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ID Short Description Date City Parish Current County Old county Nation
460

Anne Starchie allegedly suffers her first fit at the age of nine, in which she is taken with a heavy and dumpish countenance, and suffers a fearful starting and pulling of her body. These fits become extreme, lasting 9-10 weeks.(Image 5)

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Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5

1594, February Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
461

Anne Starchie, John Starchie, Eleanor Holland, and Elizabeth Hardman allegedly have a fit during which they crawl on their knees until the afternoon, fleeing from family and neighbors into other rooms while calling them "devils with horns" that creep under the bed. Once they regain the use of their feet, they can no longer speak.(Image 6)

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Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 6

1598, March 19 Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
462

Eleanor Holland and Elizabeth Hardman have a fit lasting three days and three nights during which they cannot eat nor can they talk to anyone but each other, "to ther lads. saue that their lads gaue them leaue (as the said) the one to eate a toast & drink, the other a sower milk posset." Despite the permission, they say that Hartley is angry they ate, and made them vomit it up again. On the last night, Eleanor Holland is made to take up a distaff and spin faster and a finer thread than she ever has before, which she did for an hour and a half straight.(Image 6)

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Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 6

1598, March 21 Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
463

Margaret Byrom is allegedly thrown into the kitchen fire, under a table, and numerous other places, but suffers no injuries.(Image 6-7)

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Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 6-7

1598, January 10 Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
464

Edmund Hartley is condemned and hanged at the assizes of Lancaster for allegedly causing the possession of Anne Starchie, John Starchie, Margaret Hardman, Elizabeth Hardman, Eleanor Holland, Margaret Byrom and Jane Ashton.(7)

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Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, 7

1634 Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
465

John Darrell has Anne Starchie, John Starchie, Margaret Hardman, Elizabeth Hardman, Eleanor Holland, Margaret Byrom and Jane Ashton brought together for observation, noting that of all of them Jane Ashton and the Starchie children are most grievously tormented. Satan is said to have exceeded for cruelty with John Starchie in particular. During the observation, three or four of them scoffed and blasphemed. At one point, they allegedly all join hands to cause a strange and supernatural loud whupping noise in the house and grounds, driving Darrell and his companion George More from the room.(9)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, 9

1598, March Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
1377

Eleanor Holland and Elizabeth Hardman fortell how many fits they will have the next day before they go to sleep. Eleanor Holland alleges that she will have her fit before noon, and that it will last three hours. When the time comes, she insists an hourglass be set to record the length of the fit; her companions do so in a place where she cannot see it. Though senseless, she accurately states the quarter and half hours, and bid them turn the glass as the last sand runs down three times. When Eleanor is asked how she was able to do this, she says a white dove told her.(Image 6)

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Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 6

1598 Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
1379

MIstress Starchie questions the five children (Anne and John Starchie, Margaret and Elizabeth Hardman, and Eleanor Holland) on how they have been handled, hoping for information she can take to preachers; they tell her that an angel came from God in the shape of a dove came to them and said they must follow it to heaven through a hole it would draw them through. They ran under the beds, where Elizabeth Hardman begins to make a hole, believing there is a boy on the other side who would help her do so.(Image 6)

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Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 6

1598, Winter Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2027

John Starchie allegedly suffers his first fit at the age of ten, a week after his sister Anne suffers her first fit, in which he is compelled to shout on the way to school. These fits become extreme, lasting 9-10 weeks.(Image 5)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5

1594, February Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2028

NIcholas Starchie hires Edmund Hartley, reputed to be a conjurer with certain papist charms and herbs at his disposal, who alleges he can keep Anne and John Starchie from having fits. For the first year and a half of Hartley's employment, the Starchie children are quiet and seem to be well. (Image 5)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5

1594, April Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2029

John Starchie allegedly has a fit in which he falls to bleeding when Edmund Hartley pretends he is leaving Lancashire and is setting out on his way. Nicholas Starchie has Hartley stopped and returned to Cleworth; Hartley claims that no man but him could have staunched John's bleeding. Several similar incidents follow.(Image 5)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5

1595, October Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2030

Edmund Hartley convinces Nicholas Starchie that he is indispensible to the well-being of the Starchie children by September 1596, but is dissatisfied with the terms Starchie offers him; he sends a loud whupping noise in his anger. Starchie had first given him room and board, then promised and annual pension in writing, effective Michaels Day (September 25) of 1598. Hartley demanded a house and ground, which Starchie refused. By mid-November, the fits and strange events resumed.(Image 5)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5

1596, September Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2031

Edmund Hartley travels with NIcholas Starchie to visit his father and is tormented all night; the next day he goes into the woods and makes a circle divided in four with a cross in each part. When finished, he fetches Starchie and attempts to get Starchie to walk the circle in his place; Starchie refuses.(Image 5)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5

1596 Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2032

Anne Starchie, John Starchie, Margaret Hardman, Elizabeth Hardman and Eleanor Holland are asked for testimony against Edmund Hartley by Justice of Peace Hopwood, but they are all rendered speechless whether questioned together or individually. The most they will say is that Hardman will not suffer them to speak against him.(Image 6)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 6

1598 Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2033

Jane Ashton, a maidservant in the Starchie household, allegedly begins to bark and howl when she tries to give testimony against Edmund Hartley to Justice of the Peace Hopwood. Though Jane is prevented from speaking, others in the house recall that this is the second time she has been afflicted - she had become sick and vomited blood a year before after going into Hartley's chamber and looking in his chest.(Image 6)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 6

