Tag: Witchcraft

Witchcraft

Witchcraft is the practice of magic, sometimes black magic, with the use of spells. Through British and Irish history, people believed to use witchcraft have been subjected to violence, imprisonment and execution. In modern and more enlightened times, many have embraced the spiritual aspects of witchcraft.

Witchcraft articles on Spooky Isles

Jennet Preston, The Pendle Witch of Yorkshire

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Jennet Preston was the one Pendle Witch who was tried and executed alone in York for her alleged witchcraft crimes. BARRY McCANN describes how it happened.

Scotland Apologises for Historic Witchcraft Trials and Executions

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Scotland Witchcraft Apology
The Scottish Government has taken the first steps to exonerate those accused of witchcraft over 300 years ago. CHRISTINE MILLER explains.

The Lives of Three Curious Cunning Folk

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Cunning Folk were practitioners of folk magic through the ages. CALLUM CAMPBELL tells us about the lives of three of the most interesting Cunning Folk in history

The Fylde Witch author Chris Newton INTERVIEW

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The Fylde Witch
Lancashire author, Chris Newton, has released a spellbinding new book The Fylde Witch Spooky Isles spoke to him about the inspirations behind his latest offering.

The Orkney Witch Memorial Plaque

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GREGOR STEWART reveals the sad story of the Orkney Witches, in this exclusive extract from Witch Memorials of Scotland

Shadows of Pendle: Barry McCann author INTERVIEW

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Barry McCann, editor of Spooky Isles’ new anthology, Shadow of Pendle, talks Pendle Witches with CHRISTINE MILLER

The Inverkip Witch Trials

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Inverkip
Witch trials swept Scotland in the 17th century and the tiny village of Inverkip was not immune, says CHRISTINE MILLER

Witch of Saratoga, Northampton’s forgotten magickal emigrant

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Angeline Tubbs left England in 1761 and became the infamous Witch of Saratoga, writes JJ MERRYWEATHER

Who were the Witches of Belvoir?

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Witches of Belvoir
Who were the Witches of Belvoir?

Black Death 2010 REVIEW

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Black Death 2010
Black Death 2010 is a dark bubonic tale about the tensions and hysteria caused by mass death, says SIMON BALL

This Isle is Full of Monsters: Jon Kaneko-James author interview

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This Isle is Full of Monsters
Jon Kaneko-James talks about his new book, The Isle is Full of Monsters, and how we need to relook how people thought about the supernatural in Shakespeare's times…

Janet Horne, The Burning of the Last Witch in Scotland

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Janet Horne, burning witches
Janet Horne was the last witch to be executed in Scotland, KATHLEEN BRUNO looks into the facts of the case

Black Cats and Superstition: 13 things you didn’t know about

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Happy Halloween
ANN MASSEY reveals some strange and wonderful superstitions surrounding black cats through the centuries...

Discover the gender-swapping skeleton of St Osyth, Essex

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Guest writer MO KEOHAN reveals how science revealed the real identity of an 'Essex witch' skeleton in St Oysth

Was a mummied cat buried in secret Pendle Hill witches’ cottage?

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Witch Cottage Pendle Hill
BARRY McCann looks at 'Lancashire's Tutankhamen's Tomb' - a supposed witches' cottage near Pendle Hill that had been buried for unknown reasons...

Jennet Device: Whatever happened to the Pendle Witch child?

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Pendle Witch child Jennet Device
BARRY McCANN investigates what became of the Pendle Witch child, Jennet Device, following her explosive testimony...

The Bloody History of British Witches

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Guest writer NIXIE VALE takes a look at the history of witchcraft through the ages...

Pendle Witches Guide: Where in the Hill to find them

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Pendle Hill Witches Guide Sign
BARRY McCann charts a Pendle Witches Guide of Pendle Hill

How to use the Witch’s Rosary

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witch's rosary, witches rosary
Rosary beads aren’t something that is just limited to the Christian faith, there's such a thing as the Witch's rosary, as PHILIP DAVIES finds out

Against the Crowd: Murrain 1975 REVIEW

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Against the Crowd: Murrain 1975
Against the Crowd: Murrain 1975, a TV film from Nigel Kneale, is reviewed by DAVID SAUNDERSON

What evil lurks inside the haunted St Osyth Witches Cage in...

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JON KANEKO-JAMES talks to John Fraser about his report into Essex's St Osyth Witches Cage

Discover Meg Shelton, the Witch of Woodplumpton’s spooky grave

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A boulder in a Lancashire burial ground marks the grave of Meg Shelton, but according to BARRY McCANN, the Witch of Woodplumpton may still walk the earth!

Return to the “Witches” of Islandmagee, County Antrim

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Witches Justice
JANET QUINLIVAN goes to Islandmagee in Northern Ireland to see if its executed witches deserve an apology

Curse of the Brampton Witch’s Tea Set

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BARRY McCANN looks at the hexed China that once belonged to a Cumbrian witch!

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