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Elisabeth Wast was a Scottish religious writer of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, whose account of her spiritual struggles was not published until after her death.
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EW was born in Edinburgh (one of at least two surviving children) at some unknown date. She says she had been practising an empty religion of good works for "some Years" before 1689, so even allowing for the early age at which religious experience might be measured, she can hardly have been born much later than 1670. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1724 EW's Memoirs; or, Spiritual Exercises was published at Edinburgh, "exactly copied from the original Manuscript," Bibliographic Citation link. bearing her name: 'Elisabeth Wast'. Bibliographic Citation link.
The date of EW's death is not known, but it must have happened some time between 1709 and the date when her memoirs were posthumously printed in 1724.
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