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ID Short Description Date City Parish Current County Old county Nation
296

Johane Harrison is apprehended on suspicion of witchcraft. Her house is searched for incriminating evidence; such evidence is found in the form of chest full of magical instruments and human remains.(22)

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Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 22

1606, August 4 Royston  Royston  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
469

Anonymous 28, a young girl, allegedly becomes possessed by evil spirits after her father, Anonymous 429, has a falling out with "a certain woman who had an evil name" (Anonymous 430). The possession caused her to be "taken with strange Fits, and something would rise up in her throat like two great bunches about the bigness of an Egg; and a strange voice was frequently heard within her, speaking Blasphemous words, not fit here to be repeated." The voice is said to be rough and gutteral, coming from her abdomen.(2-4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 2-4

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
470

The spirits allegedly possessing Anonymous 28, enticed to converse with the observers, explain how she came to be possessed by them. They explain that there are two of them (Anonymous 189 and Anonymous 190), and that they were sent by two women (Anonymous 130 and Anonymous 131). They were originally intended to possess the girl's father, Anonymous 429, but they found him at prayer and were thus forbidden from entering. The two women sent them instead to Anonymous 28.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 4

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
471

The author (Anonymous 432) allegedly hears reports of Anonymous 28's possession and comes to see it for himself. There are forty or fifty others present when he arrives. He observes her for two or three hours, during which time he becomes satisfied that the girl is indeed possessed.(4-5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 4-5

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
472

Anonymous 429, the father of Anonymous 28, sends for five ministers to fast and pray for his daughter, in the hope that she can be dispossessed. The spirits possessing her (Anonymous 189 and Anonymous 190) allegedly tell him "He expected five men to come, but there should only four come." This comes to pass; one of the five ministers suffers an unexpected accident and is prevented from coming.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 5

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
676

Stretton's neighbour (Anonymous 487) and his wife (Anonymous 322) are believed to have caused the demonic being to torment Jane Stretton, when it is discovered that the cunning man (Anonymous 487) and Jane Stetton's father, Thomas Stretton, had been in an argument. The cunning man and his wife are brought before her while she is having a fit, where fire burns her mouth. Anonymous 322 admits that "she could not have stayed any longer from her."(8-9)

Appears in:
Y., M.. The Hartford-shire Wonder. London: 1669, 8-9

1669 Ware  Ware  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1001

The four ministers sent for by Anonymous 429 call on several other ministers and Christian members of the neighbourhood community to assist; all together they allegedly "kept several days in Fasting and Prayer" on behalf of Anonymous 28. During this time, two great bunches are observed to rise in Anonymous 28's throat, and the rough voice is heard to speak blasphemies. One of the ministers "did earnestly beg of God, that he would plague and torment Satan for such his Blasphemies; upon which the Spirit made a most dreadful crying and bemoaning his condition, and said, I will do so no more: To which the Minister replid, Satan, that shall not serve thy turn." The spirits cried and roared hideously, and thereafter it was observed that only one bunch rose in Anonymous 28's throat. The onlookers conclude that one of the two spirits (Anonymous 190) has been banished.(5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 5-6

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1003

The remaining spirit possessing Anonymous 28, Anonymous 190, allegedly takes advantage of the ministers' pause for refreshment and begins to toss the girl up and down. It also takes the use of her legs and causes her chair to "fall down backwards almost to the ground, and then lift it up again."(5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 5-6

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1020

John Palmer allegedly confesses that Marsh of Dunstable is the leader of the "College of Witches" coven. Marsh is considered a good witch by man, for he "hath so long gratified the Country people with his Conjurations." It is believed that he performs good deeds only as the blackest of Devils, meaning that they are all false in nature. Palmer further confesses that he himself had been a witch for some sixty years, "long enough to know and give in the totall summe of all the Conjuring conclave, and the society of Witches in England." (2)

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Anonymous. The Devils Delusions or A Faithfull Relation of John Palmer and Elizabeth Knott. London: 1649, 2

1649 St Albans    Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1021

John Palmer confesses as to how the devil took advantage of him, when he "of a fretfull and revengfull nature," was not able to avenge himself of his adversaries, causing him to join the Devil. Upon this act, he was granted two familiars, one a dog called George, and the other a woman called Jezabell.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Devils Delusions or A Faithfull Relation of John Palmer and Elizabeth Knott. London: 1649, 3

