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ID Short Description Date City Parish Current County Old county Nation
971

Alice Huson is allegedly tormented by the devil.(58-59)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 58-59

1661 Burton Agnes  Burton Agnes  Yorkshire  York  England 
1184

James Barrow allegedly sees rats (Anonymous 207) and cats (Anonymous 206) during his violent fits. The apparitions sometimes have glasses of sack (white wine) and pasties that they offer to Barrow. When Barrow refuses the food and drink, the rats and cats demand his soul. James Barrow refuses to condescend to them. When these tell Barrow that they will dine with him when "his Father and Mother was gone forth," he refuses to eat or drink, unless he "did first go behind the door and sing, with his hat off."(5)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 5

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
1185

James Barrow suffers from thirty fits in one day, during which he strikes himself in the face and goes lame, dumb, and blind. It is believed this could only be accomplished "by the malice and power of the Devil." (5-6)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 5-6

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
1186

James Barrow, in an effort to control his fits, is confined to one particular stool in the house. If any other person sits on the stool, Barrow is thrown flat on the ground as if dead, until the same person arises from the stool. When going to the houses of others, Barrow brings the stool with him. He counsels that no one should sit upon his stool, or he will know, however, having left the stool at a neighbour's house while at dinner with his household, he "fell down flat on his back," saying upon rising that he know "that some body hath sat upon my stool."(6)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 6

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
1187

James Barrow declares he will not sing before he eats his food, but then chokes on his food when he attempts to eat it; Barrow cannot swallow one bite until he sings.(6)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 6

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
1188

James Barrow returns to his neighbour's house, where he accuses them of having sat upon his stool. After, he walks up and down in a frantic manner while holding a hammer, which he sometimes throws behind the door. He calls out the names of four people: Sam Man, John Sames, Mol Williams, and Mary Prett. This continues for part of the day, but none knew who those people were.(6)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 6

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
1189

James Barrows father (John Barrow) sees him sitting at a table with a pen, ink, and a pin. When John asks James what he is doing with the pin, James avoids answering the question. John thinks his sons put offs are the work of the devil. (6-7)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 6-7

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
1191

James Barrow suffers from a fit that causes his feet to become extremely cold. Barrow calls for his mother (Mother Barrow) to pull off his hose and shoes, and when she finds his feet to be cold she attempts to warm him with clothes; Barrows anguish continues until he becomes well again on his own.(7)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 7

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
1192

James Barrow roars and cries, making a hideous noise, whenever someone reads the bible in his presence; Barrow himself cannot utter the name of God or Christ. (8)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 8

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
1193

John Barrow employs the help of physician and astrologer John Hubbard to help cure his son, James Barrow. Hubbard states he is familiar with these sorts of conditions, and believes James Barrow has been bewitched. (8)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 8

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
1194

John Hubbard attempts to cure James Barrow of his bewitchment by using "fopperies and charms," including hanging papers around Barrow's neck, and putting quills and quicksilver (liquid metal mercury) under the door. These attempts are unsuccessful. (8)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 8

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
1195

John Hubbard attempts a second time to cure James Barrow of his bewitchment. Barrows hair is cut off at the crown in a round circle, and his finger and toe nails trimmed; the trimmings are wrapped in paper. Barrow is also instructed to go to an oak tree, take some oak boughs home to sleep on, then return to the tree and ram the paper packet of hair and nail trimmings into a hole in the trunk; these attempts are also unsuccessful.(8)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 8

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
1197

After taking Physick from doctors, astrologers, and apothecaries, James Barrow vomits, and seems well for some time, working under a master as an Apprentice. However, after three months, James Barrow claims a rat suddenly appeared to him and then entered into his body. This invasion evidently causes Barrow to look and act like a Changeling (a fairy child) and be unable to eat any food unless in his own household, preventing him from being an apprentice.(9)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 9

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
1208

John Barrow takes his bewitched son (James Barrow) to an Irish Roman Catholic (Anonymous 144) in the hopes of curing him. Anonymous 144 puts a cross on James Barrows head, which causes James Barrow to roar loudly. (9)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 9

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
1209

John Barrow takes his bewitched son (James Barrow) to the home of Lord Abony. Once there, a servant (Anonymous 145) pulls out a cross, causing James Barrow to roar.(9)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 9

