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Survey of Scottish Witchcraft Database

Survey of Scottish Witchcraft
Scottish History, School of History and Classics, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Woodcut of a witch trial

Patrik Lowrie (23/7/1605)

Case details

The accused Lowrie, Patrik
Start date28/7/1603
End date23/7/1605
Characterisation Consulting a known witch
Demonic
Folk healing
Maleficium
Notes on caseHis master and baron pursued him as the holder of a commission, along with the bailie who was supposedly after his goods. Check on dates of trial, etc. the sequence doesn't seem to match up.

People involved in case

Name Involvement in case Notes
William Cuningham Commissioner
John Wallace Investigator

Trials associated with this case

Lowrie,Patrik (trial date 23/7/1605) Central trial

Qualitative information

Non-natural beings

NotesExhumed bodies from a grave yard

Appearance of Non-natural beings

Type of beingNotes
SpiritHelena McBurnie

Witches' Meetings

Witches' meetingYes
Devil presentYes

Witches' Meeting Place

Place Location
Kirkyard
Kirk
Common Waist Sandhillis near Irving Shore
Lowdon Hill Hilltop

Folk Culture

Specific ritual actsYes
Sympathetic magicYes
Folk NotesHe was presented with a hairbelt (in the shape of a Devil's claw) from the spirit woman Helena McBurnie. He was accused of damaging cows milk on Beltane.

Ritual objects

Corpse
Hairbelt

Calendar customs

Beltane
Halloween
Whitsunday

Diseases/Illness

Human illnessYes
Animal illnessYes
Transferring diseaseYes
Laying onYes
Recognised healerYes
Healing humansYes
Healing animalsYes
Notes on diseaseStruck someone blind

Other maleficia

Property damageYes
NotesTurned milk to blood

Property damage

Crops
Dairy

Other charges

Incantation
Sorcery

References

Books of Adjournal JC2/4 fo. 58v - 60v
Dundonald Parish Records Carnegie Library, Ayr, 941.429 DUN, p. 54-86
Pitcairn v ii, p. 477-79
RPC v7 p. 67