Witchcraft (28 pages found in this category)

A Detection of Damnable Driftes

Sixteenth-century pamphlet describing prominent Chelmsford witchcraft trials against Elizabeth Francis and others

Black cat

The numerous folk beliefs about black cats, and cats in general, are often contradictory. Superstitions surrounding black cats are almost certainly some of the most prevalent even today, along with the number thirteen and walking under a ladder.

David Gregory

Scottish physician and inventor accused of witchcraft. He inherited Kinnairdy Castle in Banffshire.


Medical condition caused by invisible elves or witches shooting invisible arrows at people or animals.

Jean Lyon, Countess of Angus

Scottish countess named in North Berwick witch trials as consulting with witches

John Kincaid, witch-finder

Professional witch-finder or pricker of witches based in Tranent, East Lothian.

John Kincaid, witch-pricker

Redirected to John Kincaid, witch-finder.

Joseph Neil Paton

Damask designer and antiquarian with large collection containing witchcraft objects, including the skull of Lilias Adie. Father of the artist Joseph Noel Paton.

Kiss of Shame

Redirected to Osculum Infame.

Liber Poenitentialis

Set of 7th-century ecclesiastical laws applied to women – and only women – perfoming acts such as divination, raising storms, or murder by the use of magic.