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ID Short Description Date City Parish Current County Old county Nation
47

A group of nine people (eight men and one woman) rob and murder Anthony James, a wealthy Yeoman, and his wife (Anonymous 66). The robbers take gold, silver, plates, and rings. They then stab Anthony James and his wife (Anonymous 66) with daggers to kill them. The children, Anthony James (Jr.) and Elizabeth James are kidnapped. (4-5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 4-5

1602     Essex  Essex  England 
48

Annis Dell is executed at the Hartford Assizes in Hertfordshire on August 4,1606 after being found guilty of murdering Anthony James Jr. and for mutilating Elizabeth James by cutting out her tongue. (19-20)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 19-20

1606, August 4 Hartford    Huntingdonshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
49

Johane Harrison is tried for witchcraft in Hertfordshire in August, 1606.(18)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 18

1606, August 4 Hartford    Huntingdonshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
50

Johane Harrison is executed in Hertfordshire on August 4, 1606 after being found guilty of witchcraft.(24)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 24

1606, August 4 Hartford    Huntingdonshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
58

Agnes Tompson confesses to keeping a toad and using its collected venom to make the King of Scotland ill and have great pain.(14)

Appears in:
Carmichael, James. News from Scotland, Declaring the Damnable Life and Death of Doctor Fian a Notable Sorcerer. London: 1592, 14

1591 Edinburgh    Midlothian  Edinburghshire  Scotland 
61

Doctor Fian is burned to death on Castle Hill of Edinburgh on January 22, 1591.(28)

Appears in:
Carmichael, James. News from Scotland, Declaring the Damnable Life and Death of Doctor Fian a Notable Sorcerer. London: 1592, 28

1591, January, 22 Edinburgh    Midlothian  Edinburghshire  Scotland 
62

Paule Gamperle confesses to practicing witchcraft since childhood.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 8

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
63

Anne Gamperle confesses to the murder of approximately one hundred children.(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 7

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
64

Simon Gamperle confesses to the murder of approximately thirty children.(10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 10

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
65

Jacob Gamperle confesses to robbing churches and merchants.(9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 9

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
66

Anne Gamperle has her breasts cut off, arms broken, and is burned to death on 29 July, 1600.(12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 12

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
67

Five men from Germany are executed after being found guilty of witchcraft and murder on July 29, 1600.(10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 10

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
68

Paule Gamperle is put on a spit while still alive, and burned to death on July 29, 1600.(12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 12

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
108

Mary Brown is hanged for being a witch, in Maidstone on July 30, 1652.(6)

Appears in:
E.G., Gent.. A Prodigious & Tragic History of the Arraignment, Trial, Confession, and Condemnation of Six Witches at Maidston Kent. London: 1652, 6

1652, July 30 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
109

Mildred Wright is hanged for being a witch, in Maidstone on July 30, 1652.(6)

Appears in:
E.G., Gent.. A Prodigious & Tragic History of the Arraignment, Trial, Confession, and Condemnation of Six Witches at Maidston Kent. London: 1652, 6

1652, July 30 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
110

Anne Wilson is hanged for being a witch, in Maidstone on July 30, 1652.(6)

Appears in:
E.G., Gent.. A Prodigious & Tragic History of the Arraignment, Trial, Confession, and Condemnation of Six Witches at Maidston Kent. London: 1652, 6

1652, July 30 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
111

Mary Read is hanged for being a witch, in Maidstone on July 30, 1652.(6)

Appears in:
E.G., Gent.. A Prodigious & Tragic History of the Arraignment, Trial, Confession, and Condemnation of Six Witches at Maidston Kent. London: 1652, 6

1652, July 30 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
112

Jane Stretton of Ware, Hartford suffers from "strange and extraordinary fits." When medicine is applied to her "as it is usual for the Tooth-Ach," it does not help, but rather causes her to be "more violently tortured still then before." It is believed that Jane Stretton suffers from "Witchcraft and such Diabolical means." This is further confirmed by the sightings of devils and imps (Anonymous 24), "sometimes in the shape of a Toad, at other times it resembled a Frog," while at yet other times it is in the form of a mouse. These imps and devils torment Jane Stretton for nine months. She is also incapable of taking any sustenance, safe "surrups and such like liquid ingredients." She is never dispossessed. (1)

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

1669 Hartford    Huntingdonshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
117

Lewis Gaufredy confesses to having read a book on magic that he inherited from his uncle.(12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Life and Death of Lewis Gaufredy. London: 1612, 12

1612, April Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
118

Cicely Balye criticized Mary Smith for doing an inadequate job sweeping. In retribution, Smith called Bayle "a great fattail'd sow," but promised that her "fatnesse should shortly be pulled." (57)

Appears in:
Holland, Henry. A Treatise Against Witchcraft. Cambridge: 1590, 57

1616     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
124

Mary Johnson allegedly bewitches Elizabeth Otley's child to death. She apparently shoved her familiar, a rat-like imp she carried with her in her pocket, through a hole in Otley's door, suggesting it should "rock the Cradle," and "do the businesse she sent it about, and return to her again." The business it was sent to do was murder. (17)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 17

1645 Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
128

Elizabeth Harvey claims that if she was a witch, that she was made so by Marian Hocket.(30)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 30

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
129

Marian Hockett denies any involvement with witchcraft.(28)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 28

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
134

Anne Cate (Maidenhead) claims to have received three familiar spirits in the shape of moles, named James, Prickeare, and Robyn. She also received a familiar in the shape of a Sparrow, named Sparrow, from her mother (Anonymous 345) circa 1623. These familiars allegedly spoke to Cate, and instructed her to "deny God and Christ, which this Examinant did then assent unto."(38)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38

1623 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
135

Elizabeth Hare is accused of giving Imps to Mary Smith.(23)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 23

1645     Essex  Essex  England 
136

Joan Peterson and her neighbuor (Anonymous 341) were allegedly sitting by her fireside when Peterson shrieked and cried out, asking the neighbour if he saw anything. The neighbour does not at first, then sees what appears to be a black dog go directly to Peterson and put its head under her armpit. He is so astonished and frightened that he runs from the house.(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 7

1652 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
137

Anne Bodenham of Salisbury is executed in Fisherton Anger on March 19, 1653 for being a witch. During her execution, she claimed that "God nothing had to doe with her," and she "did nought but curse and sware."(36)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 36

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
142

Temperance Lloyd is apprehended and put in prison.(9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 9

1682, August 14 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
143

Mary Trembles allegedly confesses to pricking and tormenting Grace Barnes of Bideford.(30-31)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 30-31

1682, July Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
144

Susanna Edwards confesses that devil had carnal knowledge of her body and sucked on her breasts and secret parts.(29)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 29

1682, July 17 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
147

Mary Floyd is executed for witchcraft on August 18, 1682.(6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial, Condemnation, and Execution of Three Witches. London: 1682, 6

1682, August 18 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
148

Alice Fowler is reputed to be a witch for muttering and grumbling to herself regularly.(1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Strange News from Shadwell being a True and Just Relation of the Death of Alice Fowler. London: 1684, 1

1684 Shadwell (London Borough of Tower Hamlets)    London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
165

Temperance Floyd of Bideford is accused of being a witch, and of also teaching Mary Floyd and Susannah Edwards the art of witchcraft.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial, Condemnation, and Execution of Three Witches. London: 1682, 3

1682, August 18 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
166

A Tenant's (Anonymous 2) batch of bread moves overnight, seemingly of its own accord, from a table to another room, where they were "hid in Tubs and covered with linnen Cloathes." The tenant had the keys to all the doors at all times, and found the doors to all her rooms locked as she had left them overnight. A similar incident occurs with her cheeses and meat.(2)

Appears in:
A., J.. The Daemon of Burton, or, A True Relation of Strange Witchcrafts or Incantations Lately Practised at Burton. London: 1671, 2

1671 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
167

A Tenant's (Anonymous 2) cattle are killed in a strange manner. Among these, are a sow that "leap'd and danc'd in several unusual postures and at last fell down dead."(3)

Appears in:
A., J.. The Daemon of Burton, or, A True Relation of Strange Witchcrafts or Incantations Lately Practised at Burton. London: 1671, 3

1671 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
168

A Tenant's (Anonymous 2) stack of hay, and the building it was kept in, were set on fire. This fire is believed to be linked to other mysterious fires that start within the house.(4)

Appears in:
A., J.. The Daemon of Burton, or, A True Relation of Strange Witchcrafts or Incantations Lately Practised at Burton. London: 1671, 4

1671 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
169

A Tenant's (Anonymous 2) cheese and meat allegedly move to another room of their own accord.(2)

Appears in:
A., J.. The Daemon of Burton, or, A True Relation of Strange Witchcrafts or Incantations Lately Practised at Burton. London: 1671, 2

1671 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
170

A Tenant's (Anonymous 2) cabbage plants are moved by an unknown force. At night the plants are pulled up and laid down in "several formes, as Crosses, Flower-de-luces, and the like." Even upon raking the ground, no footsteps were found the following morning, but the plants had been pulled up again. Upon being replanted a third time, they were left alone.(2)

Appears in:
A., J.. The Daemon of Burton, or, A True Relation of Strange Witchcrafts or Incantations Lately Practised at Burton. London: 1671, 2

1671 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
171

A Tenant's (Anonymous 2) roasted pig is allegedly defleshed by an unknown force. Its bones are left in perfect order.(3)

Appears in:
A., J.. The Daemon of Burton, or, A True Relation of Strange Witchcrafts or Incantations Lately Practised at Burton. London: 1671, 3

1671 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
181

A black cat is seen to repeatedly come to the cradle of a sick child and rock it; when the child is being watched by two women, one drives off the cat with a poker and, when it later returns, the other woman kicks at it. The leg that kicked at the cat becomes sore and swollen, frightening the women, who leave the house and encounter a Baker, who saw Peterson go that way and was frightened by the cat himself. He alleges that Peterson has bewitched the child. The cat is thought to be Peterson herself.(1, 5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 1, 5-6

1652 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
200

Anne Bodenham of Salisbury uses green glass to inform Anne Styles about who has stolen Master Goddard's silver spoon.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Doctor Lambs Darling. London: 1653, 3

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
201

Anne Bodenham of Salisbury appears in the shape of a great black cat.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Doctor Lambs Darling. London: 1653, 5

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
202

Anne Bodenham of Salisbury draws a circle and calls upon the devil, to which two spirits appear.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Doctor Lambs Darling. London: 1653, 5

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
203

Anne Bodenham of Salisbury allegedly calls upon a devil to torment a maid from Salisbury (Anonymous 5).(6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Doctor Lambs Darling. London: 1653, 6

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
204

Anne Bodenham of Salisbury is hanged for allegedly being a witch in Salisbury, 1653.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Doctor Lambs Darling. London: 1653, 8

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
206

Dorcas Colesman accuses Susanna Edwards of causing her tormenting pains that have lasted for many weeks. (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 2

1680, August Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
207

Temperance Lloyd is accused of bewitching Grace Thomas, by causing her to feel as though she had been pricked with 'pins and awls.'(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 8

1680, September 30 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
208

Temperance Lloyd of Bideford is searched for and is allegedly found to have witch's marks.(11)

Appears in:
P., T.. A Relation of the Diabolical Practices of above Twenty Wizards and Witches of the Sheriffdom of Renfrew in the Kingdom of Scotland. London: 1697, 11

1682, July 2 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
210

Temperance Lloyd allegedly met with the devil, who appeared in the likeness of a black man and convinced her to torment Grace Thomas.(13-14)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 13-14

1682, September 30 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
211

Temperance Lloyd pinches Grace Thomas' shoulders, arms, thighs and legs to torment her.(14)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 14

1682, September 30 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
212

Temperance Lloyd confesses to being involved with the devil for twelve years, and participating in William Herbert's death.(18)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 18

1682, July 4 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
213

Temperance Lloyd confesses to causing the death of Anne Fellow.(19)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 19

1682, July 4 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
214

Temperance Lloyd allegedly 'secretly' pricked Jane Dallyn, the wife of Symon Dallyn of Biddiford, Marriner, in one of her eyes, causing her death. Lloyd recounts she did this act in secret, and that "she was never discovered or punished for the same."(19)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 19

1682, July 4 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
215

Temperance Lloyd confesses to bewitching Lydia Burman to death by appearing to her in the form of a red pig.(19)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 19

1682, July 4 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
217

Mary Trembles allegedly arrives at Agnes Whitefield's door. It is at that moment that Whitefield comes to understand that "Mary Trembles, together with the said Susanna Edwards, were the very persons that had tormented her, by using some Magical Art or Witchcraft upon her said Body as aforesaid." (28)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 28

1682, July 16 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
218

Mary Trembles and Susanna Edwards are accused of pricking a Bideford woman named Grace Barns.(31)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 31

1682, July 18 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
219

Susanna Edwards confesses that the devil did carry her spirit around.(31)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 31

1682, July 18 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
220

Susanna Edwards confesses to pricking and tormenting Dorcas Coleman.(31)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 31

1682, July 18 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
221

Mary Trembles confesses that Susanna Edwards taught her the practice of witchcraft.(34)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 34

1682, July 18 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
222

Mary Trembles confesses that the devil appeared to her in the shape of a lion.(37)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 37

1682 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
223

Temperance Floyd of Bideford confesses to being in league with the Devil for twenty years, a period in which she claimed to be "guilty of many Cruelties, and [to have had] Hellish power afflicted both Man and Beast."(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial, Condemnation, and Execution of Three Witches. London: 1682, 2

1682, August 18 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
224

Temperance Floyd, Mary Floyd, and Susanna Edwards of Bideford cause a cow to give blood instead of milk.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial, Condemnation, and Execution of Three Witches. London: 1682, 3

1682 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
225

Temperance Floyd of Bideford confesses to causing ships to be cast away at sea and men dying as a result.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial, Condemnation, and Execution of Three Witches. London: 1682, 4

1682 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
226

Temperance Floyd of Bideford confesses to having sexual relations with the devil for nine nights.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial, Condemnation, and Execution of Three Witches. London: 1682, 4

1682 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
227

Temperance Floyd of Bideford confesses to killing Hannah Thomas, by squeezing the girl's arm till blood came out of her mouth.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial, Condemnation, and Execution of Three Witches. London: 1682, 4

1682, August 18 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
238

Temperance Lloyd is accused of pricking and tormenting her accuser, Grace Thomas, causing intense bodily harm.(10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 10

1682, July 1 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
239

Anne Fowler is accused by Walter Fowler, her son, of bewitching him and others for many years.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Strange News from Shadwell being a True and Just Relation of the Death of Alice Fowler. London: 1684, 2

1684 Shadwell (London Borough of Tower Hamlets)    London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
253

Elizabeth Sawyer is arraigned and indicted for witchcraft at the Old Bailey. She is charged with bewitching her neighbours infants and cattle, and Agnes Radcliffe, to death.(B2)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, B2

1621, April 14 London (Old Bailey)    London, City of  London  England 
259

Andrew Mackie of Ringcroft of Stalking is allegedly haunted by a spirit that destroys the bindings on his animals.(7)

Appears in:
Telfair, Alexander. A True Relation of an Apparition Expressions and Actings of a Spirit. Edinburgh: 1696, 7

1695, February Auchencairn    Dumfries and Galloway (Council Area)  Scotland 
261

Andrew Mackie of Ringcroft of Stalking is allegedly haunted by a spirit that sets fire to his house.(7)

Appears in:
Telfair, Alexander. A True Relation of an Apparition Expressions and Actings of a Spirit. Edinburgh: 1696, 7

1695, February Auchencairn    Dumfries and Galloway (Council Area)  Scotland 
262

Andrew Mackie of Ringcroft of Stalking is allegedly haunted by a spirit that throws stones into his house.(7)

Appears in:
Telfair, Alexander. A True Relation of an Apparition Expressions and Actings of a Spirit. Edinburgh: 1696, 7

1695, 7 March Auchencairn    Dumfries and Galloway (Council Area)  Scotland 
263

Andrew Mackie of Ringcroft of Stalking is allegedly haunted by a spirit that rattles objects in his house, makes loud noises, disrupts prayer, and frightens a dog.(9)

Appears in:
Telfair, Alexander. A True Relation of an Apparition Expressions and Actings of a Spirit. Edinburgh: 1696, 9

1695, March 22 Auchencairn    Dumfries and Galloway (Council Area)  Scotland 
264

Andrew Mackie of Ringcroft of Stalking is allegedly haunted by a spirit that hurts another man named Andrew Aewart by throwing rocks at his head.(9-10)

Appears in:
Telfair, Alexander. A True Relation of an Apparition Expressions and Actings of a Spirit. Edinburgh: 1696, 9-10

1695, April 4 Auchencairn    Dumfries and Galloway (Council Area)  Scotland 
265

Andrew Mackie of Ringcroft of Stalking is allegedly haunted by a spirit that leaves a letter written and sealed in blood that speaks of repentance.(11)

Appears in:
Telfair, Alexander. A True Relation of an Apparition Expressions and Actings of a Spirit. Edinburgh: 1696, 11

1695, April 8 Auchencairn    Dumfries and Galloway (Council Area)  Scotland 
271

Andrew Mackie of Ringcroft of Stalking is allegedly haunted by a spirit that says it will stop bothering him if Andrew Mackie worships the spirit instead of God.(14)

Appears in:
Telfair, Alexander. A True Relation of an Apparition Expressions and Actings of a Spirit. Edinburgh: 1696, 14

1695, April 26 Auchencairn    Dumfries and Galloway (Council Area)  Scotland 
272

Andrew Mackie of Ringcroft of Stalking is allegedly haunted by a spirit that pulls one of his children out of bed and hangs them by the shoulders in a tree.(14)

Appears in:
Telfair, Alexander. A True Relation of an Apparition Expressions and Actings of a Spirit. Edinburgh: 1696, 14

1695 Auchencairn    Dumfries and Galloway (Council Area)  Scotland 
273

Andrew Mackie of Ringcroft of Stalking is allegedly haunted by a spirit that takes the form of a black cloud, and also throws mud and chaff.(15)

Appears in:
Telfair, Alexander. A True Relation of an Apparition Expressions and Actings of a Spirit. Edinburgh: 1696, 15

1695, April 30 Auchencairn    Dumfries and Galloway (Council Area)  Scotland 
274

Lewis Gaufredy of Marseilles is accused of bewitching Mistress Victoire Corbier into continually lusting after him.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Life and Death of Lewis Gaufredy. London: 1612, 4

1611, April Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
275

Lewis Gaufredy of Marseilles is accused of introducing Mistress Magdalen of the Marish to the Devil, causing her to have marks on her body.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Life and Death of Lewis Gaufredy. London: 1612, 8

