History of the Burgh of Canongate, with Notices of the Abbey and Palace of Holyrood

History of the Burgh of Canongate, with Notices of the Abbey and Palace of Holyrood

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...pregnancy, was reprieved, and after childbirth, and sustaining " lang puneishment be famine and imprisonment," was subsequently banished for life. Janet and her other two companions were condemned to be " worrit at ane stake, their bodies then burnt to ashes, and moveable gudes to be escheit," which sentence was carried into execution. Put a hot poker or bar of iron in the water, t Weed, a disease peculiar to women in childbed. Pitcairn, Vol. II., p. 25-29. By special Act of Parliament, the Judge or Bailie, before whom the accused were brought for trial and condemned, got any effects which belonged to the criminals as a perquisite of his office. Maitland, the historian, in his observations on the trials for witchcraft, states that " wherefore it is not to be wondered at, that innocent persons should be convicted of a crime they could not be guilty of, when their effects fell to the judge or judges." In 1643 it is recorded f that Witchcraft abounded so much at this time, --no less than thirty persons having, in a few months, been burnt in Fife alone, --the General Assembly of the Kirk named a Committee to examine into the nature and cure of that " dreadful sin;" and in 1649 " very many witches were taken and burnt in several parts of the kingdom." On 26th September, 1679, Janet Hill, having been indicted to appear and stand trial for witchcraft, hanged herself in prison, whereupon her body was dragged at a horse's tail to the Gallowlee, and buried under the gallows. J The Gallowlee here mentioned, and previously referred to, was one of the common muirs which belonged to the Burgh of Canongate, and situated where Shrub Place and Shrub Hill, Leith Walk, are now; and long used as a place of execution, " as being conveniently situated for the Burgh of...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236661117
  • 9781236661111