Elspeth Reoch

Where was she executed?

Kirkwall, Scotland

Why was she accused of witchcraft?

Reoch was a homeless woman who wandered through villages offering clairvoyance skills for a living. She also claimed to be mute and to have met with fairies.

Other Information:

  • Reoch likely came from an abusive background, causing her to detach somewhat from reality.

  • Reoch was able to cast spells by pulling petals from the melfour herb (pictured on her tombstone) and reciting chants.

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