1611 Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
276

Lewis Gaufredy of Marseilles is apprehended and put in prison after Magdalen of the Marish confesses to Gaufredy's involvement with the Devil.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Life and Death of Lewis Gaufredy. London: 1612, 8

1611 Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
277

Lewis Gaufredy of Marseilles confesses to how he married Magdalen of the Marish to the Prince of Devils, called Beelzebub, who took the form of a gentleman.(12-13)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Life and Death of Lewis Gaufredy. London: 1612, 12-13

1611 Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
278

Lewis Gaufredy of Marseilles confesses to baptizing children into the Devil's service by using salt and sulfur in the water.(16)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Life and Death of Lewis Gaufredy. London: 1612, 16

1611 Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
279

Lewis Gaufredy of Marseilles is tried by a court and found guilty of rape, seduction, sorcery, magic, and other devilish acts.(19)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Life and Death of Lewis Gaufredy. London: 1612, 19

1611, April Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
280

Lewis Gaufredy of Marseilles is executed in Marsellies on April 30, 1611 for being a magician and in communion with the Devil.(23)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Life and Death of Lewis Gaufredy. London: 1612, 23

1611, April Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
281

Anne Bodenham of Fisherton Anger teaches Anne Styles a spell that can be used to break Mistress Sarah Pocket's neck.(3-4)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 3-4

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
284

Jacob Gamperle confesses to causing a heard of cattle to be blown into the river by creating a tempest.(10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 10

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
285

Anne Gamperle confesses to tormenting nineteen old people.(9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 9

1600 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
286

Paule Gamperle confesses to the murder of approximately one hundred children.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 8

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
287

Paule Gamperle confesses to tormenting people who would not forgive his debts.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 8

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
288

Paule Gamperle confesses to murdering his two uncles to acquire their goods.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 8

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
289

Paule Gamperle confesses to setting eight houses in the neighbourhood on fire, killing the sixteen people. (8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 8

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
290

Anne Gamperle confesses to murdering an innkeeper and his wife.(9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 9

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
291

Simon Gamperle confesses to robbing, rioting, and pillaging all around the city.(10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 10

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
292

Simon Gamperle confesses making himself invisible to rob and murder people, as well as commit other acts using witchcraft.(10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 10

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
293

George Dell is executed in Hertfordshire on 4 August,1606 after being found guilty of murdering Anthony James Jr. and participating in the mutilation of Elizabeth James.(24)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 24

1606, August 4 Hartford    Huntingdonshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
294

Anne Bodenham of Fisherton Anger gives a charm made out of yellow powder in the shape of a cross to Anne Styles to help protect Thomas Mason.(4)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 4

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
295

Anne Bodenham of Fisherton Anger uses a staff, a book, and a piece of green glass as magical instruments to call upon the Devil. At her invocation, five spirits appear in the form of ragged boys; Bodenham scatters bread crumbs for them. (4-5)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 4-5

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
297

Anne Bodenham of Fisherton Anger casts a circle and calls upon the Devil, who appears in the form of a little boy, then a snake, and finally a shaggy dog.(6)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 6

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
298

Anne Bodenham of Fisherton Anger allegedly gives Anne Styles (for her Mistress to use) powder made of leaves, some dried leaves, and fingernail parings; this is a three prong magical approach designed to poison Sarah and Anne Goodard. The powder was to be administer in a "drink or broth, to rot their Guts in their Bellies; the leaves to rub about the brims of the Pot, to make their Teeth fall out of their Heads; and the paring of the Nayls to make them drunk and mad."(11)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 11

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
299

Anne Bodenham of Fisherton Anger casts a circle and calls upon the Devil, who appears as two spirits in the the forms of long-haired boys; the boys sign a contract in blood with Anne Styles.(11)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 11

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
300

Anne Bodenham of Fisherton Anger allegedly bewitches Anne Styles into having fits.(14)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 14

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
301

Anne Styles is questioned by a jury as to the state of her spirituality, and whether she would like to be saved by God.(16-17)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 16-17

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
302

Anne Styles confesses that Anne Bodenham persuaded her to become involved in witchcraft, but that she freely consented to participating in it.(18)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 18

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
303

Ullrich Sehelltibaum is executed in Munich on 29 July, 1600 for witchcraft.(12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 12

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
304

Simon Gamperle is executed in Munich on 29 July, 1600 for witchcraft.(12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 12

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
305

Jacob Gamperle is executed for witchcraft in Munich on 29 July, 1600.(12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 12

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
306

George Smaltes is executed for witchcraft in Munich on 29 July, 1600.(12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Strange Report of Six Most Notorious Witches. London: 1601, 12

1600, July 29 Munich    Upper bavaria (State)  Bavaria (State)  Germany 
307

Anne Bodenham of Fisherton Anger confesses to being able to cure diseases by charms and spells and through the use of glass and books.(25-26)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 25-26

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
308

Anne Bodeham of Fisherton Anger has her body searched by a group of women that find a teat on her shoulder.(28-29)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 28-29

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
317

Mr. Freeland's fourteen year old maidservant (Anonymous 1) is searched for witch's marks under her armpits; fleshy red protuberances are found.(6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Shee-devil of Petticoat-Lane, or, A True and Perfect Relation of a Sad Accident which Befel Mr. Freeland. London: 1666, 6

1666, July 20 London (Petticoat Lane)    London, City of  London  England 
318

Anne Martyn is hanged for being a witch in Maidstone on 30 July, 1652.(6)

Appears in:
E.G., Gent.. A Prodigious & Tragic History of the Arraignment, Trial, Confession, and Condemnation of Six Witches at Maidston Kent. London: 1652, 6

1652, July 30 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
319

Anne Ashby is hanged in for being a witch in Maidstone on 30 July,1652.(6)

Appears in:
E.G., Gent.. A Prodigious & Tragic History of the Arraignment, Trial, Confession, and Condemnation of Six Witches at Maidston Kent. London: 1652, 6

1652, July 30 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
321

A tenant (Anonymous 2) leaves a bottle of vinegar in the dairy house along with the milk of six cows; in the morning she returns to find the bottle empty and the milk turned into a "perfect possett."(3)

Appears in:
A., J.. The Daemon of Burton, or, A True Relation of Strange Witchcrafts or Incantations Lately Practised at Burton. London: 1671, 3

1671 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
324

Joan Peterson allegedly heals a man of a chronic headache that several doctors could not; the man had been suffering for five weeks and was cured after she gave him a drink and instructed him to take it three times. This account is given as proof of her healing skill.(4-5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 4-5

1652 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
334

Martha Brossier of Romorantin-Lanthenay is allegedly possessed by a wicked spirit. (3)

Appears in:
Marescot, Michel. A True Discourse, Upon the Matter of Martha Brossier of Romorantin Pretended to be Possessed by a Devil. London: 1599, 3

1599, March 30 Romorantin-Lanthenay    Centre (Region)  France 
335

Martha Brossier of Romorantin-Lanthenay is tried, found to not be possessed by wicked spirits, and released to her father.(36)

Appears in:
Marescot, Michel. A True Discourse, Upon the Matter of Martha Brossier of Romorantin Pretended to be Possessed by a Devil. London: 1599, 36

1599, March 30 Romorantin-Lanthenay    Centre (Region)  France 
337

Lewis Gaufredy of Marseille allegedly gives his soul to the devil in return for women and honour above all other priests.(1)

Appears in:
Machaelis, Sebastien. The Admirable History of the Posession and Conversion of a Penitent Woman. London: 1613, 1

1611, April Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
338

Magdelene of Demandoule allegedly accidentally learns witchcraft from Lewis Gaufredy.(4)

Appears in:
Machaelis, Sebastien. The Admirable History of the Posession and Conversion of a Penitent Woman. London: 1613, 4

1611, April Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
339

Magdalene of Demandoule is possessed by the devil into having bodily fits(90-91)

Appears in:
Machaelis, Sebastien. The Admirable History of the Posession and Conversion of a Penitent Woman. London: 1613, 90-91

1610, December 16 Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
340

Blanche of Marseille uses charms to cause Magdalene of Demandoule to only see Lewis Gaufredy when she looks on other people.(320)

Appears in:
Machaelis, Sebastien. The Admirable History of the Posession and Conversion of a Penitent Woman. London: 1613, 320

1611, January 16 Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
342

Anne Bodenham places glass on an image and rubs it to see for a client what others are doing in her absence.(3-4)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 3-4

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
343

Anne Bodenham of Salisbury allegedly transforms and appears in the form of a black cat to Anne Styles.(11)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 11

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
352

Martha Brossier of Romorantin-Lathenay is pricked by a needle but does not bleed and is not conclusively determined to be a witch.(20)

Appears in:
Marescot, Michel. A True Discourse, Upon the Matter of Martha Brossier of Romorantin Pretended to be Possessed by a Devil. London: 1599, 20

1599, March Romorantin-Lanthenay    Centre (Region)  France 
353

A young girl, Anonymous 11, allegedly eats a sorrel leaf given to her by a beggar woman, Anonymous 12, who came to her home asking for bread and beer. Not long after, Anonymous 11 begins to suffer convulsive fits in which she swoons and falls down as if dead. (4-5)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 4-5

1652, May Luyck      Luyck  Brussels 
356

James Device is arraigned and tried before Justice of the Assize Sir Edward Bromley at Lancaster Assizes on August 18, 1612. He stands accused of bewitching Anne Townley and John Duckworth to death.(Hv-H2)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Hv-H2

1612, August 18 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
362

Anne Redferne is arraigned and tried at Lancaster Assizes for witchcraft on August 19, 1612 before Justice of the Assize Sir Edward Bromley.(N3v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, N3v

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
363

Anne Redferne is acquitted of bewitching Robert Nutter to death, but tried a second time on charges of bewitching Christopher Nutter to death. She pleads not guilty.(N3v-N4)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, N3v-N4

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
364

Katherine Hewit is arraigned and tried on August 19, 1612 before Justice of the Assize Sir Edward Bromley. She stands charged of bewitching Anne Foulds to death.(P3-P3v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, P3-P3v

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
365

John Bulcock and his mother, Jane Bulcock, are arraigned and tried on August 19, 1612 before Justice of the Assizes Sir Edward Bromley. They stand accused of bewitching Jennet Deane until she wasted and consumed, and became mad.(Q2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Q2v

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
368

The Countess of Essex is awakened by an apparition that comes to her in the form of her husband.(24)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 24

1656, August     Glamorgan  Glamorgan  Wales 
374

Alexander Anderson and James Anderson of Glasgow allegedly torment Christian Shaw. Christian Shaw accuses them and two other men.(7)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 7

1696, December Glasgow    Lanarkshire  Lanarkshire  Scotland 
381

Mr. Mompesson of Tidworth is allegedly haunted by an unknown source that moves boards in his house.(93)

Appears in:
Glanvill, Joseph. Saducismus Triumphatus, or, Full and Plain Evidence Concerning Witches and Apparitions in Two Parts. London: 1681, 93

1662, November 5 Tedworth    Wiltshire  Wilts  England 
382

Mr. Mompesson of Tidworth is allegedly visited by apparition that is blue and glimmering and causes the eyes to hurt when looking upon it.(97)

Appears in:
Glanvill, Joseph. Saducismus Triumphatus, or, Full and Plain Evidence Concerning Witches and Apparitions in Two Parts. London: 1681, 97

1662, January Tedworth    Wiltshire  Wilts  England 
389

Julian Cox of Taunton, Somerset is tried on the accusation of practicing witchcraft on a young maid that causes her health to deteriorate.(191)

Appears in:
Glanvill, Joseph. Saducismus Triumphatus, or, Full and Plain Evidence Concerning Witches and Apparitions in Two Parts. London: 1681, 191

1663 Taunton    Somerset  Somersetshire  England 
393

Elizabeth Wright is searched for witch's marks by Anonymous 165 and allegedly has two teats like warts behind her arm, and a large collection of marks towards the top of her shoulder which is described as "udder of an ewe." Sir Humphrey and Master Graysley examine the marks.(9-10)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 9-10

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
395

Alice Gooderigde is searched for witch's marks by Anonymous 165 and is found to have a bloody hole as big as two pence on her stomach; the searchers believe the bloody hole is a result of a wart or teat being cut off; Gooderidge claims the hole is a result of holding a knife while falling off a ladder, which caused the knife to be thrust into her stomach; the hole is not festering, and therefore the searchers do not believe her story. The marks are examined by Sir Humphrey and Master Graysley.(9)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 9

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
396

Alice Gooderidge is sent to the Derby prison for allegedly bewitching Thomas Darling.(11)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 11

1597 Darbie    Derbyshire  Derbyshire  England 
397

Jennet Mathie is apprehended on suspicion of pricking a boy with a pin and making wax pictures used for purposes of witchcraft.(3-4)

Appears in:
Sinclair, George. Satan's Invisible World Discovered. Edinburgh: 1685, 3-4

1676, October 14 Pollok-town    Lanarkshire  Lanarkshire  Scotland 
400

Bessie Weir, Marjorie Craig, Margaret Jackson, and John Stewart allegedly meet with the devil and make wax pictures in which to stick pins.(11-12)

Appears in:
Sinclair, George. Satan's Invisible World Discovered. Edinburgh: 1685, 11-12

1677, January 3 Pollok-town    Lanarkshire  Lanarkshire  Scotland 
402

John Stewart of Pollok confesses to seeing the devil as a black man with cloven feet, black apparel, legs without shoes, and having a hollow and ghostly voice(14)

Appears in:
Sinclair, George. Satan's Invisible World Discovered. Edinburgh: 1685, 14

1684, January 4 Pollok-town    Lanarkshire  Lanarkshire  Scotland 
403

Margaret Jackson confesses to conspiring with the devil and other practitioners of witchcraft to kill Sir George Maxwell of Pollok(15)

Appears in:
Sinclair, George. Satan's Invisible World Discovered. Edinburgh: 1685, 15

1674, January 4 Pollok-town    Lanarkshire  Lanarkshire  Scotland 
404

James Graham of Chester is allegedly visited by an apparition of Anne Walker who tells him of how she was murdered by Mark Sharp.(19-20)

Appears in:
Sinclair, George. Satan's Invisible World Discovered. Edinburgh: 1685, 19-20

1632     Cheshire  Chester  England 
406

Margaret Mere of Maidstone, Kent on 23 October, 1568 gives birth to a monstrous and deformed child that lives for twenty-three hours and then dies.(1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Forme and Shape of a Monstrous Child, Borne at Maydstone in Kent. London: 1568, 1

1568, October 23 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
408

Captain Brown of Shropshire is brutally murdered by his servant, after which he appears as an apparition to two Gentlewomen.(1-2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. An Account of a Most Horrid and Barbarous Murder and Robbery Committed on the Body of Captain Brown. Edinburgh: 1694, 1-2

1684, March     Shropshire  Shropshire  England 
409

Two stars appear over a Protestant army fighting in Ireland. They are seen as a sign from God.(5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Lamentable Newes from Ireland being a True, Perfect, and Exact Relation of the Landing of 10000 men in that Kingdom. London: 1642, 5-6

1642, May 6     Ireland 
415

A woman from Suffolk (Anonymous 23) allegedly bewitches a pregnant woman after being offered only half a piece of bread. Soon after that, woman gives birth to two pieces of deformed flesh.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Signs and Wonders from Heaven. With a True Relation of a Monster Born in Radcliffe Highway. London: 1645, 4

1644, July 30     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
418

A young woman from Amersfoort (Anonymous 25) is visited by an apparition that cures her lameness.(5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Two Remarkable and True Histories, which Happened this Present Year, 1619. London: 1620, 5-6

1619, August 28 Amersfoort    Utrecht (Province)  Utrecht (Province)  Netherlands 
419

John Vandael of Amersfoort discovers a monster inside a dead cow's entrails that has a head like an otter, the nose and mouth of a man, and the ears of a dog.(9-10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Two Remarkable and True Histories, which Happened this Present Year, 1619. London: 1620, 9-10

1619 Amersfoort    Utrecht (Province)  Utrecht (Province)  Netherlands 
422

A woman from Old Gravel Lane (Anonymous 19) allegedly has a fit after a meeting of Anabaptists. Upon returning home from the meeting, and with the intention of repeating the notes she had taken at the sermon to her husband (Anonymous 482), she suddenly speaks "Noises of another nature, seeming to be the pulling Mewes or Shreamings of three young Kitlings." Immediately after, Anonymous 19 is also struck with blindness. It becomes obvious that the woman is possessed, as she is taken with "strange and unusual Gestures, and involuntary Motions both of her Tongue and other Members."(2-3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. News from Old-Gravel Lane. London: 1675, 2-3

1675, March 21       Unknown  England 
423

A woman from Old-Gravel lane (Anonymous 19) allegedly has a fit during which she cannot eat because her throat closes up. She thus refuses to eat with her husband (Anonymous 482) and friends, and the spirit (Anonymous 240) possessing her admits that he would choke her should she try to eat. After, whenever she attempted to eat, she could not swallow, because "the Vessels of her throat were stopped."(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. News from Old-Gravel Lane. London: 1675, 4

1675, March 22       Unknown  England 
424

A woman from Old-Gravel lane (Anonymous 19) is allegedly possessed, drawing ministers (Anonymous 483) and others to visit her out of both curiosity and charity. The spirit (Anonymous 240) possessing Anonymous 19 speaks with these witnesses. When asked who sent the spirit to possess the woman, it replied that it was sent by "a Woman below." (Anonymous 239). When asked why he was sent, the spirit answered it was to prevent the woman from "perswading her Husband (Anonymous 482) to be Baptized." The spirit expressed his desire to possess the woman for as long as he could. It is believed that the spirit is the Devil himself.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. News from Old-Gravel Lane. London: 1675, 3

1675, March 22       Unknown  England 
425

Margaret Hooper is thought to be bewitched by a spirit (Anonymous 248) because of her incessant rambling. Her husband, Stephen Hooper, tries to convince her to "cal upon, God & that being the Creature of God, she should not forget to call upon her Creator ini the day of trouble," encouraging her also to pray with him. The Devil, however, causes her mind unrest, and her husband continues to pray for her.(2-3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Most Fearful and Strange News from Durham being a True Relation of one Margaret Hooper of Edenbyres. London: 1641, 2-3

1641, November 15 Edenbyres    Durham  Durham  England 
426

Margaret Hooper has a fit in the middle of the night in which she allegedly sees the Devil. She calls out to her husband, Stephen Hooper, saying that "shee did see a strange thing (Anonymous 247) like unto a snale, carrying fire in a most wonderfull sort." Her husband and others try to comfort her, and a candle is lighted. Margaret Hooper, however, continues to be fearful, crying out, "doe not you see the Devill?" When her husband urges her to focus on God, she cautions that "if you see nothing now, you shall see something by and by."(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Most Fearful and Strange News from Durham being a True Relation of one Margaret Hooper of Edenbyres. London: 1641, 4