1649 St Albans    Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1022

John Palmer confesses that the Devil showed him his 'mark' by drawing it on the ground. The devil the drew Palmer's blood, and had him use it to make the same mark on the ground.(3-4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Devils Delusions or A Faithfull Relation of John Palmer and Elizabeth Knott. London: 1649, 3-4

1649 St Albans    Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1023

John Palmer confesses that he seduced his kinswoman, Elizabeth Knott, into aiding him in his villainy. He and Elizabeth Knott made a clay image of Goodwife Pearls and laid it on the fire. While the image was "consuming and mouldring away the woman lay in miserable torments." Pearls died immediately after the image was finally and completely consumed by the fire.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Devils Delusions or A Faithfull Relation of John Palmer and Elizabeth Knott. London: 1649, 4

1649 St Albans    Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1024

John Palmer and Elizabeth Knott allegedly murder Goodwife Pearls, through the burning of a clay figure of Pearls, which they burned. This was an act of revenge, as Goodwife Pearls hung a lock upon his door and he did not pay rent to her.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Devils Delusions or A Faithfull Relation of John Palmer and Elizabeth Knott. London: 1649, 4

1649 St Albans    Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1025

John Palmer confesses to sending one of his familiars to kill Mr. Cleavers' horse.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Devils Delusions or A Faithfull Relation of John Palmer and Elizabeth Knott. London: 1649, 4

1649 St Albans    Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1026

Elizabeth Knott allegedly sends a familiar (Anonymous 241) in the form of a cat to bewitch John Lamans' cow as an act of revenge. However, Knott "had no hand in the death of any thing, save the death of Goodwife Pearls," suggesting the cow lived. The familiar came to Elizabeth Knott three weeks before the cow was bewitched, and promised that she should have "her desire in any thing she would desire, except money." The reason Elizabeth Knott chose to bewitch the cow of Laman was because she was denied money that was due to her by Laman's wife. This familiar would suck from her breast as well.(4-5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Devils Delusions or A Faithfull Relation of John Palmer and Elizabeth Knott. London: 1649, 4-5

1649 St Albans    Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1034

John Palmer confesses to Sampson Clark, the Keeper of the Prison, that he once transformed a young man (Anonymous 124) into a toad as an act of revenge; the boy had kicked Palmer in the shin, causing him great pain. The young man was bewitched for many years, "to his great woe and torment."(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Devils Delusions or A Faithfull Relation of John Palmer and Elizabeth Knott. London: 1649, 5

1649 St Albans    Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1038

John Palmer is executed on 16 July, 1649, having been found guilty of witchcraft, the murder of Goodwife Pearls, the transformation of a young man (Anonymous 124) into a toad, sending his familiars to kill Mr. Cleaver's horse, and seducing his kinswoman towards witchcraft and malefic compact with the Devil as well.(1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Devils Delusions or A Faithfull Relation of John Palmer and Elizabeth Knott. London: 1649, 1

1649, July 16 St Albans    Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1039

Elizabeth Knott is executed on 16 July, 1649, having been found guilty of witchcraft, including the murder of Goodwife Pearls, and bewitching John Lamans' cow.(1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Devils Delusions or A Faithfull Relation of John Palmer and Elizabeth Knott. London: 1649, 1

1649, July 16 St Albans    Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1609

Mary-by-chance was swum as a witch in St. Albans in the county of Hertforshire. She allegedly "could not be made sink, though she strove, by putting her head under the Water, and was thrust down with Poles." According to the justices of that town, who related the story to William Drage, she confessed, One of her Imps leaped upon her Breast in the Water, and she could not sink." Evidently, she attempted to weigh herself down with iron to help her sink. (40)

Appears in:
Drage, William. Daimonomageia a Small Treatise of Sickness and Diseases from Witchcraft. London: 1665, 40

1637 St Albans    Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1610

Mary-by-chance, and "another man in Prison" (Anonymous 252) are examined as witches. Being made to "shew their Teats; the Man [showed that he] had like a Breast on his side" and by being made to recite the Lord's Prayer, Mary-by-chance evidently could not say "Our Father, but [could only say] Your Father," a sure sign of demonic leanings. (40-41)