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
1211

John Barrow takes his bewitched son (James Barrow) to St. James to meet a gentleman (Anonymous 146) who can possibly heal him. The gentleman (Anonymous 146) brings James Barrow into the Queens Chapel; calls for a pot of holy water, ribbon, brimstone (sulphur), and a candle; and ties the ribbon three times around James Barrows neck while speaking in Latin. During this process James Barrow roars and stomps his feet. (9-10)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 9-10

1661     Bristol  Bristol  England 
1212

John Barrow is told that if he makes his son (James Barrow) a Catholic, then his sons bewitchment and possession will stop. John Barrow believes this is foolish and refuses to convert his son.(10)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 10

1661     Bristol  Bristol  England 
1213

James Barrow is told by a group of friars (St. James Friars) to pray to St. James in order to cure himself of his possession. John Barrow does not believe this cure is in accordance with scripture, and therefore asks the friars if they would keep to scripture when curing his son (James Barrow). When the friars do not listen, John Barrow ceases the prayers. (10)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 10

1661     Bristol  Bristol  England 
1219

John Barrow claims he stripped and whipped his son (James Barrow) in the hopes of curing the boy of his possession and bewitchment.(12)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 12

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
1453

Thomas Addy, author of "A Perfect Discovery of Witches," claims that there Verrucae pensiles, called "Biggs, or Teats," Thymion (Thymic Tumors), called the devil's bigges, Tonsillae, (tonsils), like "little Biggs," and "black and blew,"spots, called "Fairy-nips" have all been identified as witch's marks by "ignorant" witch-searcher and witch-mongers. (128-129)

Appears in:
Addy, Thomas. A Perfect Discovery of Witches. London: 1661, 128-129

1661 London   London  London, City of  London  England 
1480

Thomas Addy, author of A Perfect Discovery of Witches, claims that a witch can go invisible by the help of the devil, especially if one of the Ladies of the Fairie will but lend her Giges invisible ring. (111)

Appears in:
Addy, Thomas. A Perfect Discovery of Witches. London: 1661, 111

1661 London   London  London, City of  London  England 
1886

Thomas Spatchet allegedly becomes entirely unable to participate in acts of worship or attend any religious service, ask for a blessing for his meat or give thanks for it without falling into a benumbing or violent fit.(7-8, 18)

Appears in:
Petto, Samuel. A Faithful Narrative of the Wonderful and Extraordinary Fits . London: 1693, 7-8, 18

1661   Dunwich  Suffolk  Cookly  England 
2978

A rat (Anonymous 242) appears to James Barrow, to which the child says, "Satan, thou must be burned in hell fire, and all that do obey thee," often repeating those words. The rat tells the child he must go up stairs, "and play with his pretty Rat there," at which command James Barrow often would go up the stairs. There, a "little box with single money in it," would be forced out of his hand, and the child would try to "take it up often," repeating to himself, "I will not sing, I will not sing." However, usually he would sing.(7)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 7

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
2979

James Barrow is observed to engage in "very strange actions," such as running around the house with his hands over his ears, or hopping. Sometimes "he would sweat very much," as he "would labour and strive, as if he had been ready to be choaked." At other times, he would lie down on his back on a board, and beat himself on the face and head "as hard as he could." These actions would happen often in a day, causing him to seem like a changeling. At other times, "he would be taken with lameness, his limbs hanging down," so that he was forced to be carried. He would only come out of such fits when he was behind a door in a chair, and forced to sing.(7 - 8)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 7 - 8

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
2980

John Barrow receives many conflicting opinions on how best to care for his bewitched son, James Barrow, but nothing seems to work. He wishes to engage in "Fasting and Prayer," as he believes some "evil Spirit or Spirits [his son] was possessed with, by the malice of some Witch." He decides to seek further advice, and happens upon a "learned Doctor." (Anonymous 487)(11)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 11

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
2981

The Doctor (Anonymous 487) helping John Barrow and his bewitched son, James Barrow, proves unhelpful, as he never saw the child in person. John Barrow sees this incident as an attempt on the devil's part to delay or prevent the dispossession of his son, James Barrow, and so leaves the service of the Doctor (Anonymous 487).(11 - 12)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 11 - 12

1661 London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England