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Fairy Witches 2#: Bessie Dunlop March 24, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Fairy Witches 2#: Bessie Dunlop

Here are some extracts from the trial of one of the most interesting fairy witches of them all: Bessie Dunlop who was brought before the Edinburgh Assizes in 1576. This rendering of the trial (into English rather than Scots English) comes from Emma Wilby’s worthwhile: Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits. Bessie’s first confession includes the […]

Slaves for Sale February 17, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Slaves for Sale

Beachcombing has recently become interested in slavery, a matter that he has neglected in previous posts, with the exception of a very unpleasant beating in Colonial American and an early piece on the Barbary Coast. Beach has particularly been impressed/horrified by slave adverts and has stumbled on several remarkable examples. Let’s start off with something […]