In Ayrshire. Tomorrow we go to the Dusk Water and Cleeve’s Cove, where Bessie Dunlop, scottish cunning-woman, met Thom Reid (killed at the Battle of Pinkie, ‘translated’ into elfhame/fayre) and the Qweene of Fearrie. Excited. She was later tried at the Edinburgh assizes in 1576 and executed as a witch, a fate many cunning-folk were able to avoid, but unfortunately, not in her case. drc


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Musician in band earth. Folklore/History/Occult enthusiast, especially about British Isles.
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2 Responses to Ayrshire…

  1. Charlie says:

    Many cunning folk actually chose to die rather than deny their familiars I believe, though I can’t remember if that was the case with Bessie

    • Most were tried in ecclesiastical courts, rather then secular courts, and most that ended up in secular courts were acquitted. the few that were executed were usually suspected of being recusant catholics, or doctrinally impure by the presbyterians, puritans, and covenanters, which is why most died during the english civil war in the 1640’s and in scotland in the 1661-1662 campaigns for the restoration. drc

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