The Witches of Islandmagee

At this time of year I feel it appropriate to reblog David Lawlor’s post about the last witch trials in Ireland. How terrible that someone’s life could be taken by the pointing of a fickle finger.


Illustration of witches, perhaps being tortured before James VI and I, from his Daemonologie (1597) Illustration of witches, perhaps being tortured before James VI and I, from his Daemonologie (1597)

In this month of spooks and witches, we tend to laugh off the whole ‘demonic possession’ thing as a bit of a joke, but there was a time when accusing someone of witchcraft had very real and very dire consequences. What follows is all true, and revisits the last witchcraft trial to be held in Ireland.

It all began one night in September 1710, when Mrs Anne Haltridge, widow of the Rev. John Haltridge, late Presbyterian minister at Islandmagee, Co Antrim, was being tormented by a strange force.

Stones and turf were flung at her bed, the curtains were pulled from one end to the other, the pillows were taken from under her head, and the clothes pulled off. Terrified and bewildered, Mrs Haltridge fled the room and slept elsewhere.

Things got spookier on the…

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About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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4 Responses to The Witches of Islandmagee

  1. Unfortunately, this is still going on in our world. Very interesting post, Jean.

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  2. Ali Isaac says:

    Funnily enough, I was just reading about this today. Creepy coincidence???

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