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ID Short Description Date City Parish Current County Old county Nation
429

Doll Bartham allegedly sends toads to torment Joan Jorden in her bed and prevent her from from sleeping. Jorden throws the first toad into the middle of the room, but it comes back and sits croaking by her bed. She then throws it out the window.(92)

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Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 92

1599 Stradbrook  Stradebroke  Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
432

Anne Kirk is executed for witchcraft at Tyburne on December 4, 1599.(99)

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Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 99

1599 Tyburne    London, Greater  MIddlesex  England 
433

Anne Kirk allegedly has a falling out with a woman in the street; that night, the woman's child gives a shriek as they sit by the fire. It then pines away until it dies.(99-100)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 99-100

1599 London (Castle Alley)    London, City of  MIddlesex  England 
434

Anne Kirk allegedly meets with Anonymous 458, the other daughter of Anonymous 457, in the street and causes her to be "stricken downe in a very strange maner; her mouth beeing drawne aside like a purse, her teeth gnashing togeather, her mouth foming, and her eyes staring the rest of her body being strangely disfigured." The girl recovers when Kirk leaves, but has similar fits often thereafter. Anonymous 458 gave deposition against Kirk, but claimed that she could not show how she was tormented until she had a fit.(99-100)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 99-100

1599 London (Bredstreet Hill)    London, City of  London  England 
435

Anne Kirk allegedly becomes offended when not invited to a child's christening, and causes the child to become strangely tormented. (100)

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Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 100

1599 London (Castle Alley)    London, City of  MIddlesex  England 
436

The parents of a child, believed to be bewitched by Anne Kirk, consult with Mother Gillam, who tells them their child is forespoken. She advises them to "cut of a piece of the witches coate with a payre of sheeres, & burne it togeather with the childs vnder cloth." They do, and the child heals.(100)

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Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 100

1599 London (Castle Alley)    London, City of  MIddlesex  England 
437

Anne Kirk allegedly has a falling out with an innkeeper, Anonymous 459, and causes his child to become strangely tormented in revenge. Anonymous 459 cannot cure his child with physick, so he goes to a cunning-man, Anonymous 461 for help. Anonymous 461 makes him swear not to reveal who told him, then identifies Kirk as the person responsible for his child's illness and shows him Kirk's image in a glass. However, he is unable to help the child, who dies of his fits.(100-101)

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Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 100-101

1599 London (Castle Alley)    London, City of  MIddlesex  England 
458

John Darrell alleges that when Alice Gooderidge sent her familiar Minny against Thomas Darling, she "streyned all hir body, & vomited," and that Darling was inflicted with the exact same torments. He adds that she "named the tyme, place, occasion, and the vvordes shee vsed, when shee sent the Deuil to vexe and torment him in his body."(29-31)

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Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 29-31

1599 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
459

According to John Darrell, Alice Goodridge confessed to sending her familiar, Minnie, to torment and cause the possession of Thomas Darling of Burton upon Trent, whom Darrell allegedly dispossessed. Darrell uses this to counter the charges that he is himself a fraud, for "if Darling did counterfeit, then hee was not bewitched: and if he was not bewitched, then was the iudgement and execution against Alice Goodridge erroniously and wrongfullie awarded."(6-8)

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Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 6-8

1599 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
2852

John Darrell writes an apology denying that William Sommers' possession has been faked, addressed to Sir Thomas Eggerton, Keeper of the Great Seal of England, Sir John Popham, Lord Chief Justice, Sir William Periam, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer and the body of Judges of the Common Law. He claims that Sommers' possession was genuine, as was his dispossession of him.(3-4)

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Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 3-4

1599 Ashbie de la zouche  Ashbie de la zouche  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2853

John Darrell claims that, by commission of the Archbishop of York, the depositions of 17 witnesses supporting Sommers' possession were sent to 12 notable persons near Nottingham, and that the names of 60 more witnesses willing to give deposition were taken. They allegedly witnessed Sommers' fits of bodily contortion, pinpricks in his limbs, and senselessness. They also witnessed a large black dog sniffing about his head while he was in a fit, the same black dog that supposedly spoke to Sommers and brought him a bag of gold. Darrell also lists several preachers who second his story, including George More. He adds that they have been rebuked for it, and their petitions to have the allegations and depositions circulated have been ignored.(4-5)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 4-5

1599 Ashbie de la zouche  Ashbie de la zouche  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2855

John Darrell presents his evidence that William Sommers' fits were caused by genuine possession. He cites numerous Biblical passages in which people exhibit similar phenomena and behaviors, then details the parts of Sommers' possession he believes are impossible to counterfeit, such as a swelling moving beneath his skin, weight beyond his size, foaming at the mouth, fits of corpse-like senselessness (including lack of breath and blackened extremities), speaking without his mouth open, numbness to pain, strange motions like kittens under the bedcovers, and unnatural strength. (6-8)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 6-8

1599 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
2856

John Darrell questions the validity of William Sommer's confession of counterfeiting his possession, on the grounds that Sommers was charged with bewitching a man to death, that Satan is said to have appeared to him and offered him gold to confess, and that John Cooper and Nicholas Shepherd allegedly threatened him into the confession. Darrell also draws attention to Sommers' own retraction of his confession.(17-22)

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Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 17-22

