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Dorothy Clutterbuck (January 19, 1880–January 12, 1951), also known as "Old Dorothy," was the woman whom Gerald Gardner claimed had initiated him into witchcraft.

Gardner claimed that he was initiated into witchcraft by Clutterbuck in September 1939. and he claimed she was head of a New Forest coven until her death.

According to historian Jeffrey Russell, Clutterbuck was invented by Gardner to support his claim that such people still existed and to link his work with established ancient beliefs.

In rebuttal, Doreen Valiente, a friend of Gardner, published the details of Clutterbuck's life, reporting in Witchcraft for Tomorrow in 1982 to have found Clutterbuck's birth certificate, marriage certificate, and death certificate.

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