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Witchcraft and Lore in South West Scotland

Leather Belt



"Metting the belt" is a form of divination that was not common to witchcraft lore; however the belt as a form of divination was seen within Dumfries. In 1654 Katharein Nicolsone gave evidence against a neighbour. She claimed that he had asked a "wise wife" to attend to his sick child. The woman "metted the belt" and this apparently showed that his wife did not care for the child properly.


In other instances a belt and girdle were said to be used by witches for fertility practises and for determining the outcome of an illness.

Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
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Dumfries & Galloway Council