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Name Description Original Text
Anonymous 198A "Black grim Man" who appeared to Elizabeth Anderson while she was "playing about the door" of her Grandmother's house. Elizabeth saw the "Black grim Man go into the House to her Grandmother," at which time her Grandmother "desired her to take the Gentleman (as she named him) by the Hand," after which Elizabeth would receive a "Bon[n]y Black new Coat," which she did. Following this, the man "immediatly [...] vanished and went away," but returned a month later. At this second appearence of the man, Elizabeth is again told to hold his hand, but she "would not be perswaded to do it," and she quoted the Lord. After this, Elizabeth was not troubled by the black grim man again. THat about Seven years since or thereabouts, the [...] Elizabeth Anderson was with the Deceas'd Iean Fulton, her Grandmother; and playing about the door of the House she saw ane Black grim Man go into the House to her Grand|mother; who abode with her a considerable space, talking with her; and afterward she came to the door, and desired the said Elizabeth Anderson to come in; and upon her incoming, desired her to take the Gentleman (as she named him) by the Hand, and she would give her ane Bony Black new Coat, which accordingly she did; which seemed to her very cold: whereupon she was affraid, and immediatly he vanished and went away. About a Month after her Grandmother and she were both in the House together, when the aforesaid Gentle|man appeared to them, (which the said Elizabeth then suspect|ed to be the Devil) and he and her Grandmother fell a talk|ing together, by rounding in others Ears, but understood not what they said; and afterward her Grandmother desired her to take the Gentleman by the hand, but she refusing, saying, It was the Devil, which her Grandmother denying, said, It was a Gentleman a Friend of hers; and she still insisting and threatning her if she would not take him by the hand, she would get none of her Cloaths, but the said Elizabeth Ander|son would not be perswaded to do it, but saved her self from him, saying, the Lord be between me and him, whereupon her Grandmother said, she need not fear for it was not ill thing, and upon that the Devil went away in a Flight, she knew not how; and declares, for a long time after, she was no more troubled with the said Gentleman. Till one time her Father Alexander Anderson desired her to go with him through the Country to seek their Meat; to which she replyed, she need not go seek her Meat, seeing she might have Work: But her Father pressing her, she went with him, where he took her to ane Muir in Kilmacolme, where were gathered together, before they came, Agnes Nasmith, Margaret Fulton, Iohn Lindsay, called Bishop, Iames Lindsay, called Curat, ane Heigh|land Body, Katherine Campbel, ane Gentlewife called by them Antiochia, Thomas Woodrous's Wife in Carslup, Margaret Lang in Cartinpan, and her Daughter, Martha Semple, John Read Smith, John Stuart and his Wife, Annable Read, Margaret Sherer, Margaret Rodger in Park, Ianet Rodger her Sister, Robert Wal|lace in Kilpatrick, Allason there, Thomas Birkinyers Wife in Stamne-butts, and several others whom she does not know or remember, when the aforesaid Gentleman who appeared to her formerly, came to the said Elizabeth Anderson, bidding her Renounce her Baptism, promising her if she would con|sent thereto, she should be better then she was then, and she would get better Meat and better Cloaths, and she would not need to beg.

Appears in:
P., T.. A Relation of the Diabolical Practices of above Twenty Wizards and Witches of the Sheriffdom of Renfrew in the Kingdom of Scotland. London: 1697, 9-11