Unreal Irish Folklore

The Cursed Kiss of Florence Newton

October 11, 2020

In 1661, rumours swept the town of Youghal about the deadly kiss of a woman named Florence Newton, a kiss that could bring terrible pain, claim lives, and that marked her out for what she truly was – a witch.


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Sources and Further Reading

Irish Witchcraft and Demonology, by St. John D. Seymour

‘Florence Newton’s trial for witchcraft, Cork, 1661: Sir William Aston’s transcript’, Edited by Dr Andrew Sneddon

‘Witchcraft belief and trials in early modern Ireland,’ Dr Andrew Sneddon

Witchfinders, by Malcolm Gaskill




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