Scottish Witchcraft


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Rowan Tree




Rowan Tree



Thomas Davidson

Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh 


“A Scottish Witchcraft Miscellany” featuring Tales, Legends and Ballads, together with a description of the witches’ rites and ceremonies. An interesting collection, drawn largely from very early sources.

Contents include:

Witch organisation: the coven, witch rides, Gyre Carline, initiation ceremonies, witch dances.

Witch persecution:indictment, sentences, witch marks, witch prickers, touch tes, confession, tortures.

Witch rites: sympathetic rites, transference rites, incantations,invocations, sympathetic milking, widdershins, animal rites, elf arrows, the evil eye.

Followed by a series of 30 traditional Scottish witch tales including:

Agnes Sampson of Keith

The Broo o’ the Weeks

The Devil of Glenluce

Marie Lamont of Innerkip

Bessie Dunlop of Ayrshire

Edinburgh & London: Oliver & Boyd, 1949. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. x + 286pp. Original red cloth boards gilt-lettered on spine, b&w frontispiece. References, glossary and index.

Rare in very good original dust wrapper. A lovely copy of this scarce first edition.