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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

Mathie,Jonet (14/2/1677)

Trial process details

Associated case Mathie,Jonet  (1677)
Trial process type Mixed central/local

Linked trials

Weir,Bessie  (trial date 14/2/1677)

Pre-trial central actions


Commissioning body Commission type Date Notes
Privy Council Justiciary 18/1/1677 permission to hold trial.


Date Prison Location
12/1676 Tolbooth Paisley

Pre-trial local actions


Date Prison Location


Torture exists Date Type
Yes Stocks

Other information

Pre-trial notes

Commission for trial issued but suspect had already been imprisoned. The commission specified that no torture was to be used. Text of the commission in JC10/4

Trial phase

Trial date14/2/1677
Place of trial - parishP/ST/1328
Place of trial - presbyteryPaisley
Place of trial - countyRenfrew
Place of trial - burghPaisley
Local trial with central representativeYes
General trial notesShe had a Privy Council commission for trial, but was tried in front of what looks like a local trial with central representation. Edinburgh officials were sent out to the trial, and the trial appears in the minute books of the circuit court.

People involved with trial

Name Involvement
Robert Alexander Prosecutor
George Ross Judge

Post-trial phase

Execution methodStrangle & Burn
Execution date20/2/1677
Execution locationGallow Green
Execution place - parishPaisley
Execution place - countyRenfrew
Execution place - burghPaisley
Post-trial notesto be executed between 2-4 in the afternoon