1641, November Edenbyres    Durham  Durham  England 
431

Anne Kirk is arraigned in London on November 30, 1599 on charges of witchcraft before Lord Anderson and Justices. She is found guilty, and condemned to death.(99)

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

1599, November 30 London (Old Bailey)    London, City of  London  England 
432

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

Appears in:
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)

Appears in:
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)

Appears in:
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)

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

1599 London (Castle Alley)    London, City of  MIddlesex  England 
439

A prophecy is found written in a vault in Namur foretelling the overthrow of the French Monarchy.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. An Account from Flanders of the Strange and Wonderful Finding out at Namur . London: 1693, 4

1692 Namur    Wallonia (Region)  Namur (Region)  Belgium 
442

A monster with three pairs of hands is allegedly bred in Russia. It is understood as a portent of the war between Russia, Poland, and Sweden.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Stranges News of a Prodigious Monster Born in the Township of Allington. Unknown: 1613, 5

1608     Russia 
444

William Laud's life and death are allegedly foretold in chapters thirteen and fifteen of the Revelation of John.(1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Prophecie of the Life, Reigne, and Death of William Laud. London: 1644, 1

1644 Canterbury    Kent  Kent  England 
446

Margaret Hooper allegedly has a fit in which she violently thrashes in her bed, causing her husband, Stephen Hooper, to send for her sister. They try to hold down Margaret Hooper, but no one can hold her down, and she foams at the mouth. Her body shakes "with such force, that the bed and the chamber did shake and move" as well. Her husband continues to pray for her, and within half an hour, her fit is ended, although she claims afterward that a beast follows her around with no head or tail, though all tell her it is her imagination.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Most Fearful and Strange News from Durham being a True Relation of one Margaret Hooper of Edenbyres. London: 1641, 5

1641, November Edenbyres    Durham  Durham  England 
447

Anonymous 26 appears to his sweetheart a month after he was thought dead, and carries her over forty miles to her father's house in two hours.(441)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Suffolk Miracle. London: 1693, 441

1693     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
448

An Alderman of Nottingham, offended that William Sommers has accused his kinswoman Doll Freeman of being a witch, makes a counter-accusation against Sommers and has Sommers imprisoned for witchcraft himself.(Image 6)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 6

1597, November Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
449

Williams Sommers is allegedly visited by the Devil while imprisoned. The Devil threatens to let him hang if he does not permit the Devil to re-possess him and say that he faked everything during his previous possession. Sommers agrees to this new compact, and the Devil possesses him once more.(Image 6)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 6

1597, November Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
450

William Sommers is called before the Commissioners to be examined as part of the proceedings to determine whether his second possession has been faked. The High Sheriff demands in the name of God that Sommers tell the truth, triggering a violent fit. The Commission takes this opportunity to test how real the fit is, and have pins stuck deep into Sommers' hand and leg, but he remains senseless and the wounds do not bleed. When Sommers comes back to his senses, the Commission questions him on what they had done to him during the fit. He claims he recalls being stuck by pins, but little else, and shows the wrong hand when asked where he was pricked, and claims the hole in his other hand had been there before. When asked why he fell during his fit, Sommers replies that he had felt sick to his stomach.(Image 7)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 7

1597, November Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
455

William Hynde gives deposition alleging that he saw William Sommers with swelling on his neck the size of a walnut that moved to his cheekbone and then to his eye, causing the eye and skin to turn black. The swelling trembled when touched.(Image 13)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 13

1598, March 20 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  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)

Appears in:
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)

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

1599 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
466

Sarah Bowers, a fourteen year old girl, described as "of a Temper pretty Brisk and Lively, somewhat given to Pride," starts having fits the day when she feels an invisible hand might hit her on the back while in a yard near her aunt's house. She is struck to the ground, where she lies some time as if dead. These fits continue for weeks.(3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
467

Sarah Bower has a fit during which she cannot speak for days and has visions during which she sees heaven and hell and speaks to something that "appear'd to her in the shape of an Angel with Wings, in a flaming Light, which she calls the Man of God." This Angel (Anonymous 27) councils her not to fall prey to Satan and predicts she will die soon. The Angel also passed on words for Sarah Bower to repeat to the people of England," That if the People of London, and England, did not speedily repent from their Sins, especially that of Pride in Apparrel and turn from the Evil of their Ways, God Almighty would give them up as a Prey to their Enemies." Sarah Bower then concludes that her speech would be taken away again, only to be restored on St. Thomas' Day at Christmas, when she "should declare many more Things." These events are witnessed by her neighbours (Anonymous 100).(4-5)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 4-5

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
468

Sarah Bowers, a fourteen year old girl suffering from fits, declares that "at Two a Clock in the Afternoon, she must go and meet the Black Man that had appeared to her in the Neighbours House afore-mentioned," a man (Anonymous 237) who allegedly offered the girl riches in return for blood from her arm. Sarah Bower's speech then leaves her, and "she began to throttle in her Mouth as formerly," and she takes to reading Chapter 17 of the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible, while making a buzzing noise and pointing to every Verse and Line with her finger, as her neighbours (Anonymous 100) witness.(5 - 6)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 5 - 6

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
483

Margaret Gurr is allegedly visited by a grey devil, who urges her to hang herself "with Clock-Lines that was in the Room," and should she fail to do that, he urges her to "put or thrust Knitting-Needles in my Ears," in order to kill herself.(1)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 1

1681, July 19     Kent  Cantia  England 
484

Margaret Gurr is allegedly visited by two Devils who appear to her on July 19, 1681. One of the devils was "of stout thick squat Stature" dressed in grey; the other was "of little Stature and short," and dressed in black.(1)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 1

1681, July 19     Kent  Cantia  England 
485

Margaret Hooper allegedly acts as though bewitched. She comes home one day in a bad mood, speaking "much ildle talk," and grows increasingly irate when no one, especially her husband, will listen to her.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Most Dreadfull Discourse of a Woman Possessed with the Deuill who in the Likenesse of a Headlesse Beare Fetched her out of her Bedd. London: 1584, 2

1584 Durham    Durham  Dvrham  England 
486

Margaret Hooper has a fit during which she calls out to those around her, emphatically asking if they too could see the devil.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Most Dreadfull Discourse of a Woman Possessed with the Deuill who in the Likenesse of a Headlesse Beare Fetched her out of her Bedd. London: 1584, 5

1584 Durham    Durham  Dvrham  England 
487

A devil in the shape headless and tail-less bear appears to Stephen and Margaret Hooper and 'strokes' them.(5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Most Dreadfull Discourse of a Woman Possessed with the Deuill who in the Likenesse of a Headlesse Beare Fetched her out of her Bedd. London: 1584, 5-6

1584 Durham    Durham  Dvrham  England 
497

Joan Peterson is apprehended by order of a warrant signed by Mr. Waterton at the urging of Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and their confederates, and her house searched by the confederation for images of clay, hair, and nails; the searchers are unable to find any such items. (4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 4

1652, March 7 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
498

Joan Peterson is carried before Mr. Waterton, a Justice of the Peace, by the confederation of Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and Anonymous 139 to have her examination taken; when examined by Waterton, Peterson denies the charges of having used witchcraft to take the life of Lady Powell. Furthermore, she denies ever having heard of Lady Powell prior to being approached by Anne Hook to testify against Anne Levingston.(4-5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 4-5

1652, March 7 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
499

Justice Waterton orders Joan Peterson illegally searched for witch's marks, but nothing supporting the suspicion that she is a witch can be found. Peterson is released on bail, on the condition that she return for the next sessions.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 5

1652 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
500

Joan Peterson is apprehended and tried a second time on the matter of Lady Powel's demise; she is told by the confederation of Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and Anonymous 139 that she need not fear to confess, that they sought not her life but testimony against Anne Levingston, who had inherited Lady Powel's estate. Peterson maintained that she had not known or heard of Lady Powel, and that while she knew Levingstone, had conducted no business with her for over a year.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 5

1652, March 14 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
501

Joan Peterson is illegally searched a second time for witch's marks, this time in a "most unnaturall & Barbarous manner" by a jury of four women brought in specifically for the task. One of these women reports to Justice Waterton that Peterson has one teat more than most women in her secret parts; Justice Waterton uses this finding to have her committed to Newgate Prison.(5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 5-6

1652, March 14 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
502

Joan Peterson is indicted, arraigned before Mr. Recorder and tried before a jury for witchcraft; the confederates (Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and Anonymous 339) produce many poor women of ill repute to give testimony against her. Peterson again denies knowing Lady Powel, and insists she had no part in her death. (6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 6

1652, April 5 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
503

Joan Peterson is executed for bewitching Christopher Wilson on 12 April, 1652. To the end, she refused to confess anything against Anne Levingston. Peterson stated that she had already confessed all she could before the bench and that she had made her peace with God.(9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 9

1652, April 12 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
509

Christian Shaw has fits during which she vomits large quantities of hair.(11-12)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. A True Narrative of the Sufferings and Relief of a Young Girle; Strangely Molested, by Evil Spirits and their Instruments. Edinburgh: 1698, 11-12

1696 Glasgow    Lanarkshire  Lanarkshire  Scotland 
510

Christian Shaw has fits during which strange objects are pulled out of her mouth, including folded straw, a pin, a candle-like "firr," and bones.(12)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. A True Narrative of the Sufferings and Relief of a Young Girle; Strangely Molested, by Evil Spirits and their Instruments. Edinburgh: 1698, 12

1696, November Glasgow    Lanarkshire  Lanarkshire  Scotland 
511

Christian Shaw is found to have dirty hay with dung in her mouth. She also regurgitated feathers and gravel the next day.(12)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. A True Narrative of the Sufferings and Relief of a Young Girle; Strangely Molested, by Evil Spirits and their Instruments. Edinburgh: 1698, 12

1696, November Glasgow    Lanarkshire  Lanarkshire  Scotland 
513

Christian Shaw has a fits during which the Devil appears to her. Her body is then stiff as though dead.(15)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. A True Narrative of the Sufferings and Relief of a Young Girle; Strangely Molested, by Evil Spirits and their Instruments. Edinburgh: 1698, 15

1696 Glasgow    Lanarkshire  Lanarkshire  Scotland 
514

Elizabeth Saunders and Thomas Saunders describe their daughter's feigned possession.()

Appears in:
Anonymous. Examinat[i]o . . . Attorn[atus] gen[er]alis quer[ens] v[e]r[su]s Tho[mas] Saunders et Kathere[n] Malpas senior def[endan]tes. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), Star Chamber (STAC) 8 32/13, fol. 1v.: 1622,

1620, December     Essex  Essex  England 
516

Katheren Malpas suffers from a long brutal possession. She accuses Goodwife White of bewitching her, but retracts the accusation against White when visited by her. Malpas claims later that her bewitchment was feigned.()

Appears in:
Anonymous. Examinat[i]o . . . Attorn[atus] gen[er]alis quer[ens] v[e]r[su]s Tho[mas] Saunders et Kathere[n] Malpas senior def[endan]tes. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), Star Chamber (STAC) 8 32/13, fol. 1v.: 1622,

1620, December     Essex  Essex  England 
517

Christian Shaw has fits during which she has no pain, but has palpitations all over her body and makes strange gestures.(17-18)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. A True Narrative of the Sufferings and Relief of a Young Girle; Strangely Molested, by Evil Spirits and their Instruments. Edinburgh: 1698, 17-18

1697, January Glasgow    Lanarkshire  Lanarkshire  Scotland 
518

Anne Godfrey accuses Anne Heldyn of causing her fits. She is found guilty of slander. She is sentenced to the stocks for two hours and held in the house of correction for eight months.()

Appears in:
Anonymous. Examinat[i]o . . . Attorn[atus] gen[er]alis quer[ens] v[e]r[su]s Tho[mas] Saunders et Kathere[n] Malpas senior def[endan]tes. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), Star Chamber (STAC) 8 32/13, fol. 1v.: 1622,

1620, April 7     Essex  Essex  England 
522

A young maid from Arpington (Anonymous 32) has a fit during which her face is contorted so that it is nearly unrecognizable. This fit is believed to be caused by "envious Spirits within her," (Anonymous 18 and Anonymous 88), which "contracted her Nerves, Joynts and Sinews," so that her face is no longer "of human Shape," although she was generally known as "comely and well favour'd before." It is said that her nearest relatives would not have recognized her. Further, her teeth are set, and her eyes strained. During this fit, Doctor Boreman prays earnestly for the young maid, as witnessed by a number of people (Anonymous 449).(2-3)

Appears in:
Hopper, Mrs. Strange News from Arpington near Bexly in Kent being a True Narrative of a Young Maid who was Possest with Several Devils or Evil Spirits. London: 1679, 2-3

1679, May 5 Arpington    Kent  Kent  England 
524

A young maid from Arpington (Anonymous 32) is allegedly possessed by a spirit (Anonymous 88) that makes her bark twice like a dog. This is witnessed by a number of people (Anonymous 449), including Mrs. Hopper, and Doctor Boreman, the latter who prays over the maid while she is in her fits. (4)

Appears in:
Hopper, Mrs. Strange News from Arpington near Bexly in Kent being a True Narrative of a Young Maid who was Possest with Several Devils or Evil Spirits. London: 1679, 4

1679, May 5 Arpington    Kent  Kent  England 
525

A young maid from Arpington (Anonymous 32) allegedly has two devils inside her (Anonymous 18 and Anonymous 88), and experiences fits. During these fits, Doctor Boreman prays over her. While praying, in front of a number of witnesses (Anonymous 449), including the woman Mrs. Hopper, "a live and seeming substance forc'd its way out of her mouth in the likeness of a large Serpent (Anonymous 18)." This is one of the spirits that possesses the girl. It flies towards Doctor Boreman, "winding itself, in the presence of the whole auditory about his neck." It remains there until some of the witnesses pull it off, "at which it immediately Vanished, and was never seen since."(5)

Appears in:
Hopper, Mrs. Strange News from Arpington near Bexly in Kent being a True Narrative of a Young Maid who was Possest with Several Devils or Evil Spirits. London: 1679, 5

1679 Arpington    Kent  Kent  England 
527

The alleged dispossession of the fourteen year old girl, Mary Glover begins with fasting and prayer as prompted by Mary Glover herself, on Tuesday, December 14, 1602, at her father's house on Thames Street in London. Mary Glover suffers from an affliction she believes is caused by the woman, Elizabeth Jackson. The fasting and prayer begin at eight in the morning, and continue through until seven at night. The preacher Mr. Skelton led the prayers, "which consisteth of a commaundement cast downe, and of a promise, to exalte." These events are witnessed and embellished by Mr. Glover and Mrs. Glover (the parents of the child), John Swan who is a student of divinity, and several other preachers leading to a total of six: Mr. Barber, Mr. Evans, Mr. Lewis Hughes, and Mr. Bridger.(4-5)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 4-5

1605, December 14 London    London, City of  London  England 
528

Mary Glover begins having vehement and terrible fits during the second day of her dispossession, which is "her fitt day, being every second day." These fits differ somewhat from her regular symptoms in many ways. They begin later than usual, at two in the afternoon rather than at noon. Further, these fits are characterized by blindness "accompanied with a pale dead colour of face and eyes closed (yet so, as you might perceiue the whyte of them to be turned up)," and dumbness, but unlike previous fits, "shee never came to haue freedome of speech till the whole fitt was ended." Further symptoms of her fit include "an heaving or swellinge in the bellie, breast, and throat," the "wagging of her chappe," and the "deadnes of the left side, with inflexible sifnes, of legg, arme, hand, and fingers." These symptoms all hit her in no particular sequence and last several hours, so that there was no coherence with previous fits Mary Glover experienced. These changes in her usual fits allowed her to be more communicative while being more terrifying.(16-17)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 16-17

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
529

Alexander Nyndge allegedly has a fit witnessed by his entire family in which his chest and body swell, his eyes bulge and his back curls toward his belly; his brother Edward Nyndge, a Master of Arts, decides this must be the work of an evil spirit. Edward reads from Scripture over Alexander, and charges the Spirit by the death and Passion of Christ to declare itself; the spirit responds by strangely affecting Alexander's face. Once the fit has passed, Alexander reports that the spirit is afraid of Edward.(A3)

Appears in:
Nyndge, Edward. A True and Fearefull Vexation of one Alexander Nyndge being Most Horribly Tormented with the Deuill. London: 1615, A3

1615, January 20 Lyeringswell    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
530

Alexander Nyndge is allegedly afflicted with a wide variety of fits during his possession. The spirit causes him to use strange and idle gestures while laughing or dancing until he is thought to be mad, to refuse meat for extended periods until he begins to waste away, to shake as if with ague, and for a strange flapping noise to be heard from within his body. In the bed, the spirit's influence would cause him to curl up in a heap under the covers, bounce up from the bed, and beat himself against the bedstead or floor; at these times, he would need to be restrained to prevent him from hurting himself. The swelling fits also continued, joined by the appearance of a strange lump moving just under his skin.(A4)

Appears in:
Nyndge, Edward. A True and Fearefull Vexation of one Alexander Nyndge being Most Horribly Tormented with the Deuill. London: 1615, A4

1615 Lyeringswell    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
531

Edward Nyndge begins to have Alexander Nyndge prayed over, and requests their father William Nyndge to gather the neighbors to assist. Alexander would be set in a chair and, while being prayed over, and allegedly have fits in which he would be cast to the ground, or fall. He would draw back his lips, gnash his teeth, wallow and foam, while the spirit caused his body to be monstrously transformed. During these fits, Edward Nyndge and Thomas Wakefield would lay hands on Alexander, set him back in the chair, and together hold him in place while others continued praying.(A4 - A5)

Appears in:
Nyndge, Edward. A True and Fearefull Vexation of one Alexander Nyndge being Most Horribly Tormented with the Deuill. London: 1615, A4 - A5

1615 Lyeringswell    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
532

Mary Glover prays performatively during her dispossession. During this, her first prayer, she is pious, forgives Elizabeth Jackson, the woman believed to be responsible for bewitching her, and implores God to forgive Jackson, too. She begins praying once she obtains the ability to speak during a fit. The preacher, Mr. Evans, continues to pray for her while she prays, some hour and a half. During her prayer, Mary Glover is described as "her face ruddie coloured, and directed vpward, her eye liddes a little opened, her handes both at once, (but not ioyned together) continually lifted vp and presently falling downe at the end of every period or perfect petition," causing many of the women in the company of twenty four people presently around her to cry openly, as Mary Glover does herself. However, at the end of her prayer, Mary Glover is so exhausted, she lapses yet again into a fit.(25-28)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 25-28

