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bagg, and he fteiring it ftilP abowt with his handis. We wer wpon our kneyes, owr hair about owr
eyes, and owr handis lifted up, and ve looking ftedfaftlie wpon the Divell, praying to him, repeat-
ting the vordis quhich he learned vs, that it fould kill and dellroy the Lairdis of Park and Lochloy,
and thair meall-children and pofleritie. And then we cam to Inlhoch, in the night tyra, and fkatered
it wpon, and down, abow, and about the gait, and vther places quhair tlie Lairdis and thair fones wold
moft haunt; and then ve, in the lyknes of crowes and rewkis ftood abow tlie gait, and in the treis
opofit to the gait. It wes apointed fo, that if any of them fould twitch- or tramp wpou any of it, als
veill as it or any of it to fall on thaim, it fould llrik tiiaim with byllis,' &c. and kill them : Quhilk it
did ; and they Ihortlie died. We did it to mak that hows airles.* It wold wrong non els bot they.
And it wes Keatliren Sowter, that wes brunt,'' that [fliot] William Hay, the laft Laird of Parkis bro-
ther, for'' on Gilbert Kinley. It wes only that bagg that wes the death of both the laft Lairdis of Park.
Alfo, four yeir fince, I and my hufljand, Iffobell Gowdie, fpows to Johne Gilbert, in Lochloy, and
Beffie and Margret Wilfones, in Aulderne, maid [a pictur] of clay, lyk the Laird of Parkis eldeft
fone. My hu(l)and brought hom the clay in his plaid [newk. It] ves maid in my hows; and the
Divell him felf with ws. We brak the clay werie fmall, lyk raeil, [and] fifted it with a flew, and
powred in vater amongfl it, with wordis that the Divell learned vs, [in the Di]vellis nam. I
brought hom the water, in a pig,'' out of the Rud-wall.^ We wer all wpon owr [kneyes,] and our hair
about owr eyes, and owr handis lifted vp to the Divell, and owr eyes ftedfaft looking [vpon him,]
praying, and faying wordis which he learned ws, thryfe ower, for deftroyeing of this'' Lairdis [meall]
children, and to mak his hows airles. It wes werie fore wrowght, lyk rye-bowt. It was about the
bignes of a feadge or pow. It was juft maid lyk the bairne; it vanted no mark of any maill child,
fuch as held, face, eyes, nofe, mowth, lippes, &c., and the handis of it folded downe by its fydis. It
ves putt to the fyre, firft till it fcrukned,'" and than a cleir fjTe about it, till it ves hard. And then
we took it owt of the fyre, in the Divellis nam ; and we laid a clowt abowt it, and did lay [it]
vp on a knag, and fometimes vnder a chill. Each day we void water it, and then roll and bek " it ;
and turn it at the fyre each other day, whill " that bairne died ; and then layed it vp, and lleired '•' it
not wntill the uixt bairne wes borne : And then, within half an yeir efter that baiin wes borne, [we]
took it owt again out of the cradle and clowt, and void dip it now and than among water, and beck
[it] and roft it at the fyre, eachother day once, as ve did againft the vther that ves dead, wntill that bairn
[died] alfo. All quhilkis of the premiffes, fwa fpokin and willinglie Confeffit and declarit furth of
the mouth of the faid Janet Bred[heid,] in all and be all thiugis as is abow fett downe, I, the faid
Johne Innes, Notar Publict, haw writtine thir prefentis, and with the Witnesses abownamet, in
farder teftimonie and witneffing of the premiffes to be of veritie. We haw fubfciyuit the famen with
our handis, [day, month,] yeir, and place abow fpecifeit.
Joannes Innes, Notarius Puhlicus.^*
Hew Rose, Minister at Nairne, Attestis thir premisses, confessed in my presence, Aprile 15, 1662.
Mb Hart Forbes, Minister of tlie Gospel at Old Earn, Attestis.
Archibald Dunbar, witnes, Attestis. W, Sutherland off Kinsterie, Attestis the premisses.
[Johne \Ve]ir, in Aulderne, Attestis; Confessed in my presence, Apryll 15, 1662.
J. Couper, Attestes. W. Chalmer, witnes to the premisses, corifest in my presentis, 15 of Apryll.
Hew Hat Attestes the premisees, Confest 15 Appryll, 1662.'*
* Ever ; constantly. ^ Touch. ^ Boils. ' Heirless. ^ For Witchcraft. ^ At the
instigation of, ' Earthen jug, or jar. ^ The Rood, or Holt-Cross, well. ^ The present Laird's
male children. The last two Lairds are stated to have been destroyed by the charmed bag. " Got parched, or
shrivelled ; shrwik. '^ Bake. '^ Every alternate day, until that child died. '^ Stirred, '* The
long Latin docquet is annexed, '* Some farther mai-king had at one time been on the margin ; but only a few
of the letters at the end of each line now remain. It appears to have been the Judgment of the Justice-depute, from
a fragment of a Memorandum on the back of the Confession ; so that it is probable she had been tried at one of the
* Justice-Airs' —and of course would, on her own Confession, be condemned to be burnt*

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