Blair Witch

Ominous depiction of the infamous witch

Elly Kedward (1729 - February 1785) was an Irish woman who was banished from the town of Blair after several local people accused her of witchcraft.

In February 1785, several children accused her of luring them into her home to draw blood from them. She was found guilty of witchcraft, banished from the village during a particularly harsh winter, and presumed dead. Different reports state that the town dragged her into the woods, tied her to a tree and left her for dead.

Young children from the township returned to investigate if Elly had died yet. They found her alive and still tied to the tree, the children sent dogs after her, and slashed her with sticks and knives. They dipped their hands in her blood and press handprints into her flesh before untying her and hanging her from the very same tree.

By midwinter, all of Elly Kedwards's accusers, along with half of the town's children vanished. Fearing of being cursed or bewitched, the townspeople fled Blair and vowed never to utter the name Elly Kedward again.




  • Elly Kedward's name is likely a play on the name of Edward Kelley, an English Renaissance occultist and self-declared spirit medium. He claimed to be able to summon spirits or angels in a "shew-stone" or mirror, and may have invented an "angelic language" he claimed to use to speak to them.
  • Elly's complete name was either Eilis Abaigeal Kedward or Elizabeth Abigail Kedward.