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 Joan Wytte

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Joan Wytte

Birth
Bodmin, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England
Death
1813 (aged 37–38)
Bodmin, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England
Burial
Burial Details Unknown, Specifically: Died in Bodmin Jail. Buried in a peaceful wooded area near Boscastle in 1998.
Memorial ID
97492405 View Source

Joan Wytte was born in 1775 in Bodmin, Cornwall. She was sometimes called the "Fighting Fairy Woman" or the "Wytte (White) Witch".

Joan was famed as a clairvoyant, and people would seek her services as a seer, diviner and healer. Her healing practices included the use of "clooties" (or "clouties"), strips of cloth taken from a sick person and tied to a tree or a holy well as a form of sympathetic magic, such that when the cloth rots, the disease was believed to dissipate.

Later in life, she became very ill-tempered as a result of a tooth abscess, and would shout and rail at people. She often became involved in fights where she exhibited remarkable strength and people came to believe she was possessed by the devil. She was eventually incarcerated in Bodmin Jail, not for witchcraft but for public brawling, and due to poor conditions in the jail, Joan died of bronchial pneumonia at the age of 38.

Her bones were disinterred and used for séances and various pranks, then later displayed at the Witchcraft Museum in Boscastle, Cornwall. It is said that, while her skeleton was on display in the museum, they started to experience disruptive poltergeists, and a witch was bought in to advise them, who said that Wytte's spirit wished to be laid in a proper burial. She was finally laid to rest in a peaceful wooded area in Boscastle, and her gravestone reads: "Joan Wytte. Born 1775. Died 1813 in Bodmin Jail. Buried 1998. No longer abused".

via https://www.witchcraftandwitches.com/witches_wytte.html

Joan Wytte was born in 1775 in Bodmin, Cornwall. She was sometimes called the "Fighting Fairy Woman" or the "Wytte (White) Witch".

Joan was famed as a clairvoyant, and people would seek her services as a seer, diviner and healer. Her healing practices included the use of "clooties" (or "clouties"), strips of cloth taken from a sick person and tied to a tree or a holy well as a form of sympathetic magic, such that when the cloth rots, the disease was believed to dissipate.

Later in life, she became very ill-tempered as a result of a tooth abscess, and would shout and rail at people. She often became involved in fights where she exhibited remarkable strength and people came to believe she was possessed by the devil. She was eventually incarcerated in Bodmin Jail, not for witchcraft but for public brawling, and due to poor conditions in the jail, Joan died of bronchial pneumonia at the age of 38.

Her bones were disinterred and used for séances and various pranks, then later displayed at the Witchcraft Museum in Boscastle, Cornwall. It is said that, while her skeleton was on display in the museum, they started to experience disruptive poltergeists, and a witch was bought in to advise them, who said that Wytte's spirit wished to be laid in a proper burial. She was finally laid to rest in a peaceful wooded area in Boscastle, and her gravestone reads: "Joan Wytte. Born 1775. Died 1813 in Bodmin Jail. Buried 1998. No longer abused".

via https://www.witchcraftandwitches.com/witches_wytte.html

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  • Maintained by: Dana Engstrom
  • Originally Created by: Brett Williams
  • Added: 21 Sep 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 97492405
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/97492405/joan-wytte: accessed ), memorial page for Joan Wytte (1775–1813), Find a Grave Memorial ID 97492405, ; Maintained by Dana Engstrom (contributor 49432621)Burial Details Unknown, who reports a Died in Bodmin Jail. Buried in a peaceful wooded area near Boscastle in 1998..