the fortune teller

shadowlea

Wauchope, Australia

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someone who makes predictions of the future (usually on the basis of special knowledge)

Fortune-telling in Britain was formerly included under the crime of witchcraft and was made punishable by death under the Statute of 1563. This act was repealed by George II (1683-1760), who ordained that no prosecution should thereafter be made on a charge of witchcraft and that all persons professing to occult skill or undertaking to tell fortunes might be sentenced to imprisonment for one year, made to stand pillory, and pledge future good behavior.

Punishment by pillory was later abolished. Under George IV (1762-1830) fortune-tellers were included along with other vagrants under the general category of “rogues and vagabonds” and were liable to imprisonment for three months. This provision was made applicable to Scotland also and provided that “every person pretending or professing to tell fortunes or using any subtle craft, means, or device, by palmistry or otherwise to deceive, and impose on any of His Majesty’s Subjects” would be deemed a vagabond and rogue and be punished accordingly.

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