1598 Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2036

Margaret Byrom travels from Cleworth to Salford with Edmund Hartley, where Hartley is made to take her before two Justice of the Peace to take her testimony against him; she is struck speechless and cast backward to the ground three times. To explain, she alleges to see a great black dog with a monstrous tail and a chain in its mouth, which runs at her and casts her into the fire, keeping her from speaking but leaving her able to use her eyes and hands. A short time later, a large black cat stared at her, knocked her down once more, and took the use of her eyes and hands. A half hour later, she is visited by an apparition in the shape of a big mouse, which knocks her down and takes her tongue, eyes and senses. (Image 7)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 7

1598. January Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2041

Margaret Byrom allegedly suffers six instances in as many weeks in which the spirit possessing her will not permit her to eat or drink. If urged to by others, the spirit causes Byrom and the food or drink to be cast to the ground together. When able to eat, she does so greedily and feels hungry no matter how much she has consumed.(Image 7)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 7

1598 Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2042

Margaret Byrom allegedly suffers a fit in which she feels as if she is being pulled to pieces, and a stinking smoke emerges from her mouth. Her voice and the sound of her crying changes, and she reeks so badly for a day and a night that no-one can bear to come near her.(Image 7)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 7

1598, February 10 Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2043

The Devil appears to Margaret Byrom in the shape of Edmund Hartley two nights in a row, promising her silver and gold if she takes heed what she says and speaks the truth during her forthcoming examination regarding Hartley. Thinking it's Hartley, Byrom tells him that she already has told the truth, and she will not favor him now for silver nor gold. The second night he leaves her with the words "do as thou wilt." She is troubled by fits the day before Hartley's execution, causing her to go to the morning prayer daily thereafter.(Image 7)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 7

1598 Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2044

Nicholas Starchie consults with preachers for advice on the possessions within his household, and is eventually referred to John Darrell. Starchie writes to Darrell twice requesting help, the second time with a letter of reference from a Justice of the Peace. After the second letter, Darrell agrees to consult on the matter.(8)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, 8

1598, February Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2045

John Darrell arrives at the Starchie household in the company of George More; at dinner, Margaret Hardman, Elizabeth Hardman and Eleanor Holland suffer fits in which they are thrown about. their faces disfigured and their bodies swell. One of them is heard to say, regarding Edmund Hartley's recent execution, "Do you think you can hang the Devil?"(8)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, 8

1598, March 16 Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2046

John Darrell, accompanied by George More, local pastor Mr. Dickens, and 30 others, gathers Anne Starchie, John Starchie, Margaret Hardman, Elizabeth Hardman, Eleanor Holland, Margaret Byrom and Jane Ashton in the parlor for a day of prayer and fasting; all seven have fits throughout the day and six are allegedly successfully dispossessed. At the end, the seven are extremely tormented, beating their bodies and needing to be held, crying in a supernatural manner and lying as if dead. Margaret Byrom is the first dispossessed, followed by John Starchie. Jane Ashton allegedly pretends to be dispossessed at the end of the day, but has not truly been.(10-11)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, 10-11

1598, March Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2047

Jane Ashton allegedly suffers a howling fit the night of John Darrell and George More's arrival. Darrell declares this proof of her possession, coupled with an account of how her belly had swollen to the size of late pregnancy earlier that day.(9)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, 9

1598, March 16 Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2048

John Darrell takes accounts from Margaret Byrom, John Starchie, Anne Starchie, Eleanor Holland, Margaret Hardman and Elizabeth Hardman, asking them to describe how the Devil looked when he left them. Byrom alleges that she felt something come up from her belly to her breast and saw a dark mist emerge from her throat that left a foul smell behind, and went out the window in a flash of fire. John Starchie alleges it left him like an ill-favored hunchbacked man; Margaret Hardman says the same. Anne Starchie alleges he left like a foul ugly man with a white beard and a bulge on his breast the size of a man's head; Eleanor Hardman says she saw the same thing save the beard. Eleanor Hardman alleges it was like an urchin, who left through a tiny hole only to return in a foul shape promising gold; he threatened her when she refused and left again in the urchin shape.(11)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, 11

1598, March Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2049

The Devil appears to Anne Starchie, John Starchie, Elizabeth Hardman, Margaret Hardman and Eleanor Holland in the night immediately after their dispossession, and attempts to get their permission to repossess them with gold and threats. He appears to them variously as a hunchbacked man, a man with a bulge at his neck, a bear with fire in its mouth, an ape and a dove.(11-12)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, 11-12

1598, March Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2050

Jane Ashton is alleged to still be possessed the day after the exorcism of Margaret Byrom, John Starchie, Anne Starchie, Eleanor Holland, Margaret Hardman and Elizabeth Hardman; she is observed to be tormented, vomiting, shaking and weeping. She lays as dead for a while after John Darrell performs another exorcism on her, and rises up giving thanks for her deliverance. She claims that the Devil rose up in her throat and bid her to say that he was gone from her, promising not to hurt her any longer and to ensure that she lacked for nothing if she did. (12-13)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, 12-13

1598, March Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
2051

John Darrell alleges that the Devil returned over the next few days following the exorcisms to torment Margaret Byrom, John Starchie, Anne Starchie, Eleanor Holland, Margaret Hardman, Elizabeth Hardman, and Jane Ashton. It throws them down, deprives them of the use of their limbs, promises worldly goods and makes threats to try to get them to consent to repossession. They resist, and are not tormented further to his knowledge.(13)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, 13

1598, March Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England