The Occult Laboratory: Magic, Science, and Second Sight in Late Seventeenth-Century Scotland

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CONTENTS
Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
Robert Boyle 2
Robert Kirk 12
Aubrey, Pepys, Lhuyd and the aftermath 21
Postscript and conclusion: second sight debunked 28
Appendix: John Evelyn's note on the Mason Word 32
Introductory Notes on the Texts 33
1. Robert Boyle's notes on his interview with Lord Tarbat, 3 October 1678 51
2. 'A Collection of Highland Rites and Customs' 54
3. Robert Kirk's The Secret Commonwealth and his 'A Short Treatise of the Scotish-Irish Charms and Spells' 77 107
4. James Garden's letters to John Aubrey 118
5. Samuel Pepys's collection of letters on second sight 160
6. John Fraser's Δευτεϱοσϰοπια 187
7. Edward Lhuyd's and Robert Wodrow's questionnaires and the responses of John Fraser and John MacLean 205
Textual Notes 217
Appendix: Quotations of biblical passages cited in the texts above 229
Bibliography 233
Glossary 238
Index 241

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