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I have asked this question before: Was Lady Janet Douglas of Glamis a witch?
A recent book by Deborah Richmond Foulkes, FSAScot, FLAMES OF MY TRUTH, The Tragic Execution of Janet Douglas would appear to put the matter to rest.
In a note to me, she wrote:
I reviewed the entire surviving records that Pictcairn published on Criminal Trials in Scotland and in all three trials involving Janet, she was never charged with witchcraft. I did find that her son was charged and around June 10 1537 gave testimony to accuse his mother of imagining the poisoning of the king...but he had baggage of his own with accusations of accompanying Master Forbes in a raid to shoot the king with a culverin in Aberdeenshire...and as as trying to poison Earl Rothes.
I do believe that Janet's daughter Margaret Lyon was born deformed (not the first or last in the Lyon line) which led people in the 16th c. to point to the mother as one who used witchcraft or practiced adultery. The daughter, born around 1524, died in 1610 and at one time James V described her as that 'thing' residing in a locked room at Glamis (before he removed her to the N. Berwick nunnery in 1537).
So Not a witch!
Her book is available on Amazon.
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