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The Torryburn witch

Face of 18th-Century Torryburn Witch Revealed in Digital Reconstruction

The face of a Scottish woman accused of witchcraft has been revealed 313 years after her death.
The digitally reconstructed face of Lilias Adie, the Torryburn witch
The digitally reconstructed face of Lilias Adie

Lilias Adie confessed to witchcraft and sex with the devil, but she died in prison in 1704 before she could be burned at the stake. Now, thanks to BBC Radio Scotland’s Time Travels and researchers at the University of Dundee, her face has been digitally reconstructed and revealed for the first time.

Adie was buried on the beach of the south west Fife coast in the muck between the high and low tide. A large stone slab was placed over her grave to prevent the devil from donning her rotting corpse and cavorting about having sex with witches.

There she was forgotten for over a hundred years until some locals in the late 19th century dug her up to sell pieces of her to local antiquarians.

Her skull went to St Andrews University Museum, where it was eventually lost. But not before it could be photographed. Dr Christopher Rynn used these photos to create the digital replica used in the facial reconstruction.

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The grave of Lilias Adie, the Torryburn Witch
The grave of Lilias Adie discovered in 2014

In 2014 researchers rediscovered the grave of the Torryburn witch.

Grave of the Torryburn Witch Found in Scotland


In 1704, an old poor woman in Torryburn, Scotland named Lilias Adie confessed to being a witch and having sex with the devil. She died in prison, however, before she could be tried, sentenced and burned at the stake.

She was buried in the muck of the coast with a large rock slab over her, most likely to prevent her corpse being reanimated by the devil to have sex with other witches.

Sometime in the late 19th century, her skull and other bits were dug up and sold. Her skull ended up in the St Andrews University Museum, where it was photographed before being lost, much like the grave itself.

The skull of the Torryburn witch stolen on display in the St Andrews University Museum

Though the location of Lilias’ skull remains a mystery, the BBC reports that Fife Council archaeologist Douglas Speirs and his crew recently discovered the grave by following 19th century descriptions of the location. Speirs says it is likely some of the witch’s remains may still be found beneath the stone slab.

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