The Witch Agnes sampson

Drawing of Agnes SampsonAgnes Sampson Lived in Never Keith East Lothian Scotland in the 1500’s
She was a proclaimed healer and Midwife
Was She just a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time?

In the spring of 1590 James, the VI  returned from Oslo after marrying  Anne the daughter of the King of Denmark-Norway.

The Danish Court was overrun with cases of Witchcraft and the Black Arts and this had a profound effect on the young King James. And on his way home the king’s voyage was hit by a great storm which he would not forget.

In the summer of 1590, a great witch hunt was instigated in Copenhagen one of the first women to be called up as a witch was Anna Koldings who gave up another five women as witches.

The women claimed they had set the storm that smashed into the young king’s voyage home and two of the women were burned at the stake for this.

The news reached the young about the witches pact and the King decided to hold his own witch trials in Scotland.

By the autumn of 1590, Scotland was deep in witch hunts of its own and many that were sent for trial were questioned by the king himself.

It Is said that Agnes Sampson attended a Witches coven on Halloween night 1590 in Berwick Scotland and their intention was to summon a fierce storm that would put an end to the young Kings bride on her voyage home.

Although the ship reached Scotland and his Bride was safe the king questioned Agnes and other women at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh about her and the other women’s part in the storm and trying to sink his bride’s ship at first she denied everything. So they decide to torture Agnes and fit her with an iron muzzle now called the Witches Bridel.


Witches Bridel
The Witches Bridel.


This torture leads Agnes to confess and they lead her to Castle Hill were they garrote her then burned her at the stake. This leads to one of the biggest Witch trials in Scotland the Berwick Witch Trials and the execution of over 70 women as witches.

There have been many reports of Agnes Sampson’s ghost wandering the halls of Holyrood Palace.



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