Appears in:
Drage, William. Daimonomageia a Small Treatise of Sickness and Diseases from Witchcraft. London: 1665, 40-41

1637 St Albans    Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
1611

Mary-by-chance allegedly confesses that "she did exactly all those things that were alleged against her." (40-41)

Appears in:
Drage, William. Daimonomageia a Small Treatise of Sickness and Diseases from Witchcraft. London: 1665, 40-41

1637 St Albans    Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2439

A man and his wife, as well as "divers of the Neighbours" (Anonymous 426) saw a "Fair-keeping" of fairies (Anonymous 174) at Black-down Hills every summer, although none dare "adventure in amongst them, for that every one that had done so, had received great damage by it."(209)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 209

1634 Baldock    Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2565

One of the ministers bids Anonymous 28 read from the Bible, but the remaining spirit (Anonymous 190) allegedly says "She shall not read" and tosses her about, draws her head to one side and contorts her face. After some time, the ministers succeed in having her read part of Chapter 20 of the Book of Revelations, though not without some difficulty.(6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 6

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2566

Anonymous 28 rides home after the ministers exorcise one of the spirits (Anonymous 189) from her body. The remaining spirit (Anonymous 190) allegedly flings her backward when she tries to mount, and forces her to sit facing the horse's tail.(6-7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 6-7

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2567

The author, Anonymous 432, observes Anonymous 28 in a fit while she is being prayed over, in which the spirit (Anonymous 190) allegedly makes her bark like a dog, bellow like a bull and roar; the spirit is also said to have suddenly flung her to great height without causing her harm. Anonymous 432 and another man hold down her head and shoulders until the "Spirit in a desperate rage cries out, If I come out, I will kill you all, I will throw down the house and kill you all." It rages until the end of the prayer.(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 7

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2568

The author (Anonymous 432) allegedly attends a party at which Anonymous 28 is also present. He claims the spirit (Anonymous 190) robbed her of the use of her legs and said "she should not drink." The other attendees attempt to force a cup of beer on her nevertheless. Anonymous 190, realizing they will not be dissuaded, orders Anonymous 28 to drown herself in the well in the host's yard. Anonymous 432 claims Anonymous 28 was a stranger to the home and thus could not have known about the well.(7-8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 7-8

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2569

Anonymous 190, the remaining spirit allegedly possessing Anonymous 28, is said to talk often to her family and visitors; it is heard frequently to speak filthy blasphemies. It also tells strange stories to make its audience laugh, and at other times is sullen and silent. It is also known to jump Anonymous 28 up and down, and contort her into strange postures.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 8

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2570

The remaining spirit, Anonymous 190, allegedly continues to possess Anonymous 28 up to the time Anonymous 432 publishes his account of her possession. (8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Wonderful News from Buckinghamshire. London: 1677, 8

1664   Dacorum Hundred  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2635

After scratching Johane Harrison, the yeoman (anonymous 121) recovers but is swiftly apprehended by A.Harrison who accuses him of committing battery against her mother. The yeoman is forced to pay restitution to Johane Harrison. Immediately after paying her, he becomes ill again.()

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606,

1606, August Royston  Royston  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2636

After scratching Johane Harrison, the yeoman (anonymous 121) recovers but is swiftly apprehended by A.Harrison who accuses him of committing battery against her mother. The yeoman is forced to pay restitution to Johane Harrison. Immediately after paying her, he becomes ill again.()

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606,

1606, August Royston  Royston  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2976

Upon losing his Bible, Thomas Stretton visits one of his neighbors (Anonymous 487), who was "a Cunning man, Wizard, or Fortune-teller" in order to help find it. Thomas Stretton however, accuses the man of being "a Witch or a Devil, seeing as he could neither write nor read." These words cause anger for the cunning-man, who vows to get revenge.(1 - 3)

Appears in:
Y., M.. The Hartford-shire Wonder. London: 1669, 1 - 3

1668 Ware  Ware  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
2977

Jane Stretton from the town of Ware suffers from fits, during which "she complained continually of an exceeding pain in her back more then the other parts of her body," as if she were being slashed at knife-point, "her flesh cut and mangled." When setting up her bed, a naked knife is found there, "no body knowing how or which ways it should come thither."(7)

Appears in:
Y., M.. The Hartford-shire Wonder. London: 1669, 7

1668 Ware  Ware  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England