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
533

Edward Nyndge allegedly conjures the spirit within Alexander Nyndge, invoking the name of Jesus Christ and charging the spirit to speak with him. The spirit responds by causing a swelling in Alexander's chest and throat, and drawing his belly in toward his spine, but finally speaks after more prayer. Its voice is deep and hollow, and when pressed as to why it is tormenting Alexander, replies "I come for his Soule." It also acknowledges itself as fallen, referring to Christ as he who was its redeemer.(A4)

Appears in:
Nyndge, Edward. A True and Fearefull Vexation of one Alexander Nyndge being Most Horribly Tormented with the Deuill. London: 1615, A4

1615 Lyeringswell    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
534

The spirit possessing Alexander Nyndge allegedly struggles within him, declaring that it will "have his Soule and body too" and torments and disfigures Alexander more terribly than before. Alexander is forced to shriek, and the spirit causes him to fight back with such strength that it takes four or five men to hold him despite being bound to the chair; these exertions do not cause him to pant. He cries copiously, laughs, and shrills with his mouth closed. The spirit also flings him to the ground.(A4)

Appears in:
Nyndge, Edward. A True and Fearefull Vexation of one Alexander Nyndge being Most Horribly Tormented with the Deuill. London: 1615, A4

1615 Lyeringswell    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
535

Mary Glover, a fourteen year old girl from London experiences several fits on the second day of her dispossession. These fits grow worse while she is being prayed for the preachers Mr. Swan, and Mr. Barber. However, she begins to revive when an "ancient" preacher, M. Evans, begins to pray for her, in front of a company of twenty four witnesses, including the student of divinity, John Swan. During her fits, Mary Glover's body twists and distorts, grows stiff as iron as testified by the witness Mr. Badger, and her mouth opens and shuts "very often without uttering any worde, (and theruppon a preacher called it a dumb spirit)," her eyes shut, her belly "greatly swoalne," her breast "bulking up," and her throat swells. However, when she begins to revive, she "began againe to speake," a sign that the fight with the Devil is in her favour. She utters the words, "Once more, once more" with deliberation. This leads into her third prayer of the dispossession.(37-38)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 37-38

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
536

William Nyndge Jr., brother to Edward Nyndge and Alexander Nyndge, allegedly provokes the spirit by declaring that "Wee will keepe him from th[ee] tho[u] foule Spirit, in spite of thy Nose." This causes the spirit to give both William and Edward terrible looks, which Edward responds to by leading the company present, about 40 people, in the Lord's Prayer and others. The spirit, speaking in a voice similar to Alexander's, replies "There bee other good Prayers." Edward denounces its claim, and the spirit roars fearfully, stretching Alexander's neck toward the fire.(A4 - A5)

Appears in:
Nyndge, Edward. A True and Fearefull Vexation of one Alexander Nyndge being Most Horribly Tormented with the Deuill. London: 1615, A4 - A5

1615 Lyeringswell    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
537

Mary Glover experiences her worst fit before dispossession. She appears demonic and monstrous; she spits, rages, looks as though she will devour her witnesses. While the preacher Mr. Evans prays over Mary Glover, asking God "to rebuke this foule malitious Devill," she barks froth at him. At other times, her body contorts and twists, and her voice "at this time was lowd, tearfull and very strange, proceedinge from the throat." Often, she made noises that were inhuman, such as "cheh cheh" or "keck keck," and "she did very often, & vehemently straine to vomitt." During this fit, the preacher, Mr. Bridger, prays on one side of her bed, "mentioninge the seed of the woman that should breake the Serpents head." As Mary Glover's fit progressed, she tossed her head, and turned her body side to side, and many of the company present (Anonymous 437) were "fearfull, as, her hucklebone standing vp in her bellie at the place of her navell." Mr. Glover, her father wept outright at his daughter's torment, however, John Swan reassures him that if Mary Glover's fits were not so violent, "I should not looke for deliuerance." As Mr. Lewis Hughes, another preacher, prays louder and louder, Mary Glover raged all the more, contorting her body and with foam and "her breath enteringe into his throat," while her eyes were shut and her eyebrows raised, making "her to looke the more ghastly." She becomes so strong in her fit, that she manages to lift Mr. Lewes who held her in his arms as well. Several witnesses cry out "Jesus helpe!" The preachers believe the increased violence of her fits are "but a token of Satan's ruine not farr of."(40 - 44)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 40 - 44

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
538

Mary Glover, a fourteen year old girl from London afflicted by fits thought to be caused by the woman, Elizabeth Jackson, is allegedly dispossessed. The preacher Mr. Skelton begins to pray, and having continued awhile, Mary Glover "did fall downe suddenlye into the chaire," where she no longer moved, and with "her head hanging downward," seemed to be dead. This is accentuated by the pale colour of her face, and that her eyes were shut, and her body stiff. The student of divinity, John Swan, believes during this time that he did see "a thing creeping vnder one of her eye liddes, of the bignes of a peason." Suddenly, she is revived from this state, as if "life came into her whole body." Her eyes open, her tongue came into its right place, and her hands raise up; all signs of dispossession. Mary Glover, with "chearfull countenance" cries out at this moment, "he is come, he is come! The comforter is come, O Lord thou hast delivered me!" The company witness to her dispossession (Anonymous 437) rejoices, and Mary Glover proceeds to tell many of them "he is come, he is come!" All believe she is dispossessed.(46-47)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 46-47

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
540

William Wicherely allegedly attempts to conjure a spirit named Ambrose Waterduke. An elderly priest who was present to witness the conjuration fled before the spirit could appear.()

Appears in:
Smith, Thomas. An Examination taken by Sir Thomas Smith of Conjurer, and his Comlice at 1549. Unknown: 1559,

1540 Yarmouth    Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
547

Richard Dugdale is determined to be possessed by the Devil when he visits Mr. Jolly in Pendle Hill. He is seized with violent fits and rages when Mr. Jolly prays and reads the Bible.(1-2)

Appears in:
Jollie, Thomas. The Surey Demoniack, or, An Account of Satans Strange and Dreadful Actings. London: 1697, 1-2

1689, August Pendle Hill    Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
548

Richard Dugdale returns drunk from a party. After being at home for a while, his side starts hurting and he sees an apparition that tells him to eat and take from the table in front of him. The table is suddenly filled with food and precious jewelery.(2)

Appears in:
Jollie, Thomas. The Surey Demoniack, or, An Account of Satans Strange and Dreadful Actings. London: 1697, 2

1688, July     Surrey  Surrey  England 
549

After a night of drinking and dancing, Richard Dugdale begins to utter shocking profanities. He sees the apparition of a man's head and the Devil appears to him. (2-3)

Appears in:
Jollie, Thomas. The Surey Demoniack, or, An Account of Satans Strange and Dreadful Actings. London: 1697, 2-3

1688, August     Surrey  Surrey  England 
553

Anne Styles confesses to Mr. Chandler that she made a contract with the Devil and that he gave her silver. Anne Bodenham had pricked her finger with a pin and had her sign her name in blood.(13)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 13

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
554

Anne Styles falls into a trance crying that she should be thrown into the fire shortly after she tells Mr. Chandler about making a contract with the Devil.(13)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 13

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
558

Numerous physicians, both male (Anonymous 47) and female (Anonymous 48) are called in to help Anonymous 11 in her tormenting fits. Though they try numerous remedies, their efforts have no effect on the girl.(4-6)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 4-6

1652, May Luyck      Luyck  Brussels 
559

A religious man, Anonymous 318, attempts to help Anonymous 11, but his prayers only make her torments worse. As soon as he begins to "exercise his Function," Anonymous 11 thrashes and vomits horse dung, pins, hair, feathers, knots of thread, nails, pieces of broken glass, eggshells and more.(5-6)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 5-6

1652, May Luyck      Luyck  Brussels 
560

Anonymous 11's parents, Anonymous 316 and Anonymous 321, observe along with friends and neighbors that whenever Anonymous 12 comes near the house or looks in its direction, Anonymous 11's torments worsen.(5-6)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 5-6

1652, May Luyck      Luyck  Brussels 
587

Elizabeth Stile is allegedly bewitched by Mother Devell after her confession, which resulted in the arrest of the other witches; Devell's bewitchment robbed her of her senses and the use of her limbs, and caused her toes to rot off her feet. Prior to the confession, Stile had been in notably good health, able to walk the twelve miles from Windsor to Reading Gaol. By the time of her arraignment, the bewitchment had rendered her a "moste vglie creature to beholde."(Image 11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, Image 11

1579 Readyng    Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
590

An unknown force throws rocks through Mr. Freeland's windows. His maidservant is suspected, but the rocks flew inward when she was in the house, and outward when she was in the yard.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Shee-devil of Petticoat-Lane, or, A True and Perfect Relation of a Sad Accident which Befel Mr. Freeland. London: 1666, 4

1666, July 20 London (Petticoat Lane)    London, City of  London  England 
591

Mr. Freeland's stores of beer are tampered with by an unknown force. Corks fly into the air and the cellar overflows, ankle deep, with beer.(4-5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Shee-devil of Petticoat-Lane, or, A True and Perfect Relation of a Sad Accident which Befel Mr. Freeland. London: 1666, 4-5

1666, July 20 London (Petticoat Lane)    London, City of  London  England 
592

A looking-glass flies off of Mr. Freeland's kitchen shelf, seemingly of its own accord, out of the window, and into the yard. Mrs. Freeland retrieves it, puts it on the dresser, with a dish on it to hold it down. The dish trembled and the mirror again took flight.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Shee-devil of Petticoat-Lane, or, A True and Perfect Relation of a Sad Accident which Befel Mr. Freeland. London: 1666, 5

1666, July 20 London (Petticoat Lane)    London, City of  London  England 
593

Dishes and pewter fly and dance in Mr. Freeland's house. Rowland Bennet is struck in the nose by a flying pitcher; Freeland is struck by a breadbox (or a flower pot) and a pewter dish rolls through his legs.(5, 6, 7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Shee-devil of Petticoat-Lane, or, A True and Perfect Relation of a Sad Accident which Befel Mr. Freeland. London: 1666, 5, 6, 7

1666, July 20 London (Petticoat Lane)    London, City of  London  England 
608

Two men (Anonymous 59 and Anonymous 60) working in Mr. Freeland's yard are hit on their backs with pieces of tile and brick. At first the men blame each other for the flying objects, but they then witness stones being thrown by an unknown force in and out of the windows of Mr. Freeland's house.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Shee-devil of Petticoat-Lane, or, A True and Perfect Relation of a Sad Accident which Befel Mr. Freeland. London: 1666, 4

1666, July 20 London (Petticoat Lane)    London, City of  London  England 
609

Mr. Freeland dismisses his maidservant (Anonymous 1) from his household, after which no more strange and unexplainable acts, such as flying objects, occur.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Shee-devil of Petticoat-Lane, or, A True and Perfect Relation of a Sad Accident which Befel Mr. Freeland. London: 1666, 8

1666, July 20 London (Petticoat Lane)    London, City of  London  England 
610

Partner, the familiar spirit possessing Mildred Norrington, confesses that its owner, Old Alice had sent it, and her other familiar Little Devil, to kill Richard Anger, his son, Edward Anger, and Wolston's wife(72)

Appears in:
Scot, Reginald. Scot's Discovery of Witchcraft Proving the Common Opinions of Witches Contracting with Devils, Spirits, or Familiars. London: 1651, 72

1574     Kent  Cantia  England 
622

Christian Shaw is brought to Glasgow to be examined. She starts having fits where her throat falls to her chest, her tongue to the back of her throat, and her body becoming stiff. Her tongue is allegedly "tortured" during prayer.(4)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 4

1696, September Glasgow    Lanarkshire  Lanarkshire  Scotland 
623

Christian Shaw put out of her mouth hot "coal-finders," bones of all sizes, hay and dung, and sticks of "candle-firr" from her mouth.(4)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 4

1696 Glasgow    Lanarkshire  Lanarkshire  Scotland 
626

Christian Shaw reads scripture out loud for two hours at a time. She then screams that no one shall ever take her bible. Sometimes, she falls into violent fits afterward.(7)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 7

1696 Glasgow    Lanarkshire  Lanarkshire  Scotland 
630

Joan Flower, en route to Lincoln Gaol, dies before she can be convicted. She had allegedly called for bread and butter, and her last words were that she "wished it might neuer goe through her if she were guilty of that wherevpon shee was examined." Her body is buried at Ancaster.(D2v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, D2v

1618 Lincoln    Lincolnshire  Lincolnshire  England 
631

Sir Francis Manners, upon hearing that Joan, Margaret and Phillip Flower had been apprehended, hurried to Lincoln Gaol with his brother Sir George Manners. Both participate in the examinations.(D2v-D3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, D2v-D3

1618 Lincoln    Lincolnshire  Lincolnshire  England 
632

Margaret and Phillip Flower are convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Their executions are carried out at Lincoln on March 11, 1618.(D2v-D3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, D2v-D3

1618, March 11 Lincoln    Lincolnshire  Lincolnshire  England 
633

Anne Baker is examined before Sir Francis Manners, Sir George Manners, both Justices of the Peace for the County of Lincoln, and Samuel Fleming, Doctor of Divinity and Justice of the Peace for the County of Leicester.(D3v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, D3v

1618, March 1 Lincoln    Lincolnshire  Lincolnshire  England 
634

Anne Baker alleges during her examination that she has visions of planets, and that she had one such vision in which a blue planet struck Thomas Fairebarne, the eldest son of William Fairebarne, causing him to experience an unspecified affliction. William, thinking she was the cause, beat her and broke her head, after which Thomas mended. When asked who sent the planet, if not her, Baker merely insisted it was not her.(D4-D4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, D4-D4v

1618, March 1 Lincoln    Lincolnshire  Lincolnshire  England 
635

Anne Baker alleges in her examination that she had a vision of a hand appear to her, and heard a voice say from the air "Anne Baker, saue thy selfe, for to morrow thou and thy maister must be slaine." The next day, she and her master were riding a cart, and she saw a flash of fire; the fire went away when she said her prayers. A short time later, a crow came and picked at her clothes, and was also driven off by prayers. The crow went next to her master and beat him to death, but she was able to bring him back with more prayers, though he lay sick for a fortnight. Baker claims that, if she had not had the foreknowledge, she, her master and all the cattle would have been slain.(D4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, D4v

1618, March 1 Lincoln    Lincolnshire  Lincolnshire  England 
639

Anne Baker is accused during her examination of bewitching Anne Stannidge's daughter to death. Baker alleges that Stannidge brought the child to her, and that she took the girl into her skirt, but did her no harm. Stannidge claimed that she had to burn some hair and nail-parings taken from her daughter in order to get Baker to give the child back; Stannidge said that when she did so, "the said Anne Baker came in and set her downe, and for one houres space could speake nothing." Baker said that she came to Stannidge's home in great pain, but knew nothing of burning hair and nail-parings, and had been so sick at the time that she could not recall why she had gone there in the first place.(D4v-E)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, D4v-E

1618, March 1 Lincoln    Lincolnshire  Lincolnshire  England 
640

Anne Baker is accused during her examination of bewitching Elizabeth Hough to death. Baker admits to having been angry with Hough, for Hough "angred her in giuing her almes of her second bread" and felt that Hough "might haue giuen her of her better bread, for she had gone too often on her errands." She neither confirms nor denies any involvement in Hough's demise, however.(E)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E

1618, March 1 Lincoln    Lincolnshire  Lincolnshire  England 
641

Anne Baker alleges during her examination that Joan Gylles had asked her to look at her sick child, for Gylles suspected the child was bewitched. Baker confirmed that the child had been forespoken, but could do nothing for it, and the child died.(E-Ev)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E-Ev

1618, March 1 Lincoln    Lincolnshire  Lincolnshire  England 
642

Anne Baker alleges during her examination that she spoke to a man named Nortley in his home, where he was carrying his child, and asked him "who gaue the said Child that loafe, he told her Anthony Gill, to whom this Examinate said, he might haue had a Child of his owne if hee would haue sought in time for it."(Ev)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, Ev

1618, March 1 Lincoln    Lincolnshire  Lincolnshire  England 
643

Henry Milles accuses Anne Baker of causing him "two or three ill nights" during her examination. She replies "you should haue let me alone then," implying that he had been harassing her in some capacity.(Ev)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, Ev

1618, March 1 Lincoln    Lincolnshire  Lincolnshire  England 
644

Anne Baker alleges during her examination that, three years before, she traveled to Northhamptonshire, and that on her return she met up with Mrs. Peakes and Mrs. Dennis, who informed her that Henry Lord Rosse had died. She claims that they told her "there was a gloue of the said Lord buried in the ground; and as that gloue did rot and wast, so did the liuer of the said Lord rot and wast."(Ev)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, Ev

1618, March 2 Lincoln    Lincolnshire  Lincolnshire  England 
645

Anne Baker alleges during her examination that she has a familiar spirit in the shape of a white dog. She calls it her "good Spirit."(E2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E2

1618, March 3 Lincoln    Lincolnshire  Lincolnshire  England 
646

Joan Willimott is examined on February 28, 1618 by Alexander Amcotts, Justice of the Peace for the County of Leicester.(E2v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E2v

1618, February 28     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
653

Joan Willimot alleges during her examination that Joan Flower told her that "my Lord of Rutland had dealt badly with her and that they had put away her Daughter, and that although she could not haue her will of my Lord himselfe, yet she had spied my Lords Sonne and had stricken him to the heart." Willimott claimed that Henry Lord Rosse's death was due to being "striken with a white Spirit." She added that she could cure people afflicted in this manner.(E2v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E2v

1618, February 28     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
654

Joan Willimott alleges during her examination that, the week before, her spirit came to her and told her that "there was a bad woman at Deeping who had giuen her soule to the Diuell." Her spirit appeared in a form uglier than usual, and urged Willimott to give it something, even just a piece of her girdle, in payment for its services. She told it she would give it nothing, for she had not sent it there - she had only once sent it on an errand, to check on Francis Lord Rosse. Willimott added that the spirit had reported that Francis Lord Rosse would recover.(E2v-E3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E2v-E3

1618, February 28     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
655

Joan Willimott is examined a second time before Alexander Amcots, on March 2, 1618.(E3v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E3v

1618, March 2     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
657

Joan Willimott alleges during her examination that "shee neuer hurt any body, but did helpe diuers that sent for her, which were stricken or fore-spoken." Pretty would assist her in this, by coming to her weekly and reporting who was afflicted so she could go to them and undo it through "certaine prayers which she vsed." Willimott insisted that she did not use Pretty to do anything, only to bring word of people needing to be cured.(E3v-E4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E3v-E4

1618, March 2     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
658

Joan Willimott alleges during her examination that Pretty came to her the night before in the shape of a woman, and mumbled something she could not understand. When asked whether she had dreamed it, she insisted that she was awake at the time.(E3v-E4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E3v-E4

