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Brough Victims of Scotland's Witch Trials of the 1600's

In the 1600's, Scotland put to death hundreds of alleged "witches", including the following three Brugh's--or Brough's--who were executed during the Crook of Devon Witch Trials of the 1600's:
     John Brughe (1586-1643) of Crook of Devon, Perthshire; killed in Culross, Fife.
     Janet Brugh (1612-1662) of Crook of Devon, Perthshire, killed in Crook of Devon, Perthshire.
     Agnes Brugh (1615-1662) of Crook of Devon, Perthshire, killed in Crook of Devon, Perthshire.
Genealogies of the above three individuals are listed within the "Genealogies" section of the BFO website.

Today a memorial maze--called The Witches Maze--has been constructed in the village of Crook of Devon, Perthshire, Scotland, to commemorate 11 innocent people who met their doom at the Crook of Devon Witch Trials in 1662. (The construction of The Witches Maze took place in 2003.)

Tullibole Castle near the village of Crook of Devon was once the home of William Halliday who with his son John and 3 others presided over a court that was responsible for one of the worst cases of witchcraft persecution that Scotland has ever seen. In 1662 the court sat 5 times resulting in the Doom of 11 persons. Those who survived the trial were taken to a small mound near the current village hall and strangled by the common Hangman and their bodies thrown on a fire.

The Accused "Witches" of the Crook of Devon Witch Trials of the 1600's:

Agnes Murrie, Trial 1 (3 April 1662):
On the first of these trials Agnes Murrie, Bessie Henderson, and Isabella Rutherford were condemned, and strangled and burnt on the following day.

Bessie Henderson, Trial 1 (3 April 1662):
On the first of these trials Agnes Murrie, Bessie Henderson, and Isabella Rutherford were condemned, and strangled and burnt on the following day.

Isabella Rutherford Trial 1 (3 April 1662):
On the first of these trials Agnes Murrie, Bessie Henderson, and Isabella Rutherford were condemned, and strangled and burnt on the following day.

Agnes Pittendriech, Trial 2 (23 April 1662):
Only one escaped, which she owed to being pregnant at the time of her trial, and being respited under an obligation to come up again for trial when required. As there is no record of any ulterior proceedings being taken against her, it is to be hoped that her respite resulted in their ultimate withdrawal.

Margaret Hoggan Trial 2 (23 April 1662):
In the case of Margaret Hoggan no conviction or sentence against her is recorded, although the evidence against her was equally strong as against the other panels ; .but in the dittay against her she is described as a woman of threescore and nineteen years, and she may have been either spared on account of her old age, or she may have died in the excitement and terror in the course of her trial. She is referred to as deceased at the next diet of Court, which took place two months afterwards.

Robert Wilson, Trial 2 (23 April 1662):
On the second trial Robert Wilson, Bessie Neil, Margaret Lister, Janet Paton, and Agnes Brugh were found guilty and sentenced to be burnt on the following day
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Bessie Neil, Trial 2 (23 April 1662):
On the second trial Robert Wilson, Bessie Neil, Margaret Lister, Janet Paton, and Agnes Brugh were found guilty and sentenced to be burnt on the following day.

Margaret Lister, Trial 2 (23 April 1662):
On the second trial Robert Wilson, Bessie Neil, Margaret Lister, Janet Paton, and Agnes Brugh were found guilty and sentenced to be burnt on the following day.

Janet Paton, Trial 2 (23 April 1662):
On the second trial Robert Wilson, Bessie Neil, Margaret Lister, Janet Paton, and Agnes Brugh were found guilty and sentenced to be burnt on the following day.

Agnes Brugh, Trail 2 (23 April 1662):
On the second trial Robert Wilson, Bessie Neil, Margaret Lister, Janet Paton, and Agnes Brugh were found guilty and sentenced to be burnt on the following day.

Margaret Hoggan Trial 3 (5 May 1662):
At the third diet, Margaret Hoggan and Janet Paton were brought to trial. There is no conviction against Margaret Hoggan; but Janet Paton was sentenced and strangled and burnt the same day.

Janet Paton, Trial 3 (5 May 1662):
At the third diet, Margaret Hoggan and Janet Paton were brought to trial. As before stated, there is no conviction against Margaret Hoggan; but Janet Paton was sentenced and strangled and burnt the same day.

Janet Brugh, Trial 4 (21 July 1662):
Janet Brugh and Christian Grieve. The former was convicted and executed the same day,

Christian Grieve, Trial 4 (21 July 1662) and 5 (8 October 1662):
Christian Grieve was put to her trial in July, 1662, and although the evidence against her appears to have been strong, the "hail assize in one voice declare that they will not convict her in no point of witchcraft, nor clenze her in no point," and yet within a period of three months the same jury, under the same presiding judge, and apparently without any additional evidence, convicted her, and she was strangled and burnt on the fifth day thereafter.

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