The Witch of New Mexico Road: Irish Folklore in the Eastern Townships

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The Witch of New Mexico Road: Irish Folklore in the Eastern Townships
Abstract
The "witch" of New Mexico Road was Peggy Green, who died in the 1880s. She was accused (after her death) of being a shapeshifter, who could transform herself into a large white hare that suckled local farmers' cows dry. The author traced Peggy Green to Island Brook, Compton County, in the Eastern Townships, and to her believed burial site in the Thompson Cemetery. He links the legend of her alleged witchcraft to written stories as early as the twelfth century of shape-shifting "old hags" that would steal milk by turning themselves into hares and suckling on the teats of cows. These stories were prevalent in Ireland and elsewhere and, the author points out, was part of the oral tradition and cosmology of the Irish settlers of the Eastern Townships.
Publication
Quebec Heritage News
Volume
Vol. 13
Issue
no. 1
Pages
19-21
Date
Winter 2019
Language
en
Citation
Myers, Grant. “The Witch of New Mexico Road: Irish Folklore in the Eastern Townships.” Quebec Heritage News Vol. 13, no. 1 (Winter 2019): 19–21.
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