1618, March 1     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
659

Joan Willimott is examined a third time on March 17, 1618, this time before Sir Henry Hastings and Samuel Fleming, Justices of the Peace for the County of Leicester.(E4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E4v

1618, March 17     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
660

Joan Willimott alleges during her examination that she had spoken to Mrs. Cooke of Stathorne about John Patchett, and that she had told Mrs. Cooke that Patchett's child might have lived had he sought help for it in time. She also claimed to have told Mrs. Cooke that Mrs. Patchett had "an euill thing within her, which should make an end of her, and that she knew by her Girdle."(E4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E4v

1618, March 17     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
662

George and Annis Dell cut out Elizabeth James' tongue after tricking her into a false sense of security by kindly mentioning her mother and father (who they murdered). Elizabeth James begins to cry and make noise after her tongue is gone, at which time Annis Dell threatens to kill her if she is not quiet.(6-7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 6-7

1606 Hartford    Huntingdonshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
668

Margaret Simons is accused by John Ferrall, a vicar in Kent, of bewitching his son (Anonymous 74). Allegedly, Simons cursed Ferrall's son (Anonymous 74) after he attacked her dog with a knife. Five days after the incident the boy (Anonymous 74) became very ill, but was able to recover with the help of another witch. (3-4)

Appears in:
Scot, Reginald. Scot's Discovery of Witchcraft Proving the Common Opinions of Witches Contracting with Devils, Spirits, or Familiars. London: 1651, 3-4

1581     Kent  Cantia  England 
670

Jane Stretton, a twenty year old woman from Ware, is unaware of a fight her father, Thomas Stretton, has had with a cunning man (Anonymous 487). She is visited by the cunning man's wife (Anonymous 322), who offers the young woman "a pot of drink." Innocently, Jane Stretton drinks from this, and is soon after "taken with violent rageing fits, which torment her greviously." However, she does not suspect her fits are caused by Anonymous 322 yet.(3-4)

Appears in:
Y., M.. The Hartford-shire Wonder. London: 1669, 3-4

1669 Hartford    Huntingdonshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
672

Jane Stretton has a strange and violent fit shortly after giving her neighbour's wife (Anonymous 322) a pin. Anonymous 322 is the wife of a cunning man (Anonymous 487), who was in an argument with Jane Stretton's father Thomas Stretton. This fit is worse than any she experienced before. Her "body swells like a bladder puft up with wind ready to burst," and her limbs are completely distorted. She goes to her Neighbour's house, where "her head being intoxicated by the violency of her fits, she falls down against the door and beats it open," and lies on the floor. (4)

Appears in:
Y., M.. The Hartford-shire Wonder. London: 1669, 4

1669 Hartford    Huntingdonshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
673

Jane Stretton continues having fits for a space of six months, which "increased violently." She cannot eat and does not pass stool. People from all over come to see her and this "wonder." This great influx of people causes Thomas Stretton to move his daughter to the house of John Wood, a neighbour, in order "to purchase some quietness." However, during this time, friends and relations of Jane Stretton begin to suspect that her illness "proceeded from more then an ordinary cause."(5 - 6)

Appears in:
Y., M.. The Hartford-shire Wonder. London: 1669, 5 - 6

1668 Hartford    Huntingdonshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
674

Jane Stretton continues to suffer from fits that prevent her from eating. Flax and Hair seems to "fall down upon a white sheet that was laid over her bed." Her tongue is found to often "hang or loll out of her Mouth," which upon being seen seems to have flax, hair, and thread points to be placed on it. When these are removed, "two flames in resemblance of fire, the one of a red colour, the other blew," and eleven pins, all crooked and distorted, come out of Jane Stretton's mouth. These events cause even more people to come and visit with Jane Stretton. (6)

Appears in:
Y., M.. The Hartford-shire Wonder. London: 1669, 6

1668 Hartford    Huntingdonshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
675

A Yeoman (Anonymous 76) is swindled by an Alchemist (Anonymous 77) who appears trustworthy. Convinced that the Alchemist can multiply angels, the Yeoman gives the Alchemist all his money to put in a ball of wax for doubling, but the money is turned into lead (likely switched for another ball of wax as the angels were) leaving the Yeoman with no money and the Alchemist gone to London.(252-253)

Appears in:
Scot, Reginald. Scot's Discovery of Witchcraft Proving the Common Opinions of Witches Contracting with Devils, Spirits, or Familiars. London: 1651, 252-253

1651, Printed     Kent  Cantia  England 
677

T. E. confesses in writing to Reginald Scot that he learned the illusion and invention of art and science from an Anglo-Saxon book written by Sir John Malborne, a divine of Oxenford, written three hundred years earlier. T. E. has left the book with the parson of Slangham (Anonymous 78) in Sussex, and should Scot want to look at the book, he may write the parson in T. E's name and request it. T. E. appears to be writing from prison because he has been condemned to die. (337-338)

Appears in:
Scot, Reginald. Scot's Discovery of Witchcraft Proving the Common Opinions of Witches Contracting with Devils, Spirits, or Familiars. London: 1651, 337-338

1582, March 8     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
678

Arthur Robinson, a Justice of Peace, gives deposition alleging that numerous of Elizabeth Sawyer's neighbours came to him and said Sawyer had "a priuate and strange marke on her body." He thus requested that the Bench assemble a Jury of Women to search Sawyer, which the Bench granted.(B3)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, B3

1621, April 14 London (Old Bailey)    London, City of  London  England 
679

A Jury of Women, composed of Margaret Weaver and two matrons, Anonymous 40 and Anonymous 41, is assembled and charged with searching Elizabeth Sawyer for witch's marks. According to their deposition in court after the search, Sawyer "fearing and perceiuing shee should by that search of theirs be then discouered, behaued her selfe most sluttishly and loathsomely towards them, intending thereby to preuent their search of her." They complete their search nevertheless: "they all three said, that they a little aboue the Fundiment of Elizabeth Sawyer the prisoner, there indited before the Bench for a Witch, found a thing like a Teate the bignesse of the little finger, and the length of halfe a finger, which was branched at the top like a teate, and seemed as though one had suckt it, and that the bottome thereof was blew, and the top of it was redde."(B3-B4)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, B3-B4

1621, April London (Old Bailey)    London, City of  London  England 
680

Elizabeth Sawyer gives a full confession after her conviction to Minister Henry Goodcole while imprisoned at Newgate Gaol. Goodcole records their conversation and presents it in full in a question-and-answer dialogue format.(C1)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, C1

1621, April 17 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
681

Anne Arthur is visited by an apparition (Anonymous 25) in the evening as she is walking home from work. He asks her where she was and where she is going to which she replies she had been in London selling her ware. Since she is poor, the apparition offers her silver and gold which she refuses.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Strange and Dreadful News from the Town of Deptford, in the County of Kent. London: 1685, 2

1685, March 3 Deptford    London, Greater  London  England 
682

A young girl (Anonymous 79) who is nursed by Alice Flower accuses her of being a witch.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Strange News from Shadwell being a True and Just Relation of the Death of Alice Fowler. London: 1684, 2

1684 Shadwell (London Borough of Tower Hamlets)    London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
683

Alice Flower falls ill and gets a neighbour (Anonymous 80) to nurse her. When the neighbour returns from running errands, she finds Alice Flower stripped, dead and cold on the floor with her toes tied together with a blanket over her.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Strange News from Shadwell being a True and Just Relation of the Death of Alice Fowler. London: 1684, 3

1684 Shadwell (London Borough of Tower Hamlets)    London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
684

Alice Fowler is found (by her neighbours) to have five teats on her body that are black as coal.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Strange News from Shadwell being a True and Just Relation of the Death of Alice Fowler. London: 1684, 3

1684 Shadwell (London Borough of Tower Hamlets)    London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
685

Elizabeth Sawyer alleges in her confession to Henry Goodcole that the Devil first came to her when she was cursing, swearing and blaspheming. The first words he said to her were "Oh! haue I now found you cursing, swearing, and blaspheming? now you are mine." He bid her not to fear him, and told her he would not harm her but rather do whatever mischief she asked of him. If she asked him to do harm to man or beast, he would vex them to death for her.(C1-C2)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, C1-C2

1621, April 17 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
686

Elizabeth Sawyer alleges in her confession to Henry Goodcole that the Devil would bring her word of the harm he did on her behalf within a week. He would scratch and pinch people and cattle for her, or cause their death. She claims that she "was the cause of those two nurse-childrens death, for the which I was now indited and acquited, by the Iury." However, she denied any involvement in the death of Agnes Radcliffe.(C2-C3)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, C2-C3

1621, April 17 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
687

Elizabeth Sawyer alleges in her confession to Henry Goodcole that she had been acquainted with the Devil for eight years, and that he would come to her three times a week. He would often take the form of a white or black dog. They would talk on his arrival; he would ask after her well-being, what he should do for her, and threaten to tear her to pieces if she did not give him her soul and body.(C3-C4)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, C3-C4

1621, April 17 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
688

Elizabeth Sawyer alleges in her confession to Henry Goodcole that she granted the Devil her soul and body, and to seal the promise, gave him permission to suck blood from her. She told Goodcole that "The place where the Diuell suckt my bloud was a little aboue my fundiment, and that place chosen by himselfe; and in that place by continuall drawing, there is a thing in the forme of a Teate, at which the diuell would sucke mee. And I asked the Diuell why hee would sucke my bloud, and hee sayd it was to nourish him." He would put his head under her petticoat to do so, would suck for a quarter-hour at a time, and it caused her no pain. (C3-C4)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, C3-C4

1621, April 17 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
689

Elizabeth Sawyer alleges in her confession to Henry Goodcole that she named the Devil Tom, and that he would bark at her when he had done the mischief she'd asked of him. When she named him, "he promised to doe for me whatsoeuer I should require of him."(C4)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, C4

1621, April 17 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
690

Elizabeth Sawyer alleges in her confession to Henry Goodcole that, despite what numerous children had claimed, she did not have two white ferrets she fed on white bread and milk, and the white thing that had been seen running through the thatch of her house was an ordinary ferret. She knew of no spirits or devils that took the form of ferrets.(C4)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, C4

1621, April 17 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
691

Elizabeth Sawyer alleges in her confession to Henry Goodcole that, when the Devil found her praying to Jesus Christ, he forbade her to continue. Instead, he told her to pray to him using a Latin prayer he taught her: "Santibicetur nomen tuum. Amen." She said she had never heard those words from anyone else, that she knew no other Latin, and that she did not know the meaning of it.(D1)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, D1

1621, April 17 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
694

Elizabeth Burgiss sees Joan Buts in her Master's house when others cannot, and also witnesses an object flying of its own accord. Afterward she is in great anguish and has clay pulled from her back that has thorns sticking out of it.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. An Account of the Tryal and Examination of Joan Buts, for being a Common Witch and Inchantress. London: 1682, 2

1682, March 27     Surrey  Surrey  England 
695

Doctor Burcot allegedly purchased a familiar from Thomas Hilles, aka Feats "whereby he thought to have wrought miracles, or rather to have gained good store of money."(107)

Appears in:
Scot, Reginald. Scot's Discovery of Witchcraft Proving the Common Opinions of Witches Contracting with Devils, Spirits, or Familiars. London: 1651, 107

1651       Unknown  England 
712

Mother Waterhouse alleges in her confession that, while travelling to Brackstede shortly before her apprehension, Sathan told her to return home. He warned her that she would "haue great trouble, and that shee shoulde be eyther hanged or burned shortly."(13, 17)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 13, 17

1566, July 26 Brack stede    Essex  Essex  England 
780

Mother Sutton and Mary Sutton are executed on March 31, 1612 at Bedford after being found guilty of killing Master Enger's livestock, bewitching his servant (Anonymous 89) and bewitching his son to death.(C3-C3v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, C3-C3v

1612, March 31 Bedford    Bedfordshire  Bedfordshire  England 
821

Dorothy Durent gives deposition alleging that Amy Denny bewitched her infant son William, causing him to be afflicted with strange fits. She says that she had argued with Denny after leaving William in Denny's care with explicit instructions not to give him suck, only to return home and find out that Denny had done so. Denny threatened Durent, and told her "she had as good to have done otherwise than to have found fault with her." That same night, William had his first fit.(5-8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 5-8

1662, March 10 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
822

Dorothy Durent gives deposition that, troubled by her infant son William's fits, she consulted with a Dr. Jacob in Yarmouth, who has a reputation for helping bewitched children. He allegedly advised her to hang William's blanket in in the chimney corner all day, to wrap the child in that blanket when she put him to bed at night, and to not be afraid if she found anything in the blanket, but rather to throw that thing into the fire.(8-9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 8-9

1662, March 10 Yarmouth    Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
823

Dorothy Durent gives deposition stating that she followed Dr. Jacob's advice to hang William's blanket in the chimney corner. She alleges that when she went to wrap William in the blanket that night, a great toad fell out and ran up and down the hearth. She had a youth of her household catch the toad and hold it in the fire with tongs. As soon as the toad was in the fire, it made a "made a great and horrible Noise, and after a space there was a flashing in the Fire like Gun-powder, making a noise like the discharge of a Pistol, and thereupon the Toad was no more seen nor heard." When the Court asked whether there was any residue of the toad left in the fire, Dorothy said that after the flash and noise, not a thing remained of the creature.(8-10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 8-10

1662, March 10 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
824

Dorothy Durent alleges in her deposition that the day after the toad fell out of William's blanket and she had it burnt, Amy Denny's niece (Anonymous 389), a neighbor of Durent's, told her that Denny was "in a most lamentable condition having her face all scorched with fire, and that she was sitting alone in her House, in her smock without any fire." Durent says that she called on Denny herself, and found her exactly as Denny's niece had said - "her Face, her Leggs, and Thighs, which this Deponent saw, seemed very much scorched and burnt with Fire." When asked how she came by the burns, Denny replied that she must thank Durent for her condition, and that Durent would live to see some of her children dead.(10-11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 10-11

1662, March 10 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
825

Dorothy Durent alleges in her deposition that, after her son William recovered from his fits, her ten-year-old daughter Elizabeth became afflicted with similar fits. Dorothy reports that Elizabeth complained she had seen apparitions of Amy Denny during her fits, and that Denny was the cause of her afflictions.(11-12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 11-12

1662, March 10 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
826

Dorothy Durent reports in her deposition that her daughter Elizabeth died following her illness, and claims it came to pass two days after Denny predicted Elizabeth's demise. Durent accuses Denny of having bewitched Elizabeth to death, alleging that Denny "hath been long reputed to be a Witch, and a person of very evil behaviour, whose Kindred and Relations have been many of them accused for Witchcraft, and some of them have been Condemned."(11-13)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 11-13

1662, March 10 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
827

Dorothy Durent alleges in her deposition that she became strangely lame soon after her daughter Elizabeth died. When questioned about it in court, she claimed that she had not needed crutches prior to that time save for when she was pregnant.(13-14)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 13-14

1662, March 10 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
831

Samuel Pacy gives deposition in court alleging that, the previous October, his younger daughter Deborah suddenly became lame, and remained so for seven days. On the seventh day, Amy Denny came to the Pacy home and attempted to buy herrings. She was sent away three times; the third time she left grumbling discontentedly. At the same moment, Pacy claims Deborah was taken with violent fits of extreme pain in her stomach, as if pricked by pins, and shrieked dreadfully. (18-20)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 18-20

1661, October 10 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
832

Samuel Pacy alleges in his deposition that he consulted with a local physician, Dr. Feavor, on the matter of Deborah's fits. He reports that Dr. Feavor observed Deborah in her fits but could not diagnose her affliction. Dr. Feavor corroborates Pacy's report in his own deposition.(20)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 20

1661, October 30 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
833

Samuel Pacy alleges in his deposition that Deborah cried out during her fits that Amy Denny appeared to her as an apparition, and that Denny was responsible for her affliction; Pacy used this to have Denny thrown in the stocks.(20-21)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 20-21

1661, October 28 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
834

Samuel Pacy gives deposition that his older daughter, Elizabeth Pacy, began to have fits two days after Amy Denny was thrown in the stocks. Elizabeth's mouth could not be opened to let her breathe, and Pacy is forced to have one of her teeth broken out so she can get air. Not long after, Deborah Pacy is similarly afflicted, and must also have a tooth tapped out. Both girls claim to have seen apparitions of Amy Denny, accompanied by an unknown woman whose appearance and clothes they describe, during their fits.(22-23)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 22-23

1661, November 2 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
846

Samuel Pacy gives deposition alleging that his daughters Elizabeth and Deborah Pacy have numerous violent fits over a two month period. During these fits, their bodies become so sore they cannot be touched, go lame on one side, or lose sight or hearing. At the end of each fit, they each were said to cough up phlegm intermixed with pins and nails.(23-25)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 23-25

1661, November 2 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
847

Samuel Pacy alleges in his deposition that he would have his daughters Elizabeth and Deborah read from the New Testament in between fits and observed that "they would read till they came to the Name of Lord, or Jesus, or Christ; and then before they could pronounce either of the said Words they would suddenly fall into their fits. But when they came to the Name of Satan, or Devil, they would clap their Fingers upon the Book, crying out, This bites, but makes me speak right well." The girls claim that Amy Denny has told them they must not name the Lord or Jesus, and claim that Denny appeared to them along with Rose Cullender during their fits, threatening them with torments ten times worse if they told what they had seen or heard.(25-26)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 25-26

1661, Fall Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
849

Sarah Bower, a fourteen year old girl, finds her side is numb after her fit. She bends at the waist from the weight of her limbs that hang as though dead, although before these fits she was "very straight and went very well." She is only somewhat recovered when "A Chyrurgeon (Anonymous 99) being sent for [...] blooded her." (3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
851

After six weeks of experiencing fits, Sarah Bower rises in the monring and "out of her wonted Fits, she was taken Speechless," and her tongue is placed at the back of her throat. Richard Dirby, with the permission of Sarah Bower's aunt, tries to move it, but it is fixed.(4)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 4

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
853

Sarah Bower, a fourteen year old girl suffering for a number of extraordinary fits, is approached by a "Gentleman all in Black" (Anonymous 237) who offers her riches in the form of money, suits of head-cloths, and very high top-knots in exchange for blood from her arm, which would make her his. The gentleman takes out a knife "she thought, to cut her Arm," causing her to cry out so her neighbours (Anonymous 100) come, upon which the "Devil immediately Vanished." When Sarah Bower tries to explain what happened, all assume that "some Rogue had attempted to Rob the House," and Sarah Bower remains speechless until the following Thursday, upon which occasion she told her neighbours of the gentleman in black, and how "he had sort of broad Feet like a Cow."(3-4)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3-4

