A historical account of the belief in witchcraft in Scotland

By Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe

Genre:
History
First published in:
1884

About this book

In the year 1819 Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe edited from manuscript the work now com- monlyknown as Law’s ” Memorialls.” Though now a standard work, and often quoted by historical writers, it had not been printed prior to the above-named date. The title in full runs as follows : — ** Memorialls ; or the Memorable Things that fell out Within this Island of Brittain from 1638 to 1684. By the Rev. Mr. Robert Law.” In the preface to the “Memorialls” Mr. Sharpe says regarding the manuscript: — “The MS. from which the ‘Mem- orialls ‘ have been printed is not in the hand- writing of the author. Transcribed with extreme inaccuracy by some blundering amanuensis, it has been corrected by Woodrow himself, and forms a part of the voluminous collection of MSS. made by that reverend minister as materials for his ‘Account of the Sufferings of the Scottish Church ‘ ; and for another work which, from several papers in his library, he seems to have projected, but most unfortunately did not bring to perfection — *A History or Collection of Authentic Narratives respecting the Apparitions and Witchcraft of his Native Country.’ ” The author. Rev. Robert Law, was minister of Easter Kilpatrick, in the county of Dumbarton.