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, A HISTORY

OF TH*

WITCHES

OF

RENFREWSHIRE,

'WHO WERE BURNED ON THE GALLOWGREEM
OF PAISLEY.

Published ar
THE EDITOR or The PAISLEY REPOSITORY.

** Magic Tirrert, Spells of mighty fotuer,
«* Wittbtt, who rovt at midnight Aew.*

PAISLEY:
PRINTED BY J. NEILSOW,

SOU JOHN MILLAR, BOOKSELtll*
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Sfadtenul t Tre tHe *n Witchcraft t • • • 5
f•f .the bewitching of Sir George Maxwelt . J J

Account of [Met Douglai, t remarkable girl . *f
preface t• the Narrative of Christian Shaw • • c|
V rratire of Christian Shaw ...... Ij

Insormation subjoined by the first Editors to the Narrative tre
Appendix No. A. Subscribed Attestation of Dr. M. Brisbane lit
described Attestation of Mr. Henry Marshall . . I if
Warrant of Privy Council, dated 19th Jan. 1697 . ibid.
Dr. Matthew Br sbane'a deposition on tic trial . It!
Confession* of Margaret and Janet Rodger . ibid.
Appendix No. B. Preface to Two Letter* . , 119.
Litter I. Contain* the Advocate1* Speech to the Tnqurst 1J»
Letter U. Cnntaim Answers to Objection* 00 the trial of

the Witchea • • . . -144
Appendix No. 6. Consrffion and Death of Ji,hn Reid l6t-
Appendia No. D. Sermon preached by Mr. D- Brown t6g
Appendix So. t. Some passage* which fell out besore and

at the execution of the Seven Witches . l8t
Append * No. F. Hugo Arnot'i account •f the bewitching

of Christian Shaw » , ', xga.
Appendix No. G Dr. Walttr Viang"* Account of Christian

Shaw. &e . Au..

Affcndix No H. Information concerning Christian Shaw**

CONTENTS.

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appendix No 1. Witch executed at Paisley in 1661 191
Appen iix No K. JUt of Parlhmcnp^afi\d in 1736V 19J
A] I endix No L. Hugo Arnnfs remark) on the abov. Act lyg
Appendix No M Account 'f Acts of the General Assembly,
j»ffed between 1639 and 1649, concerning Witchcraft igf
. Appendix No N'. Me B a'ct well's intfrnarW of «; F«ft *
i. to be kept on the Account of Christian Shaw, &c. ipf
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scrlfiers, for their liberal encouragement of this Worlt,
which has sar exceeded his most sanguine expectations.
While he has, at a considerable trouble and expence*
collected Old Manuscripts, .and, otter materials on the)
subject, besides what were promised in hit Prospectujran4
by that means he has been enabled to make his Work morf
complete, he has the satissaction to think, that the mail
of his Subscribers will be well pleased with tRe Work.
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please every person, for that Is what no Book has eve*
jet^done. ., . . . ,. eam7,, , e , V
*• ', The Publisher cannot with propriety omit returning
his warmest thanks to Thomas BiMand, Esq. of FerguflieY
William M'KerreU, Esq; Maxwetltown; Robert Patcrfon,
Esq; Provost of Renfrew, aqd other Landed Gentlemen)
the Faculty of Procurators, Paisley, and particularly
Messrs William M'Walter and Hejaty Wilion, Wrltera,'
for the pieces he received from them, and the interest they'
took in the Work.'
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A

TREATISE ON WITCHCRAFT.

By Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh, who wai
king's advocate, and one of the lords of
the privy council in Scotland.

from bit " Laws and Cuflomes of Scotland's
in Matters Criminal."

Printed in 1678.

CONTENTS.

Wierus' arguments against the punishing of witches—Answer* lo WierusSome observations which may persuade a. judge to be cautious in judging this crimeUpon what presumptions witches may be apprehendedWho are. judges competent theretoPa8ion with the devil—Re* nouncing of baptismThe devil's marlThreatening to do mischief, how punishableMalefices where therer are no conncBion betwixt the cause and the esseSThe vfing magic arts for good ends, how punishableConfulling with witches, how punishedWhat the being defamed by the witches imports/i witch's confession not. punishable, except the thing confessed be possibleWhe.. ther the transportations confessed, be real, and thoughi real, whether punishableWhether a witch can cause any person be possessed—Whether penetration be possible —-Whether transformation be pojjibleWhether the devil can mate brutes to speak, or raise flormsWhether witches can transfer diseases, and whether it be lawful to seek their help for this—Whether witches can kill by thiir looksWhether witches can procure love by their potionsHow witches torment men. by their images— Whether confessions before kirk sessions be relevant—Who can be witnesses in witchcraft— Witchcraft how punishable by the civil laws of England and Scot land—Cm sutlers of fortune-tellers, how punished—

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