Mary Butters (c.1807 - c.1839):
The 'Carnmoney witch'
Mary Butters lived in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, and had the reputation of being a sorceress. A case arising from the death of three people was recorded in the Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland in 1839. The jury returned the verdict that they found Mary Butters guilty of 'making use of some noxious ingredients, in the manner of a charm, to recover or relieve from witchcraft a cow, the property of Alexander Montgomery'.