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Irish Witchcraft and Demonology

Irish Witchcraft and Demonology

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IRISH WITCHCRAFT ANDDEMONOLOGY
by St. JOHN D. SEYMOUR, B.D.
[1913]
This is a survey of the Witch persecution in Ireland, as well as a wide array of other  paranormal events such as poltergeists, ghosts, apparations and even an early UFO account.Very readable, yet well documented, this book has the extensive and fascinating quotesfrom historical source documents.Seymour proposes that the witch-craze was more muted in Ireland than elsewhere inEurope. Relatively speaking, there appear to have been fewer cases in Ireland. This doesn'tmean that the consequences were any less harsh for the accused. In these texts we can seehow people exhibiting what we would today consider schizophrenic or senile behavior werevulnerable to being accused of witchcraft.
CONTENTS
CHAPTER ISOME REMARKS ON WITCHCRAFT IN IRELAND1CHAPTER IIA.D. 1324DAME ALICE KYTELER, THE SORCERESS OF KILKENNY25CHAPTER IIIA.D. 1223-1583THE KYTELER CASE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS OF SORCERY AND HERESY--MICHAELSCOT--THE FOURTH EARL OF DESMOND--JAMES I AND THE IRISH PROPHETESS--ASORCERY ACCUSATION OF 1447--WITCHCRAFT TRIALS IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY--STATUTES DEALING WITH THE SUBJECT--EYE-BITERS--THE ENCHANTED EARL OF46
 
DESMOND
 p. vi
 CHAPTER IVA.D. 1606-1656A CLERICAL WIZARD--WITCHCRAFT CURED BY A RELIC--RAISING THE DEVIL INIRELAND--HOW HE WAS CHEATED BY A DOCTOR OF DIVINITY--STEWART AND THEFAIRIES--REV. ROBERT BLAIR AND THE MAN POSSESSED WITH A DEVIL--STRANGEOCCURRENCES NEAR LIMERICK--APPARITIONS OF MURDERED PEOPLE ATPORTADOWN--CHARMED LIVES--VISIONS AND PORTENTS--PETITION OF A BEWITCHEDANTRIM MAN IN ENGLAND--ARCHBISHOP USSHER'S PROPHECIES--MR. BROWNE ANDTHE LOCKED CHEST77CHAPTER VA.D. 1661FLORENCE NEWTON, THE WITCH OF YOUGHAL105CHAPTER VIA.D. 1662-1686THE DEVIL AT DAMERVILLE--AND AT BALLINAGARDE--TAVERNER AND HADDOCK'SGHOST--HUNTER AND THE GHOSTLY OLD WOMAN--A WITCH RESCUED BY THE DEVIL--DR. WILLIAMS AND THE HAUNTED HOUSE IN DUBLIN--APPARITIONS SEEN IN THE AIR INCO. TIPPERARY--A CLERGY-MAN
 p. vii
AND HIS WIFE BEWITCHED TO DEATH-BEWITCHINGOF MR. MOOR--THE FAIRY-POSSESSED BUTLER--A GHOST INSTIGATES A PROSECUTION--SUPPOSED WITCHCRAFT IN CO. CORK--THE DEVIL AMONG THE QUAKERS132CHAPTER VIIA.D. 1688AN IRISH-AMERICAN WITCH176CHAPTER VIIIA.D. 1689-1720194
 
PORTENT ON ENTRY OF JAMES II--WITCHCRAFT IN CO. ANTRIM--TRADITIONAL VERSIONOF SAME--EVENTS PRECEDING THE ISLAND--MAGEE WITCH-TRIAL--THE TRIAL ITSELF--DR. FRANCIS HUTCHINSONCHAPTER IXA.D. 1807TO PRESENT DAY MARY BUTTERS, THE CARNMONEY WITCH--BALLAD ON HER--THEHAND OF GLORY--A JOURNEY THROUGH THE AIR--A "WITCH" IN 1911--SOME MODERNILLUSTRATIONS OF CATTLE- AND MILK- MAGIC--TRANSFERENCE OF DISEASE BY A
cailleach
--BURYING THE SHEAF--J.P.'S COMMISSION--CONCLUSION224
IRISH WITCHCRAFT ANDDEMONOLOGY
CHAPTER I
SOME REMARKS ON WITCHCRAFT IN IRELAND
IT is said, though we cannot vouch for the accuracy of the statement, that in a certain book on the natural history of Ireland there occurs a remarkable and oft-quoted chapter onSnakes--the said chapter consisting of the words, "There are no snakes in Ireland." In theopinion of most people at the present day a book on Witchcraft in Ireland would be of equallength and similarly worded, except for the inclusion of the Kyteler case in the town of Kilkenny in the first half of the fourteenth century. For, with the exception of that classicincident, modern writers seem to hold that the witch-cult
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never found a home in Ireland as it did elsewhere. For example, the article on "Witchcraft"in the latest edition of the
 Encyclopædia Britannica
mentions England and Scotland, then passes on to the Continent, and altogether ignores this country; and this is, in general, theattitude adopted by writers on the subject. In view of this it seems very strange that no onehas attempted to show why the Green Isle was so especially favoured above the rest of thecivilised world, or how it was that it alone escaped the contracting of a disease that not for years but for centuries had infected Europe to the core. As it happens they may sparethemselves the labour of seeking for an explanation of Ireland's exemption, for we hope to

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