1599 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
2857

John Darrell alleges that William Sommer's claims that Darrell taught him to counterfeit possession and that they met for four years prior to November 1597 are ridiculous. Darrell maintains that he never met Sommers before November 1597, and that he did not even know that Sommers was possessed until numerous persons, including the the Mayor of Nottingham, sent him letters inviting him to come dispossess Sommers. Darrell also maintains that, if Sommers did come to Ashbie, they were never there at the same time. He concludes that Sommers is lying about their prior association.(22-27)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 22-27

1599 Ashbie de la zouche  Ashbie de la zouche  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2858

John Darrell claims that, if William Sommers faked his possession, then so must have the Lancashire Seven (the Starchie children and household) and Thomas Darling. He claims that the Lancashire Seven have been proven genuine, and that though Darling is also said to have faked his possession, he exhibited strength far beyond what a boy of thirteen should. Darrell also asks how it is that Darling "should thrust his bones out of their iointes, and in againe, and presentlie after vse his armes all one," or make speeches without moving his mouth, if he was not truly possessed?(27-29)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 27-29

1599 Ashbie de la zouche  Ashbie de la zouche  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2889

Proof that real bewitchment happens, in support of John Darrell's claims that he has dispossessed genuinely possessed people, is presented in the form of a report detailing Doll Bartham's alleged bewitchment of Joan Jordan.(90-92)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 90-92

1599 Stradbrook  Stradebroke  Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2890

Doll Barthram allegedly has a falling out with Joan Jorden. Jorden refused to give her some goods belonging to her master, Symon Fox, and Barthram bewitched her in revenge.(92)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 92

1599 Stradbrook  Stradebroke  Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2892

Joan Jorden is allegedly visited by a second toad a few days after Doll Barthram sent the first. Jorden has this one removed from her chamber and burnt.(92-93)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 92-93

1599 Stradbrook  Stradebroke  Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2893

Doll Barthram allegedly sends a third and final toad to torment Joan Jorden. Jorden, having been advised to burn this one herself, picks it up and carries it out of her chamber, but falls down the stairs along the way and is knocked unconscious. Her employer, Symon Fox, takes the toad and puts it in the fire on her behalf. When it begins to burn, a flame appears at the foot of the stairs, and burns so fiercely it seems to threaten the house, but causes no damage.(92-93)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 92-93

1599 Stradbrook  Stradebroke  Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2930

The innkeeper, Anonymous 459, sees Anne Kirk exiting a neighbour's house not long after she allegedly bewitched his child to death. He waits until she has left, then tells his neighbour that she is a witch and responsible for his child's death. He falls sick when he gets home, and dies not long after.(100-101)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 100-101

1599 London (Castle Alley)    London, City of  MIddlesex  England 
2932

Anne Kirk allegedly afflicts Master Nayler's son George Nayler with such grievous tormenting fits that he dies of them.(101)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 101

1599 London    London, City of  London  England 
2933

Anne Kirk allegedly bewitches Anne Nayler so that she has tormenting fits that vex her with frenzies. The girl's fits are caused by her possession by an evil spirit. The spirit, Anonymous 231, tells her father Master Nayler that "one would come after who should discouer the causer, and the truth of all." The girl dies not long after.(101)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 101

1599 London    London, City of  London  England 
2934

Anne Kirk is allegedly angered when she does not receive any of the alms the Nayler family gives to the poor at Anne Nayler's burial and, in revenge, causes Joan Nayler to be tormented and possessed by an evil spirit (Anonymous 233) the next night. (101-103)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 101-103

1599 London    London, City of  London  England 
2935

The spirit possessing Joan Nayler, Anonymous 233, allegedly speaks to her often in the hearing of her parents. It is hear to say "Giue me thy liuer, thy lights, thy heart, thy soule, &c; then thou shalt be released, then I will depart fro[m] thee." It also bids her to go hang herself. (101-103)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 101-103

1599 London    London, City of  London  England 
2936

Anne Naylor suffers tormenting fits and trances while possessed by Anonymous 233. It causes her mouth to contort, her joints to contract and her shoulder blades to knock against one another so that they rattle. She is often heard to say that "mother Kerke had bewitched her."(101-103)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 101-103

1599 London    London, City of  London  England 
2937

Master Nayler becomes convinced that Anne Kirk has bewitched his daughter Joan Nayler when Joan allegedly "did reach forth her hands to scratch this mother Kerke" while in a fit, though her hands are so tightly closed that they cannot be opened. Master Nayler procures a warrant from Sir Richard Martin.(101-103)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 101-103

1599 London    London, City of  London  England 
2938

Anne Kirk is fetched to Master Nayler's home after he obtains a warrant for her apprehension. Jane Nayler is seen to fall into a trance as soon as Kirk comes to the door, and her hands clench tightly. Sir Richard Martin witnesses this and similar fits. Jane also has fits when Kirk is bailed from prison, and while the jury is deliberating Kirk's case.(101-103)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 101-103

1599 London    London, City of  London  England 
2939

Sir Richard Martin hears that a witch's hair cannot be cut, and orders a Sargent to pull 10 or 12 hairs from Anne Kirk's head to experiment on. The Sargent does so, but when he tries to cut them with barber's scissors, the hairs cause its edges to become so "battered, turned, & quite spoiled, as that they would not cut any thing." The Sergent then tries to burn the hairs, but they sit in the fire unharmed.(103)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 103

1599 London   London  London, City of  London  England