Scientists recreated the face of the Scottish “witch”, who died 300 years ago

In 1704 she was accused of witchcraft and sentenced to death.

Scientists recreated the face of the Scottish "witch", who died 300 years ago

A team of scientists from the University of Dundee published a portrait of a Scot Lilias Edie, recreated from photographs of her skull. At the beginning of the 18th century, a woman was tortured and sentenced to imprisonment as a “witch” — the authorities accused Lilias of witchcraft and of having sex with the devil. Scot lost her life shortly before the imminent death penalty (the woman was supposed to be burned) — presumably as a result of suicide.

Lilias was buried near her home village of Torribern, in a coastal strip that is flooded during tides. The body was covered with a huge stone slab, which was supposed to prevent the devil from resurrecting the “witch” from the dead.

After about 100 years, one of the local residents unearthed the burial place and took out the skull of Lilias to try to sell. It was acquired by the Museum of St. Andrews University, on the territory of which the skull was kept until the beginning of the 20th century, until it disappeared. Until the loss of it owners managed to take photos — these pictures and were used to recreate the face of Lilias Edie.


According to Christopher Wrynn, one of the scientists who worked on the reconstruction of the face, the portrait that turned out — most likely, the only reliable image of the Scottish “witch”. The remains of most of the women accused of witchcraft at the time were usually simply burned.

Clemence Tamera
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