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
854

Margaret Arnold, Samual Pacy's sister, gives deposition stating that she had the care of Elizabeth and Deborah Pacy for a time during their bewitchment. She alleges that she thought they had been faking the vomiting of pins and nails, and had all pins removed from their clothing upon their arrival at her home, but that they had nevertheless vomited pins several times in her presence. She said the girls had claimed to have the pins forced on them by bees and flies.(27-31)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 27-31

1661, November 30 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
855

Margaret Arnold gives deposition alleging that, while her nieces Elizabeth and Deborah Pacy were in her care, they would claim to see mice, and once a duck, catch them and throw them into the fire. Though Arnold could not see the creatures herself, she heard one screech like a rat when it hit the fire, and saw another make a flash like gunpowder.(29, 31-32)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 29, 31-32

1651, Fall Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
856

Edmund Durent gives deposition in court alleging that, after his wife refused to sell Rose Cullender herrings, his daughter Ann Durent became afflicted with pain like the pricking of pins in her stomach, and had swooning fits. In between fits, Ann claimed to have seen Cullender's apparition threaten to torment her. Ann is also said to have vomited pins, which Edward presented in court as evidence. Ann's fits continued until the trial.(33-35)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 33-35

1662, March 10 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
857

Jane Walter is allegedly bewitched "for a long time" by a familiar (Anonymous 236) allegedly belonging to Teecle's wife. Her tongue was found "tied in her Head with a Hempenstring, and run full of Pins, and she had many strange Fits," allegedly as often as 20 times in a day. The toad would creep several times into Jane Walter's lap. Teecle's wife was suspected of being a witch for some time. When the toad was to be burned, "it vanished away, that none knew what became of it."(7)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 7

1693     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
858

Diana Bocking gives deposition alleging that her daughter Jane Bocking has suffered fits since February, in which she has stomach pains like the pricking of pins, swoons, can eat little or no food, and daily vomits crooked pins. Diana claims that she has found more pins and a lath-nail clenched in Jane's fists after Jane is seen to catch at the air with her hands. Jane is also said to talk to unseen persons, complain that Rose Cullender and Amy Denny appeared to her, and be stricken dumb. Diana produced the pins and lath-nail as evidence in court.(35-38)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 35-38

1662, February 1 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
859

John Ballard's daughter from Norfolk is bewitched for two years. She voids stones, pins, glass, a buckle and other things from her mouth, and suffers from "many strange Fits in a day." These were all presented before the Mayor and Alderman of the city of Norwich (Anonymous 101) by the John Ballard himself.(7-8)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 7-8

1693     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
860

Ann Burgess is allegedly bewitched for several years. She suffers up to twenty fits a day and vomits pins, tobacco pipes, nails, quills, and a bent farthing. This witnessed by many, and evidence shown before the mayor of Norwich (Anonymous 101).(8)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 8

1693 Norwich    Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
861

Grace Brown is allegedly bewitched for several years. She vomited many things, including pins. These were shown before the mayor of Norwich (Anonymous 101).(8)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 8

1693 Norwich    Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
862

Mary Chandler alleges in her deposition that the morning after she had searched Rose Cullender, her daughter Susan Chandler saw an apparition of Cullender take her hand. Susan is said to have fallen sick to her stomach shortly thereafter, having fits in which she saw apparitions of Rose Cullender with a large dog, vomited pins and was stricken with blindness or dumbness. (40-42)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 40-42

1662, February 2 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
864

Mary Chandler gives deposition stating that she, along with five other women, were hired to search Rose Cullender after Sir Edmund Bacon, Justice of the Peace for Suffolk, granted a warrant at the request of Samuel Pacy. Mary says that Cullender cooperated with the search, and alleges that once Cullender had been stripped naked she was found to have four teats: A large one about an inch long on her lower belly, and three smaller ones on her privy parts. Mary reports that the larger teat looked recently sucked, had a hole in its tip, and exuded a milky substance when handled. (38-40)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 38-40

1662, March 10 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
866

John Soam gives deposition in court that one day during the harvest, he drove three carts past Rose Cullender's home and one hit her window. He says that Cullender was irate at the damage, and alleges that she threatened him. He claims that the offending cart overturned two or three times that day and stuck in the town gate despite having more than enough clearance, forcing Soam to have a gatepost cut down to free it. Once he managed to get the cart into the yard, he could not get it near the place where he needed to unload his corn. When he and others tried to unload it well away from the place, it proved to be a great and tiring labour. They were forced to stop when people who came to help all developed sudden nosebleeds. The next morning, Soam returned to the cart and was able to unload it without any trouble at all.(51-54)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 51-54

1662, March 10 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
867

Robert Sherringham gives deposition in court that his cart had smashed into Rose Cullender's home, breaking part of the house; he claims that that she threatened him when she saw the damage and told him his horses would suffer for it. Sure enough, all four died a short time later.(54-55)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 54-55

1662, March 12 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
868

Robert Sherringham gives deposition alleging that Rose Cullender is responsible for the death of all his all his piglets, a persistent lameness in his limbs, and for plaguing him with "a great Number of Lice of an extraordinary bigness." He says that he was forced to burn all his clothes to be rid of the lice.(54-55)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 54-55

1662, March 10 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
872

John Darrell, a minister living in Ashbie de la Zouche, is summoned to Nottingham by the Mayor and Aldermen of Nottingham so that he may cure William Sommers of his possession, due to his reputation for restoring persons thusly afflicted.(Image 6)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 6

1597, November 5 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
873

A high Commission is gathered in order to determine whether William Sommers' second possession is counterfeit or not. John Darrell takes the names of threescore persons willing to give depositions on the matter. 17 of the threescore are sworn, examined and their depositions given for the Commission.(Image 7)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 7

1597, November Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
880

Ann Sandeswell gives deposition in court alleging that, seven or eight years ago, she had bought a number of geese from Amy Denny but had not yet brought them home, and that Denny threatened to destroy them if she didn't come pick them up. A few days later, all the geese were dead.(55-56)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 55-56

1655 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
881

Ann Sandeswell gives deposition that shortly after Amy Denny destroys some geese Sandeswell had bought from her, Denny became a tenant of Sandeswell's husband Cornelius. Sandeswell alleges that Denny told Cornelius that the chimney on the house would fall if it wasn't looked after, to which he replied that the chimney was new and payed her no heed. Not long after, the chimney fell as predicted.(55-56)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 55-56

1665 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
882

Ann Sandeswell gives deposition alleging that a quarter-barrel of fish she had ordered from her brother was discovered to have fallen into the ocean when Sandeswell went to collect it. She had requested Amy Denny's company, and Denny rebuffed her. Her brother told her that he had been unable to keep the fish in the boat, that he had never before seen the like, and that no-one else's goods had been lost.(56-57)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 56-57

1655 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
885

A Justice of the Peace who presides over the examination, trial, and condemnation of Anne Ashby, Anne Martyn, Mary Browne, Mildred Wright, Anne Wilson, and Dr. Gresham on Friday 30 July, 1652.(1)

Appears in:
E.G., Gent.. A Prodigious & Tragic History of the Arraignment, Trial, Confession, and Condemnation of Six Witches at Maidston Kent. London: 1652, 1

1652, July 30 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
888

Mary Browne, Anne Wilson, or Mildred Wright (the author is uncertain) is tested with a pin; she neither felt the prick nor did she bleed.(5)

Appears in:
E.G., Gent.. A Prodigious & Tragic History of the Arraignment, Trial, Confession, and Condemnation of Six Witches at Maidston Kent. London: 1652, 5

1652, July 30 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
890

"Some people" claim that burning witches prevents witchcraft from becoming hereditary.(5)

Appears in:
E.G., Gent.. A Prodigious & Tragic History of the Arraignment, Trial, Confession, and Condemnation of Six Witches at Maidston Kent. London: 1652, 5

1652, July 30 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
891

Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds and Mr. and Mrs. Wilson allegedly bewitch a child through image magic by creating a wax representation of the child and burying it under the threshold, causing it to languish for an extended period. (6)

Appears in:
E.G., Gent.. A Prodigious & Tragic History of the Arraignment, Trial, Confession, and Condemnation of Six Witches at Maidston Kent. London: 1652, 6

1652, July Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
892

Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds and Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are tied to the bewitchment of nine children and two adults, (allegedly done through witchcraft).(6)

Appears in:
E.G., Gent.. A Prodigious & Tragic History of the Arraignment, Trial, Confession, and Condemnation of Six Witches at Maidston Kent. London: 1652, 6

1652 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
893

Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds and Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are tied to the loss of cattle, valued at 500 pounds, (allegedly done through witchcraft).(6)

Appears in:
E.G., Gent.. A Prodigious & Tragic History of the Arraignment, Trial, Confession, and Condemnation of Six Witches at Maidston Kent. London: 1652, 6

1652, July Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
894

Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds and Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are tied to the loss of corn at sea (allegedly done through witchcraft).(6)

Appears in:
E.G., Gent.. A Prodigious & Tragic History of the Arraignment, Trial, Confession, and Condemnation of Six Witches at Maidston Kent. London: 1652, 6

1652, July Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
895

Anne Styles comes to ask Anne Bodenham if she has been poisoned. When Anne Styles arrives at Anne Bodenham's house, Anne Bodenham is allegedly already expecting her and knows that it is about poison.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Doctor Lambs Darling. London: 1653, 4

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
896

Anne Bodenham gives Anne Styles powder, dill, and her own nails with instructions on bewitching Anne and Sarah Goddard.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Doctor Lambs Darling. London: 1653, 4

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
897

Anne Styles accuses the Devil, two ragged boy spirits, and Anne Bodenham, of being the source of her torments.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Doctor Lambs Darling. London: 1653, 5

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
898

Thomas Hays gives deposition alleging that he witnessed William Sommers having a violent fit. During this fit, Thomas Hays saw one of Sommers' legs bent crooked, and something run out if it and into the other leg. After, Sommers' belly swelled, and the swelling moved to his throat, tongue and base of his ear, now the size of an egg. Not knowing what to think of this, Hays went to Mr. Arkinson, and then Mr. Ebings and Mr. Aldridge. From conversing with all three, Hays determined that no illness but the Devil could be the cause of Sommers' affliction.(Image 12)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 12

1598, March 20 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
899

Robert Aldridge gives deposition alleging that he saw William Sommers naked with something the size of a mouse running up his right leg, then into his left leg, and then entering his belly. Sommers' belly swelled massively, then the swelling reduced to the size of a fist and moved to his breast, and moved from there to his neck and under his ear, where it remained at the size of a French walnut for a quarter hour. Aldridge heard a strange hollow voice insisting he belong to it, which he called a liar and replied that he was God's. Aldridge also said that Sommers acted strangely the rest of the day, and, when restrained, proved to have the strength of five men. Sommers' bed was also seen to shake and move, and a shape like five kittens moved under the coverlet.(Image 13)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 13

1597, November 3 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
900

Anne Styles is tormented by fits for the space of five days, during which a spirit in the form of a black man appears asking for her soul, but she refuses.(6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Doctor Lambs Darling. London: 1653, 6

1653 Sarum (Salisbury)    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England (Salisbury) 
902

Anne Bodenham is allegedly able to perform spells and charms and throw a man into the air for forty miles.(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Doctor Lambs Darling. London: 1653, 7

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
903

Anne Bodenham is searched for witch's marks. Two are discovered, one her shoulder and one in "her secret place." (28-29)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 28-29

1653 Salisbury    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
904

Anne Styles pays Anne Bodenham twelve pence and a jug of beer to find out who took Master Goddard's spoon. Bodenham then tells her a little boy will bring it back shortly.(4-5)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 4-5

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
905

William Aldred gives deposition on his participation in the exorcism of William Sommers performed by John Darrell. He alleges that he was among the 150 people who witnessed or became directly involved. Aldred says that he was invited to give a prayer, during which Sommers was tormented by fits. John Darrell gave the next prayer, during which Sommers' fits doubled in intensity, and Sommers menaced Darrell and had to be restrained. At the end of the exorcism, Aldred saw Sommers thrown grovelling onto a bed, and lay there as if dead. Darrell praised God and willed the watchers to be thankful, at which time Sommers was seen to thank God for his delivery from possession.(Image 13-14)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 13-14

1598, March 20 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
908

William Sommers, as alleged by Joan Pie in her deposition, was cast out of his chair by an unknown force and thrown towards the fire at noon on All Hallow's Eve. His head hit the iron grate and one hand landed in the fire. He was found to be so heavy that it took three or four people to pull him away from the fire. Afterwards, neither his hair nor his hand was found to be burnt. (Image 14)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 14

1597, October 31 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
909

Elizabeth Device alleges during her examination that "she doth verily thinke, that the said Bulcockes wife doth know of some Witches to bee about Padyham and Burnley."(Q4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Q4v

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
911

Jennet Device points out Jane Bulcock and John Bulcock in court and alleges that they attended the Good Friday feast at Malking Tower. She details where Jane sat and who sat next to her. Device claims that John turned the spit for the feast. She also reports on their conversations.(R)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, R

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
912

William Sommers, as alleged by Joan Pie in her deposition, tried to reach a cloth on a line hung above his bed on All Hallow's Eve; when he could not, he seemed to suddenly grew taller than any man in town and got his chin over the line. His hands plucked at the line, but could not free it from his neck; the onlookers had to step in to save him from hanging. (Image 14)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 14

1597, October 31 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
914

William Sommers, as alleged by Joan Pie in her deposition, had a fit the night before John Darrell arrived in Nottingham, in which he was heard to say that Darrell was coming. Pie claims that no-one, including herself, knew Darrell was on his way, for Darrell had said in his most recent message that he wouldn't be in Nottingham until the next week.(Image 14)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 14

1597, November 4 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
916

William Sommers, as alleged by Joan Pie in her deposition, had many fits the day of John Darrell's arrival, leading up to his appearance in Nottingham. These fits were more extreme than those Sommers had previously experienced. He lay many times with his mouth open, and at one point was heard to say I will use William Sommers' tongue and members for three days," without moving his tongue or lips, but in his ordinary voice. An hour and a half before Darrell came into town, Sommers fell into a senseless fit such that Pie and the other onlookers thought he was surely dead, with his face black and his eyes bulging, and his limbs cold. This lasted a full hour, in which they tried to make him more comfortable and revive him with aquavitae.(Image 14-15)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 14-15

1597, November 5 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
918

Joan Pie gives deposition against William Sommers alleging that she visited Sommers many times to see the events that people said showed him to be possessed, and came away from it all satisfied that he was indeed possessed.(Image 13-15)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 13-15

1598, March 20 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
919

William Sommers, as alleged by Joan Pie in her deposition, was heard to say "I have but a small time now to stay, but I will shortly return" on John Darrell's arrival in Nottingham, and foretold of Darrell's arrival in the house though Darrell came in through the back.(Image 15)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 15

1597, November 5 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
920

William Sommers, as alleged by Joan Pie in her deposition, would often be accompanied by the smell of brimstone during his fits. (Image 15)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 15

1597, October Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
921

William Sommers, as alleged by Joan Pie in her deposition, had a fit the week before John Dorrell came to town. During this fit, he laughed uncontrollably and then was thrown to the foot of the bed, his body folded in two. He was pulled into a heap and rolled into the bed, then cast up from the bed in a ball to a height of a half yard, and the coverlet wound tightly around his body. The bedclothes were so firmly wrapped that it took great effort to free him from them.(Image 13-14)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 13-14

1597, October Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
922

William Sommers, as alleged by Joan Pie in her deposition, named witches after his deposition, including Millicent Horselie of Bridgeford. While Horselie was being examined, Sommers was heard to describe what was happening to her, though he was not present and those with him had no knowledge of the examination.(Image 15)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 15

1597, November Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
925

Temperance Lloyd allegedly causes nine thorn pricks to appear on Grace Thomas' knees by pricking a piece of leather nine times.(13)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 13

1682 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
926

Anne Styles returns several times to Anne Bodenham to find out things for other people. On one occasion, she wishes to know who has stolen Thomas Mason's pieces of gold. She pays Anne Bodenham seven shillings and Anne Bodenham then places a green glass on a book to show her what is going on at the Goddard residence.(5-6)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 5-6

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
927

Anne Styles goes again to see Anne Bodenham because Elizabeth Rosewell wants to know if Anne and Sarah Goodard want to poison her. Upon Anne Style's arrival, Anne Bodenham says that she had been expecting her and knew it was about poison.(6)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 6

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
928

William Sommers, as alleged by Joan Pie in her deposition, suffered a fit on Allhallowtide in which he had to be restrained; it took four or five women to hold him, and they could not keep him lying flat upon the ground. If he hadn't been held, he would have beaten his head and limbs upon the ground until he had caused himself great injury.(Image 14)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 14

1597, November 1 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
929

William Sommers, as alleged by Joan Pie in her deposition, would often have a swelling on his body during his fits, which would move on his feet from toe to toe, up his leg and body to his throat, ears and eyes, where his eyes would swell black.(Image 15)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 15

1597, October Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
930

Richard Newton gives deposition against William Sommers alleging he saw Sommers have a fit, during which he spoke in Latin with his mouth open but without moving his lips or his tongue.(Image 15)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 15

1598, March 20 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
931

Henry Nussie gives deposition against William Sommers in which he claims to have seen Sommers speak words in Latin to John Wigan without moving his mouth or tongue.(Image 15)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 15

1598, March 20 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
932

William Sommers, as alleged by William Langford in his deposition, showed extraordinary strength when resisting restraint, but showed no signs of exertion and his limbs were found to be as cold and senseless as a dead man's; at this time, Sommers also made rhyme of Scripture, singing in a tiny voice unlike the normal singing voice Langford had heard from him many times before.(Image 15)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 15

1598, February 17 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
933

William Sommers, as alleged by William Langford in his deposition, had numerous fits the day of his dispossession, in which he gnashed his mouth, foamed abundantly, spoke in voices like those of a bull, a bear, and a small inhuman voice; at other points he became too heavy for five or six men to carry, and had a swelling move about his body until the time of his dispossession.(Image 15-16)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 15-16

1597, November 7 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
934

Thomas Gray gives deposition against William Sommers alleging he saw Sommers held down on the bed by his head and feet while a round lump moved and panted under the bed covers. Gray lay his hands on the lump and felt it move; when he clasped his hands together, the lump deflated as if pricked and reappeared on the other side of Sommers.(Image 16)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 16

1597, December 3 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
935

John Wood gives deposition against William Sommers alleging that he visited Sommers out of curiosity at the home of his friend Robert Cooper, clerk of St. Maries in Nottingham, where Sommers was being held. Wood witnessed Sommers having a fit, in which it took three or four lusty men to hold him down. Wood tried himself to restrain Sommers' arms, and could not. He noted that the fit lasted at least two full hours. Throughout, Sommers panted without seeming to breathe, and was hot to the touch but did not sweat or become red-faced.(Image 16)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 16

