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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

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Stewart,Annabell (14/2/1677)

Trial process details

Associated case Stewart,Annabell  (1677)
Trial process type Mixed central/local

Linked trials

Mathie,Jonet  (trial date 14/2/1677)
Weir,Bessie  (trial date 14/2/1677)

Pre-trial central actions


Commissioning body Commission type Date Notes
Privy Council Justiciary 18/1/1677
Privy Council 4/4/1677 order to be moved from Paisley to tolbooth in Glasgow

Pre-trial local actions


Date Prison Location
1/1677 Tolbooth Paisley
4/1677 Tolbooth Glasgow


Date Place Location
7/1/1677 Pollok
7/1/1677 Tolbooth Paisley

Other information

Pre-trial notes

Commission for trial issued although suspect had already been imprisoned in Paisley. Later ordered to be moved to Glasgow. Archbishop was requested to recommend ministers to pray with the accused. The text of the commission is in JC10/4. The commission specified no use of torture.

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 notesNote in PC requested that any sentence passed would be delayed as she was underage. The judge in her trial commuted her sentence because whe was underage. 4/4/1677 note records that she had been found guilty but was moved to Glasgow from Paisley to receive spiritual guidance from ministers.

People involved with trial

Name Involvement
Robert Alexander Prosecutor
George Ross Judge

Post-trial phase

Post-trial notesher sentence was commuted and she was not executed.

Mentioned in a trial

Date of mention30/5/1688
Type of mentionKnown Witch
Mentioned in trial of Catharin Mactargett
Notesmentioned as having taught Catharin witchcraft

Other named witches

Marjory Craig
Margret Jackson
Jonet Mathie
Jon Stewart
Bessie Weir