User comments for Isobel (Famous Bearer Only)

Isobel (Izzy) is the name of one of the primary characters in George Macdonald's Salted with Fire.
― Anonymous User  4/29/2014
In the 1950s and 1960s the refined and elegant Lady Isobel Barnett (born Isobel Morag Marshall in Aberdeen) was a popular British TV personality. A doctor, she was born in 1918 and died in tragic circumstances in 1980.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2012
Isobel Gowdie was a Scottish woman who was tried for witchcraft in 1662. Her detailed confession, apparently achieved without the use of torture, offers one of the most detailed looks at European witchcraft folklore at the end of the era of witch-hunts.

There is no record of her being executed.

In 1955, retired English soldier Robin Green believed that he saw the ghost of Isobel Gowdie while camping alone in Auldearn.

Isobel Gowdie and her magic have been remembered in a number of later works of culture. She has appeared as a character in several novels, such as the biographical novels The Devil's Mistress by novelist and occultist J. W. Brodie-Innes, Isobel by Jane Parkhurst, the fantasy novel Night Plague by Graham Masterton, and Noches Paganas: Cuentos Narrados junto al Fuego del Sabbath by Luis G. Abbadie;

Isobel Gowdie is also the subject of songs by Creeping Myrtle and Alex Harvey. Maddy Prior's song The Fabled Hare is based upon the spell quoted above. The Inkubus Sukkubus song Woman to Hare, from the album Vampyre Erotica is based on Isobel's statement, and quotes her words at the end of the lyrics. The Confession of Isobel Gowdie is a work for symphony orchestra by the Scottish composer James MacMillan.

Furthermore, some of her own literary works have been included in Oxford University Press's Early Modern Women Poets: 1520-1700: An Anthology, as well as World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time.
SandSea  2/23/2010
Isobel is Julia's twin sister in the book My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.
bibi66  1/16/2009
Someone with this spelling is Isobel Campbell, formerly of the Scottish band Belle&Sebastian.
elizabethwoolf  6/24/2008
"Dear Isobel" is a song found in Dido's first album.
Lilya  2/28/2007
A famous Björk song is called Isobel. It is a part of a saga of a girl that was born in a forest, and after a lot of disappoitments decides to isolate herself, that's why she's called ISObel, not ISAbel.
prisavril  1/31/2007
A famous bearer was Isobel MacDuff, Countess of Buchan, who ran away from her husband to crown Robert the Bruce. When she was captured by the English, they hung her in a cage off the walls of Berwick castle for five years, and she survived.
alimorag  3/16/2006
In the movie "Lady Hawk," the female lead is named Isobel. I think it is a beautiful name.
beautyofwords9  3/7/2006
Just a side note: In the movie Lady Hawk, the main female character's name is Isabeau, not Isobel.
TheCourtneyDayle  7/30/2011
In the movie Ladyhawke the female lead, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, is actually named Isabeau. Both are beautiful names though.
Kings_falcon  1/1/2007
Isobel Campbell is a Scottish singer and composer in the "twee pop" musical movement. Isobel was a member of the band Belle & Sebastian from their formation in Glasgow in 1996, until 2002.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2005

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