THOMAS WEIR - THE WIZARD OF WEST BOW
Major Thomas Weir was born in 1599 and lived in Edinburgh's
West Bow, a ‘Z’ shaped street between the Castle
and the Grassmarket.
He was a frequent attendee of his local Protestant prayer
meetings and a respected pillar of the community. The Major
fell sick however, and became compelled, in his feverish
state of mind to divulge his secret life to his fellow worshippers.
He admitted crimes against man and God that included depravity,
necromancy and other supernatural activities that resulted
from his witchcraft. He was taken into custody by the provost
Sir Andrew Ramsay, as was his sister Jean, who was his partner
in these black arts. Both were tried on April 9, 1670 and
sentenced to death.
While Jean was hung in the Grassmarket, Major Weir was
burned alive somewhere between Edinburgh and Leith.
He was noted for his fervent reluctance to repent his sins
and his resolve to accept his hopeless, defiled state.
Instead of asking for God’s mercy at the moment before
death he exclaimed,
“let me alone - I will not - I have lived as a beast,
and I must die as a beast!".
The house where Weir and his sister lived and practiced
their debauched devil worship stands to this day and neighbours
have confirmed sightings of his ghost and strange lights
from within his former residence; so too sounds of laughter
and revellery – a macabre sign that the Major and
his cohorts still enjoy their unholy distractions to this