept my respect and admiration for the help you give to others. Love, AH

Scottish Witches

Author : Lily Seafield
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Let warlocks grim, an wither'd hags, Tell, how wi you, on ragweed nags, They skim the muirs an dizzy crags, Wi wicked speed; And in kirkyards renew thier leagues, Owre howkit dead. Robert Burns's famous poem "Address to the Deil" describes the hag-like appearance and demonic presence that for most people epitomizes the image of the witch. But just what is a witch, and who are the figures that scotland has accused of witchcraft? Scottish Witches aims to explain. All over Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries a wave of paranoia and hysteria was taking hold. All the ills of society were blamed on witchcraft, and Scotland did not escape this obsession with the supernatural. This book gives the stories of Scotland's witches, the accused, the confessed, the trials, and the superstisions. This fascinating book will also explain about the beliefs of modern white witches and the place of Wicca in society today.