joan wytte

Joan Wytte (1775-1813)

  • Known as the “Fighting Fairy Woman” because of her aggressive demeanor and small stature. 
  • Famed as a clairvoyant, and people would seek her services as a seer, diviner and healer. 

  • She was eventually incarcerated in Bodmin Jail, not for witchcraft but for public brawling, and due to poor conditions in the jail, Joan died of bronchial pneumonia at the age of 38.
  • Her bones were disinterred and used for séances and various pranks.
  • She was finally laid to rest in a peaceful wooded area in Boscastle, and her gravestone reads: “Joan Wytte. Born 1775. Died 1813 in Bodmin Jail. Buried 1998. No longer abused”.

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