|“||This so-called Witch Panic is yet another attempt by the Puritans to control us.||”|
— Bridget Bishop[src]
Bridget Bishop was the local midwife and was close friends with Anne Hale. After she proved an obstacle to the witches' plan, Mary Sibley orchestrated her accusation which led to a trial held by Cotton Mather, resulting in Bridget's hanging.
Bridget was a character portrayed by Antonia Prebble.
Throughout The Salem Series
Bridget is hampered by Mary Sibley in helping a girl to give birth, because she became pregnant out of wedlock and the city cannot afford another orphan. She later speaks with Mary at church horrified at what has been done to Mercy Lewis believing the girl to being simply mentally ill and needing help but Mary warns her to keep quiet unless she herself wishes to be accused of witchcraft. Later that night her services are required for a young prostitute earlier cursed by Mary Sibley, so the gives birth to a deformed child and the citizen accuse Bridget Bishop of Witchcraft.
During the process held by Cotton Mather, the evidence of her guilt is made even more damning when Mercy Lewis vomits blood and nails on her, undoubtedly indicating her as evil witch and despite her pleas of innocence, she is brutally hanged in the public square under Cotton Mather's order.
Kind and willing to help her neighbors, Bridget Bishop is one of the first victims of the witch hunt. She doesn't believe in witchcraft nor in the legitimacy of the witch hunt that she considers mere hysteria. She is also quite outspoken when she speaks against what had been done to Mercy Lewis. Bridget was a skilled midwife who resorted to concoctions and herbal remedies to help her patients. The midwife also run a local orphanage for all the unwanted children of Salem.
Bridget Bishop was a woman in her thirties with brown hair, a sweet face and a slender build.
|The Stone Child||Appears|
|The Red Rose and the Briar||Absent|
|Our Own Private America||Absent|
|Children Be Afraid||Absent|
|The House of Pain||Absent|
|Cat And Mouse||Absent|
|All Fall Down||Mentioned|
- This character is based on the real Bridget Bishop, who was the first person executed for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, sometimes mistaken with another woman accused of witchcraft, Sarah Bishop.