The Prophecies of Mother Shipton – Researched by Sean David Morton – Not related to UFO’s, Bigfoot or Conspiracies, but interesting none the less.

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Mother Shipton
Mother Shipton; witch Wellcome L0000659.jpg

An 1804 portrait of Shipton with a monkey or familiar, taken from an oil painting dating from at least a century earlier[1]
Ursula Southeil

c. 1488

Died 1561 (aged 72–73)
Other names Ursula Soothtell, Ursula Sontheil
Occupation Fortune-teller, prophetess

Ursula Southeil (c. 1488 – 1561; also variously spelt as Ursula Southill, Ursula Soothtell[2] or Ursula Sontheil[3][4]), popularly known as Mother Shipton, is said to have been an English soothsayer and prophetess.

She has sometimes been described as a witch and is associated with folklore involving the origin of the Rollright Stones of Oxfordshire, reportedly a king and his men transformed to stone after failing her test. William Camden reported an account of this in a rhyming version in 1610.[5][6]

The first known edition of her prophecies was printed in 1641, eighty years after her reported death. This timing suggests that what was published was a legendary or mythical account. It contained numerous mainly regional predictions and only two prophetic verses.[7]

One of the most notable editions of her prophecies was published in 1684.[7] It gave her birthplace as Knaresborough, Yorkshire, in a cave now known as Mother Shipton’s Cave.[a] The book reputed Shipton to be hideously ugly, and that she had married Toby Shipton, a local carpenter, near York in 1512, and told fortunes and made predictions throughout her life.