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Gowdie, Isobel (fl. 1662), alleged witch, first appears as the wife of John Gilbert and an inhabitant of the farmstead at Loch Loy, near Auldearn, in highland Scotland. Although she was later supposed to have begun practising witchcraft in 1647, it was in spring 1662 that she was implicated in a plot to harm ...

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Hibbins, Ann (d. 1656), convicted witch, whose early years are obscure, may have been the sister of Richard Bellingham, a governor of Massachusetts. Claims to this effect are perhaps based on John Winthrop's statement that Bellingham was the brother-in-law of her husband, William Hibbins (...

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Kyteler [Kettle], Alice (fl. 1302–1324), alleged witch, was a member of the Kyteler family of Flemish merchants who settled in Kilkenny in the thirteenth century. Her parentage is unknown but she is likely to be related to William le Kyteler, merchant of Ypres...

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Sawyer, Elizabeth (d. 1621), convicted witch, was a poor woman of obscure origins living in Edmonton, Middlesex, convicted under the Witchcraft Act in April 1621 and hanged for murdering her neighbour by diabolical means. What is known of her life comes from The Wonderfull Discoverie of Elizabeth Sawyer, a Witch...

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Shipton, Mother (supp. fl. 1530), supposed witch and prophetess, is a mostly legendary figure. The only historical support for her existence as a woman living in Tudor York is found in the slim pamphlet The Prophesie of Mother Shipton in the Raigne of King Henry the Eighth...

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Weir, Thomas (d. 1670), criminal and reputed sorcerer, was the son of Thomas Weir of Kirkton, near Carluke in Lanarkshire. At the time of his trial in 1670 he was described as 'past the age of 70' and 'of great age' (Scott-Moncrieff...