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Term: Isobel Gowdie

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Isobel Gowdie: A famous Scottish Witch. In 1662 she confessed to a number of fanciful acts of magick, including shapeshifting into the form of a hare and visiting Elphame, the queen of the fairies, under the earth. She confessed without being tortured, but her bizarre claims did not fit with what her inquisitors expected. Some think she was psychotic while others think it was a clever way to confuse those who spoke against her. There is no record as to what happened to her.


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