1598, February 17 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
936

John Wood gives deposition against William Sommers alleging that when he heard that Sommers had retracted his claim of possession, he questioned Sommers about whether he remembered Wood visiting him and what Wood had done at that time. Sommers said he did remember, and that Wood had nipped his finger with his thumbnail. Wood called him on the lie, and Sommers revised his story: Wood did not nip his finger, he bent the finger to see if Sommers had any feeling in the hand. Wood called this a lie as well, and Sommers replied that he could not in fact remember what Wood had done.(Image 16-17)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 16-17

1598, February Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
937

John Strelley gives deposition against William Sommers alleging that he visited Sommers out of curiosity and found him to be having a fit in the presence of John Darrell and W. Aldred. During this fit, Sommers displayed such strength that Strelley and three other men together could hardly hold him. The four of them were breathing hard and sweating from the exertion, but Sommers did not.(Image 17)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 17

1598, February 18 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
938

Richard Mee claims he saw William Sommers having a violent fit, during which an unknown voice said that he would have his [Sommers'] right eye and then he would have his left eye." After this Sommers' left eye went black. (Image 17-18)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 17-18

1597, November 6 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
939

Elizabeth Bradwell allegedly created a wax image of John Moulton, thrust a nail in the images head, and buried the image, as a means of slow, languishing, bewitchment(53-54)

Appears in:
Sterne, John. A Confirmation and Discovery of Witchcraft Containing these Severall Particulars. London: 1648, 53-54

1644 Yarmouth    Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
940

Matthew Hopkins looked for the wax image which Elizabeth Bradwell allegedly buried in a graveyard to bewitch John Moulton. The image is never found, but child soon recovered and 'grew lusty again' (53-54)

Appears in:
Sterne, John. A Confirmation and Discovery of Witchcraft Containing these Severall Particulars. London: 1648, 53-54

1644 Yarmouth    Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
941

Elizabeth Bradwell allegedly confessed to John Sterne, that she has made and uses wax images; she remains anonymous in his text.(53-54)

Appears in:
Sterne, John. A Confirmation and Discovery of Witchcraft Containing these Severall Particulars. London: 1648, 53-54

1644 Yarmouth    Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
942

Elizabeth Bradwell allegedly signs her name, in blood, in the devil's book. (46-47)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 46-47

1644 Yarmouth    Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
951

A woman (Anonymous 111) is tried in Gloucester as a witch.(51-52)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 51-52

1649 ? Glocester    Gloucestershire  Glocester  England 
956

Faith Corbet makes the first of many claims that medical intervention will not cure her so long as her tormentors walked free. This is also the first time Doll Bilby is implicated in Corbet's fits, and by implication, identified as a witch.(54)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 54

1660 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
978

Anne Styles is brought to Edward Tucker for examination. (19)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 19

1653 Sarum (Salisbury)    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England (Salisbury) 
979

Anne Bodenham is brought to see Anne Styles who is finally able to sleep in prison, after being tormented by the devil. A group asks Anne Bodenham about Anne Styles and they pray for her. After the meeting, Anne Styles wakes up from sleep and is suddenly cured from her fits. When Anne Stiles walks, "she praised God she felt no paine."(26)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 26

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
982

Anne Styles is apprehended and examined by Edward Tucker on suspicion of having secured poison, allegedly for her Mistress. Anne Bodenham is likewise apprehended.(17)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 17

1653 Sarum (Salisbury)    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England (Salisbury) 
984

Joan Peterson delivers a paper of witnesses to defend her during her trial; this results in the calling of physicians Dr. Bates and Dr. Colledon, and surgeons Mr. Stamford, and Mr. Page to give evidence. They describe Lady Powel's severe and lengthy sickness from "Dropsie, the Scurvey, and the yellow Jaundies," and express wonder that she lived as long as she did. Their testimony vindicates Mrs. Levingston and Joan Peterson on the charge bewitching Lady Powel to death. Lady Powel is said to have been 80 years of age at the time of her death.(6-7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 6-7

1652, April 7 London (Hicks Hall)     London, City of  Middlesex  England 
985

Numerous Justices of the Peace at Hicks Hall and the Old Bailey declare that they are unsatisfied with the proceedings and proof against Jane Peterson; they indicate that there was a design to the whole affair related to a prejudice against Anne Levingston.(11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 11

1652 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
986

The confederation of Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and Anonymous 139, and their agents, repeatedly promise Jane Peterson a reprieve or pardon if she will confess that Anne Levingston had employed her to kill Lady Powel; Peterson refuses to make a false confession, going so far as to punch one member of the confederation in the nose and declare him a rogue.(8-9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 8-9

1652, April 7 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
987

Joan Peterson is found not guilty of bewitching Lady Powel to death, but is found guilty of bewitching Christopher Wilson; she is condemned to die as a witch.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 8

1652, April 7 London (Hicks Hall)     London, City of  Middlesex  England 
991

While Dr. John Lambe is imprisoned, a gentlewoman (Anonymous 117) approaches him repeatedly to ask who her husband would be. When he finally agrees to the request, he allegedly bids her look into his crystal ball, which he sets on the ground. She reports seeing numerous people she know in its depths, and the image finally resolves to a gentleman she does not recognize, dressed all in green. Dr. Lambe tells her to take note of him, and said that though they would meet without him intending to make himself a suitor, he would feel compelled to be by the time they parted company. She describes this encounter and Dr. Lambe's prediction to numerous of her acquaintances, and a few days later the man in green come to her father's house as a client of her father's legal practice. However, the man's horse spooks and kicks him. He is taken into the gentlewoman's home to recover, and the two fall in love while he is under her care. They marry not long thereafter.(7-9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Briefe Description of the Notorious Life of John Lambe. Amsterdam: 1628, 7-9

1627 Worcester Castle    Worcestershire  Worcestershire  England 
992

Dr. John Lambe is visited while imprisoned at Worcester Castle by three gentlemen, who allegedly decide to send for wine. The keeper tells them it is too late in the evening and the Castle gates have been locked for the night. The gentlemen give up the idea, but Lambe asks them what it was they had wanted to drink. He calls for a wine glass, and a pot appeared on the table with the sign of the Globe Tavern on the pot. When the gentlemen left, they stopped at the Globe Tavern and asked if anyone had fetched a bottle of wine from him lately. The inkeeper replied that "a little boy in greene had since eight of the clocke fetched so much for Doctor Lambe."(9-10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Briefe Description of the Notorious Life of John Lambe. Amsterdam: 1628, 9-10

1627 Worcester Castle    Worcestershire  Worcestershire  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)

Appears in:
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 
1079

Dorcas Coleman allegedly suffers from tormenting pains, with a pricking in her arms, stomach, and heart.(1-2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 1-2

1680, August Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
1085

Dorcas Coleman appeals to Thomas Bremincom and Dr. George Beare to remedy her pains. Beare attempts to heal her, but realizes the illness is beyond his skill level; he informs Coleman that she has been bewitched. (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 2

1682, July 26 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
1088

Dorcas Coleman allegedly becomes speechless and stuck to a chair when Susanna Edwards comes into her presence. Coleman then slides out of the chair and is unable to get up until Edwards leaves the room.(5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 5-6

1680 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
1089

Grace Thomas is allegedly bewitched by Temperance Lloyd and becomes immobile as if she had been chained up. Thomas also, at the same time, suffers from a pain in her stomach that causes her belly to swell double in size.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 8

1680, August Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
1090

Temperance Lloyd is searched by a group of women (Anonymous 163) for witchs marks; two are found in her privy parts. The marks are described as inch long teats, which Lloyd confesses have been sucked on by a black man (the devil).(11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 11

1682, July 3 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
1091

Temperance Lloyd confesses that the devil appeared in the shape of a bird outside Grace Thomas' house.(12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 12

1682, July 3 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
1092

Lewis Gaufredy confesses that the devil did appear to him in the shape of a gallant fellow.(12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Life and Death of Lewis Gaufredy. London: 1612, 12

1612, April Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
1093

Lewis Gaufredy confesses making a bargain with the Devil that included giving his soul and all his possessions to the Devil.(10-11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Life and Death of Lewis Gaufredy. London: 1612, 10-11

1612, April Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
1094

Lewis Gaufredy claims that the Devil appeared to him again and gave him the ability to make any woman fall in love with him by simply smelling his breath. (11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Life and Death of Lewis Gaufredy. London: 1612, 11

1612, April Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
1095

Lewis Gaufredy confesses as to how Mistris Madgalen of the Marish gave herself freely to the Devil. Lewis Gaufredy pricks her finger with a needle to draw blood so as to secure the promise.(13)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Life and Death of Lewis Gaufredy. London: 1612, 13

1612, April Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
1096

Lewis Gaufredy confesses that he and Magdelen of the Marish have been marked by the Devil.(14)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Life and Death of Lewis Gaufredy. London: 1612, 14

1612, April Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
1097

Magdalen of the Marish is observed by Dr. Frier Sebastian Michell to be suffering from fits for over five weeks. (19)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Life and Death of Lewis Gaufredy. London: 1612, 19

1612, January Marcielle    Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur (Region)  France 
1110

Temperance Lloyd confesses to seeing something in the form of a grey cat at Grace Thomas' house. Lloyd also meets with the cat. (14)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 14

1682, July 3 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
1113

Temperance Lloyd confesses that the devil appeared to her as a black man, was about the length of her arm in size, had very big eyes, and hopped towards her. After he appeared the devil sucked from teats in Lloyd's privy parts as she was lying on the ground.(15)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 15

1682, July 3 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
1116

Thomas Eastchurch, Elizabeth Eastchurch, Honor Hooper, and Anne Wakely give evidence against Temperance Lloyd. The evidence supports claims that Lloyd practiced witchcraft against the body of Grace Thomas.(17)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 17

1682, July 3 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
1120

Temperance Lloyd is brought to the Bideford parish church and questioned by Mayor Thomas Gist and Rector Michael Ogilby as to how long she has been tempted by the devil.(18)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True and Impartial Relation of the Informations Against Three Witches. London: 1682, 18

1682, July 3 Biddiford    Devon  Devon  England 
1123

Mary Glover is pricked inside her nostril during a fit with a hot pin to see if she is pretending to be possessed. She remains unresponsive to this stimuli.(93, 96)

Appears in:
Sinclair, George. Satan's Invisible World Discovered. Edinburgh: 1685, 93, 96

1603 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
1125

Jennet Preston is reported executed at Yorke for the murder of Master Thomas Lister. This report appears in the list of witches alleged to have attended the feast at Malking Tower.(Rv-R2)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Rv-R2

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1126

Thomas Shovel and Cuthbert Nicholson bring a Scottish man to Newcastle as an expert witch searcher. He claims to be able to identify witches simply by their physical appearance. He strips women and uses the pin to test for witch's mark (as manifest as an insensible spot).(114)

Appears in:
Gardiner, Ralph . England's Grievance Discovered. Unknown: 1796, 114

1649 Newcastle    Borough of Tyne and Wear  Northumberland  England 
1128

Richard Jones hallucinates and sees Jane Brooks on the wall. When he yells this, Gibson who is present (along with Richard Jones's father) stabs the wall. When they later go see Jane Brooks, she is holding her bloody hand and claims to have been scratched by a great pin.(120-121)

Appears in:
Glanvill, Joseph. Saducismus Triumphatus, or, Full and Plain Evidence Concerning Witches and Apparitions in Two Parts. London: 1681, 120-121

1657     Somerset  Somerset  England 
1129

Mother Baker claims to be able to identify the person who bewitched the young maid Stupenny.(146)

Appears in:
Scot, Reginald. Scot's Discovery of Witchcraft Proving the Common Opinions of Witches Contracting with Devils, Spirits, or Familiars. London: 1651, 146

1584     Kent  Cantia  England 
1130

Julian Cox forces a young maid (Anonymous 33) to eat pins.(196)

Appears in:
Glanvill, Joseph. Saducismus Triumphatus, or, Full and Plain Evidence Concerning Witches and Apparitions in Two Parts. London: 1681, 196

1663 Taunton    Somerset  Somersetshire  England 
1131

Mother Baker tells the Stuppeny family that a neighbour created a heart made of wax and pricked it with pins to cause their daughter to fall ill.(146)

Appears in:
Scot, Reginald. Scot's Discovery of Witchcraft Proving the Common Opinions of Witches Contracting with Devils, Spirits, or Familiars. London: 1651, 146

1585     Kent  Cantia  England 
1133

Elizabeth is terrified when she a woman (Anonymous 139) allegedly asks her for a pin. She runs inside screaming and falls ill shortly thereafter, refusing to eat meat from that point on. ()

Appears in:
Unknown, . The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings. British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Foster, Donald W., ed. "The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings." Normalized text, ed. D. Foster (1999), from British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Poughkeepsie, NY: Vassar College, 1999.: 1622,

1622, January 13 Ilseworth    London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
1138

The physicians who were treating Elizabeth Jennings suggested three possible curatives, an emetic, blood letting, or a bath in oil. Although they did induce vomiting, Margaret Russell refused to let them bleed Jennings, citing the accidental death of the Earl of Exeter's Child after receiving this treatment. ()

Appears in:
Unknown, . The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings. British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Foster, Donald W., ed. "The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings." Normalized text, ed. D. Foster (1999), from British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Poughkeepsie, NY: Vassar College, 1999.: 1622,

1622, April 22 London (College of Physicians)    London, City of  London  England 
1139

Margaret Russell (aka The Countess) is examined by Sir William Slingsby on charges of having bewitched Elizabeth Jennings. At the end of the examination, he has her put in Newgate Prison.()

Appears in:
Unknown, . The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings. British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Foster, Donald W., ed. "The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings." Normalized text, ed. D. Foster (1999), from British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Poughkeepsie, NY: Vassar College, 1999.: 1622,

1622, April 25 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
1142

Margaret Russell visits Anne Goodcole's house to request assistance in healing Elizabeth Jennings. ()

Appears in:
Unknown, . The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings. British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Foster, Donald W., ed. "The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings." Normalized text, ed. D. Foster (1999), from British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Poughkeepsie, NY: Vassar College, 1999.: 1622,

1622, April 24 Clerkenwell    London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
1143

Elizabeth Jennings claims, in one of her fits, that "the height of [her] disease is witchcraft," but that the witch's plaguing her can only make her sick, not kill her.()

Appears in:
Unknown, . The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings. British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Foster, Donald W., ed. "The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings." Normalized text, ed. D. Foster (1999), from British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Poughkeepsie, NY: Vassar College, 1999.: 1622,

1622, April 26 London (College of Physicians)    London, City of  London  England 
1144

Margaret Russell is temporarily released from Newgate prison to speak with Anne and Henry Goodcole.()

Appears in:
Unknown, . The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings. British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Foster, Donald W., ed. "The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings." Normalized text, ed. D. Foster (1999), from British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Poughkeepsie, NY: Vassar College, 1999.: 1622,

1622, April 26 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
1145

Elizabeth Jennings is miraculously healed from a dire and deadly fit after she claims that one of her tormentors is imprisoned (Margaret Russell) and one is hanged (?).()

Appears in:
Unknown, . The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings. British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Foster, Donald W., ed. "The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings." Normalized text, ed. D. Foster (1999), from British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Poughkeepsie, NY: Vassar College, 1999.: 1622,

1622, April 26 London (College of Physicians)    London, City of  London  England 
1146

Thomas Darling suffers from sore fits and violent vomiting after being separated from his uncle, Robert Toone, in Winsell Wood; the illnesses manifest after Darling wanders home.(1)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 1

1597, February 27 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1147

Thomas Darling claims, during his violent fits and vomiting, to see a green angel in the window, and a green cat who troubles him.(1)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 1

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1148

Thomas Darlings urine is collected and taken to a physician two times in an attempt to determine what illness he has. The physician first claimed he "saw no signes of anie natural disease in the Child, vnles it were the wormes." Darling's aunt took his urine to the physician again, "who iudged as before, saying further, he doubted that the Childe was be witched."(2)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 2

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1149

Thomas Darling suffers from a violent fit, during which he falls upon his back, raises his legs stiffly up in the air, contorts his belly so it is over his head, and roars loudly. Darling then rises up, walks around on his hands and feet, and says the Lord's name.(2-3)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 2-3

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1150

Thomas Darling claims to have seen green cats during one of his violent fits. Darling would point out an invisible green cat which troubled him.(3)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 3

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1151

Thomas Darling asks his friends (Friends of Thomas Darling), who in turn ask Jesse Bee, to read scriptures in between his fits so that he may hopefully be cured.(3)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 3

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1152

Thomas Darling claims that he came across a little old woman wearing a gray gown, black fringe cape, broad hat, and who had three warts on her face. Darling angered the woman, causing her to curse him to go to hell. Darling believes this was the Witch of Stapen Hill, while others think it was Alice Gooderidge. (4)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 4

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1158

Thomas Darling is tormented by violent fits during the day and fearful dreams during the night. Darling claims that in these dreams he sometimes prays, and other times is tossed up and down on a string by a cat.(5)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 5

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1159

Thomas Darlings grandmother (Mistress Walkden) and aunt (Mistress Saunders) visit him. After hearing his story of the woman in the wood, Darling's grandmother (Mistress Walkden) claims he does not have the falling sickness, but has been bewitched by Alice Gooderidge.(5)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 5

1597, April 8 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1160

Alice Gooderidge is detained and questioned by Mistress Walkden about Thomas Darling about whether or not she has any knowledge of him. Gooderidge does not confess; she denies knowing Darling.(5)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 5

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1161

Thomas Darling scratches Alice Gooderidges face and the back of her hands to draw her blood, in hopes of curing his bewitchment. Gooderidge wipes the blood from the back of her hand on Darling while saying God help thee, to which Darling answers, thy prayer can do me no good.(5-6)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 5-6

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1162

Alice Gooderidge and her mother, Elizabeth Wright, are arrested on suspicion of witchcraft. (7)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 7

1597, April 10 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1163

Master Graysley, in an attempt to cure Thomas Darling of his violent fits, commands the boy to read from the bible. Darling begins to read the first chapter of Johns Gospel, but by verse four, he starts to have "a most cruel fit."(8)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 8

1597, April 14 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1164

Master Graysley brings Elizabeth Wright to Thomas Darling, which causes Darling to go into a violent fit. Graysley asks Wright if she can do anything for Darling and Wright answers that her daughter (Alice Gooderidge) could help. Graysley tells Wright to kneel and pray for Darling. Wright prays in a language no one can understand and is then dismissed. Darling recovers after Wright leaves.(8)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 8

