May, 1857 - May 1857

Case of Witchcraft in Hilton, fisherman Donald Ross had an attraction for a young lady which was recipricated, when his feelings towards her cooled he suddenly became ill. He decided she had put a spell on him in revenge and a way to stop that spell was to cut a cross into the girl’s forehead. He attacked the girl, throwing her to the ground he managed to cut her cheek before she fought him off and escaped. The Sheriff wondered in this day and age how people could still believe a girl had the ability to cast a spell and make someone ill. Fined 20 shillings [£1] or 12 days in prison.