For the primary source exercise I used MEMSO to access medieval sources.
Statutes of the Realm. Volume 4 Part 1 [1547-1585], p. 53 Volume 4.1 (1547 – 1585)
This seems to be a documentation of the acts passed in parliament by King James I of England. The act which would relate to my dissertation subject would be “An Act against conjuration of witchcraft and dealing with evil and wicked spirits”
If I have understood this source correctly, then it would back up the argument that James I of England did not leave the ‘witch-craze’ behind him in Scotland as some scholars have claimed. Instead, a law went through parliament in London which forbid any relations to witchcraft etc. Although, it would be expected for such a law to be in place as the witch hunts were trending across Europe at the time.
The secondary sources I have found, until now, are books in my collection that I’m certain to have access to. The rest, such as primary sources, I plan to gain access to online from archives etc. Hopefully there will be opportunities to gain access to archives physically when it comes to write the dissertation.
Additionally, I intend to use the universities E-books in the library catalogue.
Breverton, Terry. Brevertons Phantasmagoria – a Compendium of Monsters, Myths and Legends. Quercus Publishing Plc, 2011.
Davies, Owen. Grimoires: a History of Magic Books. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Goodare, Julian. Scottish Witches and Witch-Hunters. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
HUTTON, RONALD. The Witch: A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present. NEW HAVEN; LONDON: Yale University Press, 2017.
Institoris, Heinrich, and Christopher S. Mackay. Malleus Maleficarum. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Lipscomb, Suzannah. A History of Magic Witchcraft & the Occult. New York, NY: DK Publishing, 2020.
Maxwell-Stuart, P. G. Witchcraft: a History. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Tempus, 2004.
Reid, Alexander George. Annals of Auchterarder and Memorials of Strathearn. Theclassics Us, 2013.
The National Archives