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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

Jonet Mathie (20/2/1677)

Case details

The accused Mathie, Jonet
Start date12/1676
End date20/2/1677
Characterisation Demonic
Maleficium
Notes on characterisationAccused of having attempted to murder Maxwell of Pollock. Demonic pact included in accusation but no details of confession etc. She supposedly had malice against Maxwell because he punished her other son for 'breaking his yard'. The whole group seems to have had a problem with Maxwell, their landlord, could be that they were doing something in protest.

People involved in case

Name Involvement in case Notes
John Anderson Commissioner
James Brisbane Commissioner
Patrick Houstoun Commissioner
John Preston Commissioner
John Shaw Commissioner

Trials associated with this case

Mathie,Jonet (trial date 14/2/1677) Mixed central/local

Qualitative information

Non-natural beings

NotesDevil described as a black man, with a bluish band, white hand cuffs, and hogers (leg coverings) with no shoes, and with cloven fee. His name was Ejuall. His voice was described as 'hough and goushe'.

Appearance of Non-natural beings

Type of beingNotes
MaleBlack man

Demonic pact

Type of pactNotes
Devil's Mark
New nameLandsladie

Witches' Meetings

Witches' meetingYes
Devil presentYes
MaleficiumYes
NotesThe purpose of the meeting was to kill a man. The meeting supposedly happened in 10/1676.

Witches' Meeting Place

Place Location
Her own House

Folk Culture

Specific ritual actsYes
Sympathetic magicYes
Folk NotesAccused of having cast an illness by roasting of wax or clay images. The wax image was found in a hole in the wall behind her fire. She was also found with a wax image of a woman while in prison. The authorities thought she had strangely escaped from the stocks while in prison.

Ritual objects

Fire
Wax/clay images

Diseases/Illness

Human illnessYes
Notes on diseaseAttempted to murder Maxwell of Pollok.

Other charges

Murder

References

Circuit Court Books JC10/4 fo. 1r-13v
RPC 3rd series, vol 5, pp xxxv-xxxvi, 95.