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Contents

Chapter I

Some Remarks on Witchcraft in Ireland

Chapter II

A.D. 1324
Dame Alice Kyteler, The Sorceress of Kilkenny

Chapter III

A.D. 1223 – 1583
The Kyteler Case and its surroundings of sorcery and heresy—Michael Scot—The Fourth Earl of Desmond—James I and the Irish Prophetess—A sorcery accusation of 1447—Witchcraft trials in the sixteenth century—Statutes dealing with the subject—Eye-biters—The enchanted Earl of Desmond

Chapter IV

A.D. 1606-1656
A clerical wizard—Witchcraft cured by a relic—Raising the Devil in Ireland—How he was cheated by a Doctor of Divinity—Stewart and the Fairies—Rev. Robert Blair and the Man possessed with a Devil—Strange occurrences near Limerick—Apparitions of murdered people at Portadown—Charmed lives—Visions and portents—Petition of a bewitched Antrim man in England—Archbishop Ussher’s prophecies—Mr. Browne and the locked chest

Chapter V

A.D. 1661
Florence Newton, the Witch of Youghal

Chapter VI

A.D. 1662-1686
The Devil at Damerville—And at Ballinagarde—Taverner and Haddock’s ghost—Hunter and the ghostly old woman—A witch rescued by the Devil—Dr. Williams and the haunted house in Dublin—Apparitions [Pg vii]seen in the air in co. Tipperary—A clergyman and his wife bewitched to death—Bewitching of Mr. Moor—The fairy-possessed butler—A ghost instigates a prosecution—Supposed witchcraft in co. Cork—The Devil among the Quakers

Chapter VII

A.D. 1688
An Irish-American Witch

Chapter VIII

A.D. 1689-1720
Portent on entry of James II—Witchcraft in co. Antrim—Traditional version of same—Events preceding the Island-Magee witch-trial—The trial itself—Dr. Francis Hutchinson

Chapter IX

A.D. 1807 TO PRESENT DAY
Mary Butters, the Carnmoney witch—Ballad on her—The Hand of Glory—A journey through the air—A “witch” in 1911—Some modern illustrations of cattle- and milk-magic—Transference of disease by a cailleach—Burying the sheaf—J.P.’s Commission—Conclusion

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