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Abbreviations Used in Witches Listings

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Abbreviations Used in Witches Listings


  • The date given is the date of trial, date a commission reviewed the case, or date when the case was last mentioned.


  • F = female
  • M = male

Marital Status

  • U = unknown
  • M = married
  • S = single
  • W = widowed

Trial Status

  • T = taken to trial
  • Proc. = preliminary proceedings taken in pre-trial processes
  • Men. = mentioned as a witch by an accused person
  • Com. = Privy Council or Parliamentary Commission to named individuals for local trial


  • Ex .= executed
  • Nk. = not known
  • Ncp. = non-capital punishment
  • Misc. = other outcome (escaped, died in prison, etc.)
  • Acq. = acquitted

Principal Sources

  • APS = Acts of Parliament of Scotland
  • D = Circuit Minute Books, Scottish Record Office
  • JC = Justiciary Court MSS, Scottish Record Office
  • Pit = Pitcairn, Criminal Trials in Scotland (1833)
  • Proc.SRO List = Scottish Record Office hand list of processes
  • RPC = Register of the Privy Council, Edinburgh (1880)
  • RCE = MS. Records of the Committee of Estates, Scottish Record Office
  • SJC = Selected Justiciary Cases, Stair Society
  • SRO Adj List = Index to Books of Adjournal, Scottish Record Office

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