Samlesbury witches

Three women from the Lancashire village of Samlesbury – Jane Southworth, Jennet Bierley, and Ellen Bierley – accused by a 14-year-old girl, Grace Sowerbutts, of practising witchcraft. Their trial at Lancaster Assizes in England on 19 August 1612 was one in a series of witch trials held there over two days. All three women were acquitted.

Padiham witch

Convicted witch who escaped the death penalty because she had caused no harm to anyone.

Allison Balfour

The 1594 trial of alleged witch Allison Balfour is one of the most frequently cited Scottish witchcraft cases.

Edmund Hartley

Cunning man who is alleged to have practised witchcraft at Cleworth Hall in Lancashire

Isobel Gowdie

Scottish woman accused of witchcraft in 1662 and probably executed, whose detailed testimony provides one of the most comprehensive insights into European witchcraft folklore at the end of the era of witch-hunts.

Pittenweem witches

Five Scottish women accused of witchcraft in the small fishing village of Pittenweem in Fife on the east coast of Scotland in 1704.

Elspeth Reoch

Scottish woman who confessed to witchcraft and deceiving islanders by pretending she was mute.

Janet Boyman

Scottish woman found guilty and executed for witchcraft and associating with fairies.