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Folk-healing, fairies and witchcraft: the trial of Stein Maltman, Stirling 1628

Hall, Alaric (2006) Folk-healing, fairies and witchcraft: the trial of Stein Maltman, Stirling 1628. Studia Celtica Fennica, 3. pp. 10-25. ISSN 1795-097X

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Abstract

'Folk-healing, Fairies and Witchcraft: The Trial of Stein Maltman, Stirling 1628' is the first full publication of a trial record which is particularly valuable in the history of Scottish popular belief, that of Stein Maltman, of Leckie, about twelve kilometres to the West of Stirling. Although our text has itself been edited from the original transcripts of depositions and confessions by the seventeenth-century scribe, it provides important information about folk-healing practices, maleficium, and the role of fairies in the construction of illness in early modern Scotland. The case seems to be representative of endemic rather than epidemic witchcraft-trials, and the mentions of fairies attributed to Stein and which he is himself recorded to make may closely reflect his professional construction of healing practices.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2006 Finnish Society for Celtic Studies
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of English (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2009 10:51
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:05
Published Version: http://www.sfks.org/scf_en.php
Status: Published
Publisher: Finnish Society for Celtic Studies
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5581

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