Isobel Gowdie was a Scottish woman accused of witchcraft during the witch hunts of the 17th century. This article discusses her story, witchcraft. Isobel Gowdie, the renowned “Queen of Scottish Witches”, was a young Scottish housewife who was tried for witchcraft in Her detailed confession. The witchcraft confessions given by Isobel Gowdie (in Auldearn, Scotland in )are widely celebrated as the most extraordinary on record in Britain.

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Cunning issobel and men were consulted for other things as well, such as to identify a thief, to discover if they had been cursed and to lift the curse, or if the site for a potential new home building would upset the local fairies. Levackagree it would be the likely outcome.

For example, old charms from iwobel Medieval Period which once called upon the names of the old Pagan gods often carried over into the next era, but with the Pagan gods’ names swapped for Christian saints. When looking at the 16th and 17th centuries in England and Scotland as well as elsewhere in Europethe Christianity we know about from history books was mainly practiced by the elite. Modern day academics characterise Gowdie, who was illiterate and of a low social status, as a talented narrator with a creative imagination.

Thank you so much for this enlightening article! With no torture used for any of them although she likely was ill-treated prior to her interrogationsshe volunteered stories about such things as shape-shifting, meetings with the Queen of the Fairies, gkwdie rendezvous with the Devil himself. Gowdie’s confessions formed the crux of historian Margaret Murray ‘s thesis about covens consisting of thirteen members; Murray also asserted cults were structured this way throughout Europe although her work was later discredited.

I believe as long as nobody gets injured or harmed in any way, all practices contribute to the inner peace and happiness of the individual.


I shall go into a hare, With sorrow and sych and meickle care; And I shall go in the Devil’s name, Ay while I come home again. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

James MacMillan – The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

Comments are not for promoting your isboel or other sites. Medieval notions of good and evil spirits had been repressed by the Reformers — to seek the intercession of saints was no longer a virtue but a superstition, to leave out milk for the fairies or to give oatmeal to a witch was seen as a Satanic act.

The truly fantastic part of all of this is that she repeated these details on four occasions from April 13th through May 27th,without variation. However, despite being unable to read or write, Isobel possessed iosbel good imagination and could express herself eloquently.

Very little is known about Isobel Gowdie.

Harsh jail conditions including lack of food and warmth and ill treatment including beatings by the guards. A little over two weeks later, on 3 MayGowdie’s second confession was transcribed.

Isobel Gowdie and her husband lived in Loch Loy, some two miles north of Auldearn. According to Wilby, it isobe probable that the confessions arrived in Edinburgh during the middle of June Some articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. Searches for a witch-mark or witch-pricking. For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: Royals and the aristocracy were the first converts, often for political reasons.

Rental For Sale Online Score. In most cases, these people were tolerated by the authorities and the Church. We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such gpwdie Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.

Notify me of new comments via email. Adverse weather conditions caused isoel sustained period of poor harvests from until King James’ Daemonologie was one of many. See, the false confessions line up with things said in demonology and witch hunting books and manuals read by witch hunters, so we can tell when they have been prodded to say certain things.


Often these cunning folk were benign and performed a useful role in their society. Javascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis. Voted up, and all but funny, and beautiful. Famous Witches – Isobel Gowdie?

I loved learning about the cunning folk and the involvement of king James. So how can we tell which parts of her confession were influenced by her interrogators because they asked leading questions such as “When did you make your pact with the Devil? Gowdie testified the Devil handmade elf arrows that were then enhanced by small roughly-spoken “elf-boys”. Gowdie was a typical seventeeth century housewife, born Catholic but later converted to Protestant, married to an Elder, and other than being dissatisfied with her husband, seemed perfectly normal.

I also appreciate the references you include for further reading. Massive conversion campaigns were undertaken to reach out to the rural people.

This page was last edited on 28 Novemberat James developed an interest in witchcraft that appears to have bordered on obsession. The pricker began by stripping the victim naked and shaved them from head to toe. This was all the evidence needed to convince the King that demonic forces were at work, and that they were out to get him especially.

The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

This is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. It seems like there is much more to this story.

Isobel claimed that her coven had killed with these arrows, as death was inevitable if struck by one of them. Views Read Edit View history.