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Witch of Balwearie

The Witch of Balwearie

In 1597 Margaret Aitken, the witch of Balwearie, Fife, under threat of torture, confessed to the practise of Witchcraft. In exchange for her life Margaret offered to betray all the Witches in the area to her prosecutors. Margaret told her prosecutors that all Witches had a secret mark of sorts in their eyes and she could tell if the person standing before her was a Witch.

The prosecutors believed her tale and for three to four months she was carried from town to town condemning innocents to be put to death. In the end she was found to be a deceiver. The authorities carried out a test and placed people, already condemned by Margaret, into different garb and a different town. It was found that Margaret cleared people that earlier she had condemned as Witches.

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