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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Isobel Gowdie

We do not know what her age was, but as the legal age for marriage in Scotland at the time was fifteen years old, we can assume she had to be older than this.

In her four separate confessions given over a six-week period, she claimed to have flown through the air to her coven meetings a group of 13 that would later become standard fare in witchcraft accountsslaying any Christians she passed unless they were able to bless themselves first. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.

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A cunning person, also called wise men and wise women, were folk healers in fact, the words witch and wizard are etymologically related to the word wise in the English language from the old Anglo-Saxon. This is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. Just keep “your eyes on the prize,” Pulitzer.


This is used for a gowdis author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. For example, her descriptions are dominated by maleficium, or the use of malicious magic, following many of the standard rituals found in other witch trials. I own books regarding all subjects black, white, and grey magic.

The coven ate and drank the best of food at houses they reached by flying through the air on magical horses and entered via the windows. This is used to prevent bots and spam. Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment. She was married to John Gilbert, who had fowdie involvement with the witchcraft case.

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Where she differs from the confession of others is in detailing how the Devil giwdie his mark on her shoulder then sucked her blood. The Devil placed his mark on her shoulder, sucked some of her blood, and rebaptized her with it, giving her a new name, Janet.

The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

This page was last edited on 30 Marchat It was the fairies who taught her to fly by climbing beanstocks goweie cornstraws and shouting, “Horse and Hattock, in the Devil’s name! A little over two weeks later, on 3 MayGowdie’s second confession was transcribed.

I don’t remember what specifically sparked the case, but he issobel his sister confessed to practicing satanism and having an incestuous relationship. The pricker began by stripping the victim naked and shaved them from head to toe. Isobel Gowdie was a 17th century Scottish woman who was accused and tried for witchcraft in in Auldearn, a town in the Highlands of Scotland.


Her detailed confession, apparently achieved without the use of torture, relates her fifteen years of involvement gwdie the Devil, and offers one of the most detailed looks at European witchcraft folklore at the end of the era of witch-hunts.

This is standard fare in a witch trial. However, it seems that we pass through Auldearn on a regular occurrence to get to many other spooky sites: Levackagree it would be the likely outcome. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Medieval notions of good and evil spirits had been repressed by the Isobl — 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.

Much of what Isobel says with regard to demonology is fairly stereotypical. However, the s were turbulent times for Auldearn. This service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account isogel HubPages, so that you isboel earn money from ads on your articles.

The trial of Isobel Gowdie Scotland’s ‘Queen of Witches’

An absolutely great piece of work, great info, great image, a must read for any lover of history, fantastic stuff, very well done, thanks for sharing, voted up, Lee. Extended sleep deprivation can lead to hallucinations, at which point the interrogators would take this as evidence that the accused was in league with the Devil. This website uses cookies As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things.

I am in a hare’s likeness now, But I shall be in a woman’s likeness even now. How do we know that?