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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 Hunter (23/7/1605)

Case details

The accused Hunter, Jonet
Start date2/12/1604
End date23/7/1605
Characterisation Implicated by another witch
Not enough information
Notes on caseThis Ayr Jonet Hunter was a different person from the one accused of witchcraft who was from Dundonald and was executed before 1604. Appeared before kirk session for punishment for being a viscious woman and a slandered but no reference to any witchcraft. Disregard the Ayr Kirk session minutes.

Trials associated with this case

Hunter,Jonet Local trial
Hunter,Jonet Mentioned in a trial

Qualitative information

Non-natural beings

NotesAccording to Patrick Lowrie she was presented with a hairbelt in the shape of a devil's claw by Helena McBurnie, the 'devilish spirit woman' according to P. Lowrie.

Witches' Meetings

NotesWitches' meetings described by P. Lowrie, especially one on Lowdon Hill as well as the kirk and at the shore.

Folk Culture

Folk NotesShe was presented with a hairbelt (in the shape of a Devil's claw) from the spirit woman Helena McBurnie according to P. Lowrie, and involved in meetings at Halloween and Whitsunday.


Other charges



Ayr Kirk Session records CH2/751/1/1, 23v.
Books of Adjournal JC2/4 fo. 59v
Dundonald Parish Records Carnegie Library, Ayr, 941.429 DUN, p. 66
Pitcairn v ii, p. 478