a witch, as in the case of Janet Breadheid of Auldearne, whose husband 'enticed her into that craft'. I have quoted above (p. 179) the ceremony at the marriage of witches in the Basses-Pyrénées. Rebecca Weste, daughter of a witch, married the Devil by what may be a primitive rite; he came to her 'as shee was going to bed, and told her, he would marry her, and that shee could not deny him; shee said he kissed her, but was as cold as clay, and married her that night, in this manner; he tooke her by the hand and lead her about the chamber, and promised to be her loving husband till death, and to avenge her of her enemies; and that then shee promised him to be his obedient wife till death, and to deny God, and Christ Jesus.' At Edinburgh in 1658 a young woman called Anderson was tried: 'her confessioun was, that scho did marry the devill.' The Swedish witches in 1670 confessed that at Blockula 'the Devil had Sons and Daughters which he did marry together'. Giraldus Cambrensis gives an account of a 'spirit' in the form of a red-haired young man, called Simon, who 'was begotten upon the wife of a rustic in that parish, by a demon, in the shape of her husband, naming the man, and his father-in-law, then dead, and his mother, still alive; the truth of which the woman upon examination openly avowed'.
- Pitcairn, iii, p. 616.
- Howell, iv, 842.
- Nicoll's Diary, p. 212. Bannatyne Club.
- Horneck, pt. ii, p. 323.
- Davies, p. 183. Cp. also the birth of Merlin. Giraldus Cambrensis, Itinerary, Bk. I, xii, 91 b.