In ancient times there were many superstitions that frightened folks. Most people relied upon their tribal shaman, cunning woman or wits, to craft protective amulets such as a lucky rabbit’s foot, magical battle flags and even clothes.
One such piece in Scotland was a magic protective jacket worn by magicians called the Warlock Fecket. This protective magical jacket had to be hand woven from the skins of water snakes at a specific phase of the March moon.
Above Photo of Scottish warriors 13th century. Public Domain
According to the Legend of Lord Soulis it was a supernatural way of defeating a wound proof person that features the number nine frequently.
Background of Lord Soulis, Hermitage Castle was apparently built by one Nicholas de Soulis (Robin Redcap) around 1240, in a traditional Norman Motte and Bailey pattern. It remained in his family until approximately 1320 when his heir, William de Soulis, forfeited it because of suspected witchcraft and the attempted regicide of King Robert I of Scotland. Soulis was also accused of being linked with the murderous border goblin called Redcaps. Legend has it that Soulis’s tenantship, suffered unbearable devastations, and arrested him, for the murder of Laird of Branxholm near the Ninestane Rig (a megalithic circle). His enemies boiled him death in molten lead. Ouch!
Above Photo of a Murderous Redcap courtesy of Villains Wiki
In truth, he died, a prisoner, in Dumbarton Castle. Hermitage Castle is alleged to be spooked by Redcap Sly, de Soulis’s familiar spirit.
Photo above of Hermitage Castle 1860 in Public Domain.
The Norwegian Kings in Medieval times, had wars with pagan farmers forcing them to convert to Christianity. One war the Battle of Heimskringla, the Saint Olaf’s Saga tells the story of the Battle of Stiklastad in Norway 1031. Norwegian farmers rebelled against King Oláf Haraldson. A pagan farmer named Thorir Hund wore his protective, magic reindeer-skin coat crafted by “troll-wise Finns,” this was to keep him wound free.
Thorir fought Tjotta and made his way to the king and attempted to kill him. The king struck Thorir’s shoulder but didn’t injure him. Some say smoke seeped out of the magic jacket. Bjorn the king’s marshal struck Thorir with the blunt end of the battle-axe knocking him back, Thorir came after Bjorn and ran him threw with his sword after that the king was killed. It looks like the magical reindeer jacket kept Thorir safe.
Above Illustration of Thorir Hund wearing magical protective, Reindeer Jacket/cloak. Public domain
Sources and References:
- Folklore, Myths & Legends of Britain. 1973. Reader’s Digest. London.
- Graham, Barbara (1975). The Soulis Cross. Kilmarnock and District History Group. p. 16.
- Nigel Pennick, Pagan Magic of the Northern Tradition ©2015 Destiny Books