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Irish Witchcraft and Demonology by Seymour

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IRISH WITCHCRAFT AND DEMONOLOGY

by

ST. JOHN D. SEYMOUR, B.D.

Author of "The Diocese of Emly," etc.

Dublin Hodges, Figgis & Co. Ltd. 104 Grafton Street London Humphrey Milford Amen Corner, E.C. 1913

CONTENTS

PAGE

CHAPTER I

SOME REMARKS ON WITCHCRAFT IN IRELAND 1

CHAPTER II

A.D. 1324

DAME ALICE KYTELER, THE SORCERESS OF KILKENNY 25

CHAPTER III

A.D. 1223-1583

THE KYTELER CASE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS OF SORCERY AND HERESY--MICHAEL SCOT--THE FOURTH EARL OF DESMOND--JAMES I AND THE IRISH PROPHETESS--A SORCERY ACCUSATION OF 1447-- WITCHCRAFT TRIALS IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY--STATUTES DEALING WITH THE SUBJECT--EYE-BITERS--THE ENCHANTED EARL OF DESMOND 46

CHAPTER IV

A.D. 1606-1656

A CLERICAL WIZARD--WITCHCRAFT CURED BY A RELIC--RAISING THE DEVIL IN IRELAND--HOW HE WAS CHEATED BY A DOCTOR OF DIVINITY--STEWART AND THE FAIRIES--REV. ROBERT BLAIR AND THE MAN POSSESSED WITH A DEVIL--STRANGE OCCURRENCES NEAR LIMERICK--APPARITIONS OF MURDERED PEOPLE AT PORTADOWN-- CHARMED LIVES--VISIONS AND PORTENTS--PETITION OF A BEWITCHED ANTRIM MAN IN ENGLAND--ARCHBISHOP USSHER'S PROPHECIES--MR. BROWNE AND THE LOCKED CHEST 77

CHAPTER V

A.D. 1661

FLORENCE NEWTON, THE WITCH OF YOUGHAL 105

CHAPTER VI

A.D. 1662-1686

THE DEVIL AT DAMERVILLE--AND AT BALLINAGARDE--TAVERNER AND HADDOCK'S GHOST--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 IN CO. TIPPERARY--A CLERGYMAN AND HIS WIFE BEWITCHED TO DEATH-- BEWITCHING OF MR. MOOR--THE FAIRY-POSSESSED BUTLER--A GHOST INSTIGATES A PROSECUTION--SUPPOSED WITCHCRAFT IN CO. CORK--THE DEVIL AMONG THE QUAKERS 132

CHAPTER VII

A.D. 1688

AN IRISH-AMERICAN WITCH 176

CHAPTER VIII

A.D. 1689-1720

PORTENT ON ENTRY OF JAMES II--WITCHCRAFT IN CO. ANTRIM-- TRADITIONAL VERSION OF SAME--EVENTS PRECEDING THE ISLAND-MAGEE WITCH-TRIAL--THE TRIAL ITSELF--DR. FRANCIS HUTCHINSON 194

CHAPTER IX

A.D. 1807 TO PRESENT DAY

MARY BUTTERS, THE CARNMONEY WITCH--BALLAD ON HER--THE HAND OF GLORY--A JOURNEY THROUGH THE AIR--A "WITCH" IN 1911--SOME MODERN ILLUSTRATIONS OF CATTLE- AND MILK-MAGIC--TRANSFERENCE OF DISEASE BY A _cailleach_-- BURYING THE SHEAF--J.P.'S COMMISSION--CONCLUSION 224


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