The Weem Witch

By Leonard Low

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In March 1704 Patrick Morton, a 16-year-old blacksmith in the coastal Fife town of Pittenweem, accused several local women of tormenting him by witchcraft, setting off a witch-hunt reminiscent of the Middle Ages, dragging innocent women and men into a snare of repression and death.

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In March 1704 Patrick Morton, a 16-year-old blacksmith in the coastal Fife town of Pittenweem, claimed to have found a witch's spell left at his door -- a wooden bucket containing a fire coal and some water. At once he felt ill, or so he said -- he could barely stand, had no appetite, became emaciated. In May he started to have fits. Morton accused several local women of tormenting him by witchcraft, setting off a witch-hunt reminiscent of the Middle Ages, dragging innocent women and men into a snare of repression and death,

The Weem Witch tells the story of the Pittenweem witches, using contemporary documents to bring a horrifying episode in Scotland's past under the spotlight.

 

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Format Paperback
Imprint Steve Savage Publishers
Publication Date 8 Mar 2006
ISBN 9781904246190
Number of Pages 128

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'The most complete account yet of the suffering inflicted upon the unfortunate victims of the anti-witch hysteria which gripped local communities in the 17th and 18th centuries ... the political turmoil brought about by the Act of Union meant these scandals were forgotten. Until now!'

- East Fife Mail

'Aims to drag these shameful stories out of the darkest corners of the Neuk's hidden past ... a terrible reminder of a world gone mad'

- Dundee Courier

'The shocking story of a grim witchhunt in the small Scottish coastal town of Pittenweem ... a grisly story of the hysteria about witchcraft which existed in the 18th century.'

- Hornsey and Crouch End Journal

'Leonard Low's relentless and brutal account leaves nothing to the imagination. With a self-confessed love of horror, Low has taken historical manuscripts, listened to the local lore, unearthed the woeful truth and added a large dose of his own inventiveness to come up with a spell-binding story of ignorance, fear and a world gone mad.'

- Dumfries and Galloway Standard

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