The Bute Witches: History, Reconstruction of Events, Historical Records and Inferences William Scott

ISBN: 9780952191070

Published: August 18th 2007

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342 pages


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The Bute Witches: History, Reconstruction of Events, Historical Records and Inferences  by  William Scott

The Bute Witches: History, Reconstruction of Events, Historical Records and Inferences by William Scott
August 18th 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 342 pages | ISBN: 9780952191070 | 10.34 Mb

Why were 6 women burnt for witchcraft in 1662, 1673? And who was responsible? This is a reconstruction as told by a leading figure of the time, everything based on the history papers which are all quoted at the end, printed together in one volume forMoreWhy were 6 women burnt for witchcraft in 1662, 1673?

And who was responsible? This is a reconstruction as told by a leading figure of the time, everything based on the history papers which are all quoted at the end, printed together in one volume for the first time. The best of these, the Inverary Document (because it was found there) is the pretrial confessions of the witches written down mostly by the minister. Two of these are of particular interest for they reveal that the women had developed psychoses as a consequence of incarceration in cells with no heating and no warm clothing even, as well as starvation and torture- conditions ideal for developing a psychosis.

The women were easily got to tell stories which would please their masters. This is the first time any case of witchcraft in Scotland has been explained fully and the explanation has been accepted and confirmed by many people. One of the puzzles solved is: How did one witch escape (and only one) and where did she live for 12 years before returning, being recognised and then burnt. The Map on the cover is by Wm Roy, FRS made circa 1750. It shows (as no other does) the places on Bute where the devil met the witches, these having been lost due to the stigma attached thereafter.

An astonishing true story, The Herald. A masterly piece of writing and a riveting story, based on meticulous research, by award winning author, William Scott. This tale captures the reader and transports him back three and half centuries to dark and dangerous days, with a compelling solution to the mystery of the witches of Bute. David Torrie, an editor, DC Thomson. I must give you all praise for your imaginative interpretation and fleshing out of the account in the archives.

I cant fault your logical explanation of the witches evidence. and the return of Jonet McNicoll. Your novel is enthralling and would surely stand alone as historical fiction.



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