The Survey of Scottish Witchcraft

1563-1736

By Julian Goodare, Lauren Martin, Joyce Miller and Louise Yeoman, January 2003


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Trial Details

T/LA/934 Agnes Sampsoune

Name of the accused
Agnes Sampsoune
Associated case
C/EGD/63 (28/1/1591)
Trial process type
Central Court
associated trials
trial reference accused trial type trial year trial place
no recorded trials

Pre-trial actions

commissions
commission body type date seal notes
no recorded commission
previous commissions
commission body date
no recorded prior commission
appeals
central authority reason appeal date
no recorded appeals
complaints
type date of complaint lodged at appeal date complainent involvement
no recorded complaints
move to higher legal authority
moved to date of move
no recorded move to higher legal authority
denunciations
denuncation date dated
no recorded denunciations
imprisonments
incarceration date central trial imprison prison location moving
no recorded imprisonments
tortures
date of torture torture type
no recorded tortures
ordeals
date of ordeal ordeal type
no recorded ordeals
confessions
central trial confession date location notes
yes 27/1/1591 Edinburgh None
no None None None

other information

Pre-trial notes
Mega-confession where she denied the demonic elements and confessed to folk healing. She denied all the North Berwick stuff, but eventually confessed to it, the questioning took place over a week, but the document is not in good condition and the date is destroyed. She was confronted with other suspects on the 15 January but can't read the year, probably 1591. She was confronted with Gellie Duncan and Jonat Campbel.
watched?
no
watch date
no information
arrested?
no
arrest date
no information
fled?
no
date absconded
no information
action dropped?
no
action dropped date
no information
action dropped by
no information
trial action body
no information
confronting suspects?
yes

Trial phase

trial date
21/1/1591
trial place
no information

place of trial

settlement
Edinburgh
parish
no information
presbytery
no information
county
no information
burgh
no information

verdict

verdict
Guilty
defence
no
female accusers
0
male accusers
0
recorded as high status?
yes
order for central judiciary trial
no
judiciary trial date
no information
circuit court (mixed central and local)
no
circuit name
no information
local court with central representatives
no
trial notes
described as convicted by an assize and 'brint' 28/1/1591 in calendar of State papers.
persons associated with the trial
name title office occupation involvement witchpricker? notes
David MacGill Mr None advocate Prosecutor no Involved in cases in 1586, 1590-1, 1593, 1614 and 1628-9.
William White None None None Chancellor no Involved in Agnes Sampson trial in 1591. Name spelt Quhyte in records.

Post-trial phase

sentence
Execution
executed?
yes
execution date
28/1/1591
execution place
Castle Hill
execution method
Strangle & Burn
post trial notes
The date was given in Calendar of State Papers.
other named witches
name trial link accused link
Nicol Murray T/LA/984 A/LA/2792
wife of Nicoll Murray T/LA/936 A/EGD/53
Rychard Grahame T/LA/985 A/LA/2793
Gelie Duncan T/LA/970 A/EGD/99
Bessie Robsoun T/LA/975 A/LA/2784
Jokkie Gray-meill T/LA/974 A/LA/2783
Jonet Gaw T/LA/937 A/EGD/54
Ersche Marioun Unknown T/LA/883 A/EGD/135
Unknown Unknown T/LA/988 A/EGD/60
Meg Bogtoun T/LA/944 A/EGD/64
Katherene Wallace T/LA/945 A/EGD/65
Marioun Linkup T/LA/933 A/LA/2779
unknown Linkup T/LA/935 A/LA/2780
Janet Campbell T/LA/943 A/EGD/63
Meg Dun T/LA/987 A/EGD/90
unknown Stobbeis T/LA/977 A/LA/2786
unknown Stobbeis T/LA/976 A/LA/2785
Beigis Tod T/LA/51 A/EGD/136
Ewfame Makcalzene T/LA/995 A/EGD/93
Meg Stillcart T/LA/979 A/LA/2787
Katherine Gray T/LA/932 A/EGD/67
Agnes Straitton T/LA/980 A/LA/2788
Unknown Unknown T/LA/981 A/LA/2789
unknown unknown T/LA/982 A/LA/2790
Bessie Thompson T/LA/969 A/EGD/109
Daughter of Agnes Sampson T/LA/983 A/LA/2791
Margaret Acheson T/LA/964 A/EGD/68
Catherine Duncane T/LA/942 A/EGD/59
Bessie Wrycht T/LA/941 A/EGD/58
Issobell Gylour T/LA/940 A/EGD/57
wife of John Ramsay T/LA/939 A/EGD/56
Anny Rycheson T/LA/938 A/EGD/55
Cristine Kerington T/LA/973 A/EGD/89
Masie Aichesoune T/LA/946 A/EGD/88
Marie Patersone T/LA/947 A/EGD/87
Alexander Quhytlaw T/LA/948 A/EGD/86
Marioune Nicolsoun T/LA/949 A/EGD/85
Marioune Bailzie T/LA/950 A/EGD/84
Johnne Gordoun T/LA/884 A/EGD/134
Issobell Lauder T/LA/952 A/EGD/82
Helen Quhyte T/LA/953 A/EGD/81
Margaret Thomson T/LA/963 A/EGD/69
Jonet Nicolsoun T/LA/951 A/EGD/83
Marioune Scheill T/LA/954 A/EGD/80
Helen Lauder T/LA/955 A/EGD/79
Wife of Archie Henillis T/LA/968 A/LA/2782
Duncan Buchquahanne T/LA/956 A/EGD/77
Marioun Colington T/LA/957 A/EGD/76
Bessie Gulane T/LA/958 A/EGD/75
Bessie Broune T/LA/959 A/EGD/74
Wife of Thomas Brounhill T/LA/961 A/EGD/72
Thomas Brounhill T/LA/960 A/EGD/73
Gilbert McGill T/LA/962 A/EGD/71
Catherine McGillis T/LA/967 A/EGD/91
Johne McGill (McGillis) T/LA/966 A/EGD/51
Barbara Napier T/LA/72 A/EGD/92
John Fean T/LA/928 A/EGD/48
Margaret Acheson T/LA/964 A/EGD/68
Jonet Fairlie T/LA/1677 A/EGD/105

Mentioned as a witch

mentioned as a witch
type name mention date fate linked trialdate trial link notes
no mentions