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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,Jon (14/2/1677)

Trial process details

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

Linked trials

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

Pre-trial central actions

Commissions

Commissioning body Commission type Date Notes
Privy Council Justiciary 18/1/1677

Pre-trial local actions

Imprisonments

Date Prison Location
1/1677 Tolbooth Paisley

Confessions

Date Place Location
10/7/1677 Pollok
7/1/1677 Tolbooth Paisley
27/1/1677

Other information

Pre-trial notes

Commission for trial issued although suspect already imprisoned. Commission specified no use of torture. Text of 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
DefenceYes
VerdictGuilty
SentenceExecution
Local trial with central representativeYes
General trial notesHe had a Privy Council commission for trial, but he 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

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

Other named witches

Name
Marjory Craig
Margret Jackson
Annabell Stewart
Bessie Weir