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Witchcraft in Early Modern ScotlandJames' VI's Demonology and the North Berwick Witches$
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Lawrence Normand and Gareth Roberts

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780859896801

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859896801.001.0001

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Scottish Witchcraft Before the North Berwick Witch Hunt1

Scottish Witchcraft Before the North Berwick Witch Hunt1

(p.78) Chapter 4 Scottish Witchcraft Before the North Berwick Witch Hunt1
Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland

Lawrence Normand

Gareth Roberts

Liverpool University Press

This chapter surveys witch trials between the 1563 witchcraft act and November 1590, and considers whether notions of magic, the devil, and the supernatural changed during the sixteenth century. It shows that in 1590 witchcraft investigations, trials, and executions took place in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Aberdeen, and Ross-shire, before the start of the North Berwrick outbreak. Elements from some of these trials later combined in the North Berwrick witch hunt from December 1590 onwards.

Keywords:   witchcraft, witch hunts, Scotland, witch trials, magic, devil, supernatural

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