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1165

Alice Gooderidge is scratched by Sir Humphrey in an attempt to cure Thomas Darling of his fits and illness.(9)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 9

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1166

Alice Gooderidges husband (Oliver Gooderidge) and daughter (Daughter Gooderidge) are examined during her trial; they are found to disagree in their tales.(10)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 10

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1167

Thomas Darling speaks with the Devil during one of his violent fits. The Devil tries to persuade Darling to worship him, but Darling says he will worship the Lord God alone. (10)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 10

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1168

Elizabeth Wright, on the rare occasion of being in town, is apprehended, stripped of her clothing to show her witches mark, and cursed for being born. Wright is also questioned about who brought her to Burton, to which she allegedly replies, the devil.(13)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 13

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1169

A stranger (Anonymous 142) visits Thomas Darling and greatly upsets him by questioning his belief in God, and by proposing that witches do not exist. Darling falls into another set of fits in the strangers presence; it is possible that the stranger is the Devil himself.(15-16)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 15-16

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1170

Master Eccarshall, the Pastor of Burton, encourages Thomas Darling to not answer the Devil when he speaks to him, because the devil is a liar and is possibly making Darling ill.(16)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 16

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1171

Jesse Bee reads from the bible and encourages Thomas Darling to fight the Devil. Although Darling has fits throughout the reading, Bee is able to finish the entire first chapter of the Gospel of John, a feat that had not been previously accomplished.(16-17)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 16-17

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1172

Widow Worthington, the good witch of Hoppers, claims that Thomas Darling has been bewitched, and that she cannot help him.(18)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 18

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1173

Alice Gooderidge is apprehended and brought to Robert Toone's home, where a Cunning man pressures her to confess to bewitching Thomas Darling. Unsuccessful at cajoling or coercion, the Cunning man puts a new pair of shoes on Gooderidge and places her near the fire so that the shoes will constrict and cause her pain, forcing her to confess.(24-25)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 24-25

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1174

Alice Gooderidge is tried for supposedly bewitching Thomas Darling. Jerome Horabin, Edward Weightman, and Mistress Caldwall are among those who come to hear Gooderidge's confession.(25)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 25

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1175

Alice Gooderidge confesses that the Devil appeared to her in the likeness of a little red and white coloured dog, which she calls Minny. Gooderidge allegedly sends Minny to seek revenge on a boy who called her a witch.(26)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 26

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1176

Alice Gooderidge claims her familiar looks like William Gregories dog, an assertion which creates the rumor that Gregories dog actually is Gooderidges familiar. However, Gooderidge claims she received her familiar from her mother (Elizabeth Wright).(27)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 27

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1181

Thomas Shevel and Cuthbert Nicholson examine thirty women alleged to be witches. The women are brought to the town hall in Newcastle. Shevel and Nicholson thrust pins into various parts of their bodies and found nearly twenty-seven of the thirty women guilty of witchcraft.(114)

Appears in:
Gardiner, Ralph . England's Grievance Discovered. Unknown: 1796, 114

1610 Newcastle    Borough of Tyne and Wear  Northumberland  England 
1182

Thomas Shovel and Cuthbert Nicholson examine a woman (Anonymous 143) to determine whether or not she is a witch. Upon first looking at her, they disagree whether she even needs to be tried. They try her by making her stand naked to the waist, pricking her thighs with pins. She does not bleed and so is determined to be a witch and child of the devil.(115-116)

Appears in:
Gardiner, Ralph . England's Grievance Discovered. Unknown: 1796, 115-116

1610 Newcastle    Borough of Tyne and Wear  Northumberland  England 
1183

Alice Gooderidge confesses to Robert Toone and a Cunning man that she is sorry for confusing Thomas Darling with another boy who broke her eggs.(24-25)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 24-25

1597 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
1190

Lieutenant Colonel Hobson contests the former ruling that Anonymous 143 is a witch. Anonymous 143 is tried again. She is pricked again and blood gushes out. The former ruling is thus overturned.(115)

Appears in:
Gardiner, Ralph . England's Grievance Discovered. Unknown: 1796, 115

1610 Newcastle    Borough of Tyne and Wear  Northumberland  England 
1196

Bartholomew Hobson, the reputed witch-finder, is imprisoned and executed. He is allegedly responsible for the execution of approximately 220 men and women across Scotland and England.(116)

Appears in:
Gardiner, Ralph . England's Grievance Discovered. Unknown: 1796, 116

1610       Unknown  England 
1201

The witchcraft trials begin at Lancaster Assizes on Tuesday, August 17, 1612. Lord Bromley, Justice of Assize for Lancaster, begins the trials with a "generall Proclamation, that all Iustices of Peace that had taken any Recognisaunces, or Examinations of Prisoners, should make Returne of them: And all such as were bound to prosecute Indictmentes, and giue Euidence against Witches, should proceede, and giue attendance: For hee now intended to proceed to the Arraignement and Tryall of VVitches."(C4v-D)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, C4v-D

1612, August 17 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1202

Anne Whittle stands trial indicted of witchcraft and of bewitching Robert Nutter to death. She pleads not guilty, and Lord Bromley commands the jury to enter the court. Robert Nowell is then called upon to read the evidence against her.(D2v-D3)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, D2v-D3

1612, August 17 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  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 
1214

The Judges who will be presiding over the trials of the twenty people suspected of being witches arrive at Lancaster from Kendall. Thomas Cowell presents them with the full list of prisoners imprisoned in the castle of Lancaster as of August 16th, 1612. The trials are scheduled to begin the following day. Cowell's report shows that Elizabeth Southerns, alias Demdike, has died in prison.(C3v-C4)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, C3v-C4

1612, August 16 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1232

Grace Sowerbutts alleges in her deposition that this last April, on her way home from Pelham, Jennet Bierley appeared to her in the shape of a dog with two legs and tried to convince her to drown herself. She was rescued by a spirit in a white sheet, which carried her away. Its present made Bierley vanish.(K4v-L)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, K4v-L

1612, April 4 Preston    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1244

Alison Device is found guilty of witchcraft, and convicted on the strength of her own confession. Justice of the Assizes Sir Edward Bromley sentences her to execution by hanging. (S3)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, S3

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1245

John Bulcock and Jane Bulcock are found not guilty of felony by witchcraft.(S3)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, S3

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1246

Alison Device is arraigned and tried for bewitching John Law so that his body wasted and consumed. When brought into the court, she is said to have "humbly asked forgiuenesse for her offence."(R2v-R3)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, R2v-R3

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1254

Abraham Law gives deposition on March 30 before Justice of the Peace Roger Nowell, alleging that two Saturdays before, he had received a letter from his father John Law saying that John was speechless and had been lamed on his left side. Abraham went to his father, finding him recovered somewhat in his speech and complaining of a sensation of being pricked since Alison Device had tried to buy pins from him but could not pay; John claimed that he had given her the pins nevertheless. Abraham reported hearing his father say that Device was responsible for his hurt and lameness through witchcraft, and lay upon him to trouble him along with an old woman John did not know.(S-Sv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, S-Sv

1612, March 30 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1255

Alison Device is questioned in court as to whether she can help John Law to his former health. She replies that cannot; her grandmother Elizabeth Southerns would have been able to had she lived. John Law is seen in court to have "his head is drawne awrie, his Eyes and face deformed, His speech not well to bee vnderstood; his Thighes and Legges starcke lame: his Armes lame especially the left side, his handes lame and turned out of their course, his Bodie able to indure no trauell."(Sv-S2)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Sv-S2

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1257

John Webster accuses Dr. Casaubon of being a sworn witchmonger.(8)

Appears in:
Webster, John. The Displaying of Supposed Witchcraft. London: 1677, 8

1677       Unknown  England 
1258

John Webster claims denying a witch can transform into an animal, that she does not make a visible covenant with the Devil and allow him to suck on her body, or that she does not have carnal relations with the Devil, does not in itself deny the existence of witches.(10-11)

Appears in:
Webster, John. The Displaying of Supposed Witchcraft. London: 1677, 10-11

1677       Unknown  England 
1259

John Webster claims that some witchcraft accusers counterfeit symptoms of witchcraft, including strange fits, diseases, and vomiting, in order to seek revenge on others, by accusing said people of causing these misfortunes. (iii-iv)

Appears in:
Webster, John. The Displaying of Supposed Witchcraft. London: 1677, iii-iv

1677       Unknown  England 
1267

Margaret Muschamp, eleven years old, allegedly falls into a trance around five o'clock in the afternoon. Her mother Mary Moore calls for help and they are able to recover her from this state. Margaret tries to reassure a distraught Mary, telling her "deare Mother, weepe not for me; for I have seene a happy Sight, and heard a blessed sound; for the Lord hath loved my poore soule, that he hath caused his blessed Trumpet to sound in my eares, and hath sent two blessed Angels to receive my sinfull soule."(1)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 1

1645, July Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1268

Margaret Muschamp allegedly continues having visions throughout the night while the minister Mr. Huot prays with and for her. She finally falls to sleep, and awakens claiming to be without memory of anything she had said or done.(1-2)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 1-2

1645, July Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1270

Margaret Muschamp is at home on the afternoon of Candlemas Eve while Mary Moore and most of the household are at church and is allegedly "suddainely striken with a great deale of torment, called for a little beere, but ere they could come with it, the use of her tongue was gone, with all her limbs, pressing to vomit, and such torments, that no eyes could looke on her without compassion." When Moore returns, she is unable to ease Muschamp's suffering.(2-3)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 2-3

1646, February 1 Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1271

Margaret Muschamp recovers from her first fit, a trance of religious rapture in which she claimed to talk to angels, and allegedly enjoys good health for the next seven months. She will not suffer her next fit until Candlemas.(1-2)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 1-2

1645, July Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1273

Mary Moore sends for physicians from Berwick the morning of Candlemas, who come along Lady Selby, Widow Fenwich and other friends to witness Mary Muschamp's fits. Muschamp, after suffering torments until late the previous night, awakens early to find she still lacks the use of her limbs, tongue and stomach. She signs to the onlookers that her senses are intact, but her jaws are closed to both speech and nourishment. The doctors are unable to assist, and Muschamp insists through gestures that "God had layd it on her, and God would take it off her."(2-3)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 2-3

1646, February 2 Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1274

Margaret Muschamp begs Mr. Balsom, Mr. Strother and Mr. Huet to pray for her while Mary Moore "to her great expences neglected no lawfull meanes that could be used" to help her daughter. Muschamp nevertheless has another tormenting fit around noon, lasting an hour.(3)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 3

1646, February 2 Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1275

Margaret Muschamp allegedly suffers from tormenting fits for the 16 weeks between Candlemas and Whitson (Pentecost) Eve. During this time, she sleeps soundly at night, but her torments begin anew upon waking. At first, the fits last three or four hours, but over time this increases to eight hours a day. The fits are described as "every houre a severall torment, such strong cruell ones that cannot be exprest, as many with weping eyes beheld it." Ministers pray over the girl, but expect only her death to end her suffering. Sir William Selby, Lady Selby, Countess Lendrik, Lady Haggarston and others all observe at various times.(3)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 3

1646, February 2 Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1276

Margaret Muschamp, during the 16 weeks between Candlemas and Whitson (Pentecost) Eve, is often seen to smile and sign that she feels no pain as soon as her tormenting fits have ended for the day. She habitually sits quietly for the remainder of the day.(3)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 3

1646, February 2 Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1277

Margaret Muschamp allegedly fasts during the 16 weeks between Candlemas and Whitson (Pentecost) Eve. After her fits have ended each day, "she onely we wet her lips with a little milke and water; for nothing she would let come within her jawes." Muschamp claims, through signing, that "God fed her with Angels food" and she is not seen to lose any weight for the duration.(3)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 3

1646, February 2 Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1278

Margaret Muschamp allegedly has a fit of bitter torment lasting eight hours on the morning of Whitson (Pentecost) Eve. In the afternoon, her mother Mary Moore leaves to go abroad for a time, entrusting Muschamp to the care of Muschamp's cousin, Elizabeth Muschamp.(3-4)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 3-4

1646, February 3 Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1279

Margaret Muschamp, in the care of her cousin Elizabeth Muschamp on the afternoon of Whiston Eve, signs for Elizabeth to carry her into the garden. Elizabeth does so, and sits with Margaret on her knee. Margaret allegedly sits there limply for 15 minutes, then suddenly jumps up and runs three times around the garden while making a shrill, wordless yell. She climbs the stairs back into the house by herself and runs into Elizabeth's arms. This miraculous recovery is witnessed by Captain Falset, Mrs. Falset and their daughter, who send for Mary Moore to return from Berwick, three miles away. Margaret runs to meet her mother, calling "Mother, Mother welcome home."(3-4)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 3-4

1646, May 19 Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1305

Edmund Robinson Jr. is imprisonned for reasons of which he is allegedly initially unaware. He learns that the reason is a petition from Mr. Duxbury acting on behalf of Mr. Dickenson who wanted Robinson imprisoned for having falsely accused his wife.(153)

Appears in:
Bruce (Editor), John. Calendar of State Papers Domestic Series: Charles I, 1634-5. Unknown: 1864, 153

1634 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
1316

Mary Sykes allegedly bewitched Henry Cordially's horse. Cordially explains that a few days after he saw Mary Sykes sitting on one of his cows in the middle of the night, one of his horses died.(30)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 30

1650, March Bierley    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1317

Mary Sykes is searched for witch's marks by Isabella Pollard and five other women, a search ordered by Henry Tempest. The searchers find a red lump on her right buttock (which issued liquid) and a mark on her left arm that could be stretched out half an inch.(30)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 30

1650, March Bierley    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1318

Margaret Morton is accused by Joan Booth of bewitching her son (Anonymous 157). Morton allegedly came to Booth's house "and gave her sonn (about fower yeares old) and then in good health [...] a peece of bread." After Morton gave the child this bread, he became sick "and his body swelled very much," with his skin wasting away daily till he could not stand anymore. To counteract the bewitchment, Booth sent to have Morton brought to her house again, at which time Morton "asked the child for forgiveness three times." At this time Booth also drew Morton's blood "with a pin," and immediately after "the child was amended."(38)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 38

1650, January 1 Kirkethropp    Yorkshire  Yokshire  England 
1320

Margaret Morton is searched for witch's marks by Frances Ward. Ward "found upon her two black spotts between her thigh and her body." One of the marks is described as being "like a wart, but it was none. And the other was black on both sides, an inch break, and blew in the middest."(38)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 38

1650, January 1 Kirkethropp    Yorkshire  Yokshire  England 
1321

Margaret Morton is suspected by many of practicing witchcraft, in part because her mother (Anonymous 158) and sister (Anonymous 159) were previously suspected of practicing witchcraft. (38)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 38

1650, January 1 Kirkethropp    Yorkshire  Yokshire  England 
1322

Hester France is accused by Hester Spivey (during her testimony in front of Henry Tempest) of cursing and bewitching her servant, Elizabeth Johnson, so that she should never cook again. Spivey explained to authorities that France "had beene at her howse" and mended the fire with the firepot, left the house,"but came in againe and cursed the sayde Elizabeth, and prayed to God that she sho[u]ld never bake againe."(51)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 51

1651, January 23 Hothersfeilde    North Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1323

Elizabeth Johnson is unable to speak or stand from the hours of six until eight or nine in the evening (speaking only once in that time to her brother) after interacting with suspected witch, Hester France. (51)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 51

1651, January 23 Hothersfeilde    North Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1324

Hester France is called to Elizabeth Johnson, who is ill. Elizabeth Johnson claims that Hester France had spoken to her, thus causing her illness. Elizabeth Johnson then scratches Hester France in an act of counter magic, after which she feels somewhat better, yet still ill. (51-52)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 51-52

1651, January 23 Hothersfeilde    North Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1325

Robert Cliff accused Hester France of having bewitched him because he, as testified by John Johnson, had been ill for a long time. When Hester France came to see Robert Cliff, he scratcht her very sore, and sayed, I thinke thou art the woman that hath done me this wrong, as an act of counter magic. Hester France told Robert Cliff that she never did hurt in her life.(52)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 52

1652, January 23 Hothersfeilde    North Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1328

Margaret Morton is tried for witchcraft before Sir John Saville, Kt. Alex. Johnson, Henry Tempest, John Stanhope, and John Hewley. Morton is accused of bewitching Joan Booth's four year old son (Anonymous 157), by having given the boy a piece of bread, and with having witch's marks, as attested by witch searcher Frances Ward.(38)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 38

1650, March Wakefield    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1330

Elizabeth Lambe allegedly appears next to John Johnson's bed at night, along with an old man in brown clothes (Anonymous 160). Johnson claims he is unable to speak to her because he is so frightened, and that after the visit "his goods fell sick, and the farrier could not tell what disease they were ill of."(58)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 58

1652, March 17 Reednes    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1332

Elizabeth Lambe is beaten by John Johnson and some "of his neighbours" for allegedly causing John Johnson to become mysteriously ill, after allegedly visiting him with "an old man in browne clothes" (Anonymous 160) in the night. After this act of counter magic, Johnson claims he "was never afterwards dis-quited by her" again.(58)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 58

1652, March 17 Reednes    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1334

Thomas Rennerd asserts that his wife, suspecting Elizabeth Lambe of being responsible for their child's illness, asks Elizabeth Lambe forgiveness by going to her door and falling down on her knees. Soon after asking Elizabeth Lambe for forgivness, the Rennerd child recovers.(58)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 58

1652, March 17 Reednes    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1335

Nicholas Baldwin is allegedly bewitched with illness. His illness comes after he cudgels Elizabeth Lambe, whom he suspects of using magic to kill three of his four fowls. Baldwain notes that he beats Lambe all the more savagely when she begs for mercy.(58)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 58

1648 Reednes    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1336

Elizabeth Lambe allegedly draws blood from John Wright's heart, making him ill. Wright believes drawing Lambe's blood will save him, but asserts if he should die shortly after scratching her, she would be to blame. John Wright scratches Elizabeth Lambe, and dies shortly after, as witnessed by Richard Brown. (58)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 58

1652, March 17 Reednes    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1344

Elizabeth Roberts vanished before John Greendifes eyes and reappeared transformed into a cat which clawed onto his leg and would not be released. After disentangling himself from the fiend (which then disappears), Greendliefe is plagued by a pain in his heart. (67)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 67

1654, October Beverley    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1345

John Greendife claims that a cat appeared to him, struck him in the head, and sent him into a trance. After receiving the blow, he allegedly saw Elizabeth Roberts escape from his room, wearing her regular attire.(67)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 67

1654, October Beverley    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1346

Elizabeth Roberts allegedly appears to John Greendife in the shape of a bee. Greendife's body writhes in such torment that he must be held down by about five or six people.(67)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 67

1654, October Beverley    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1353

Richard Jackson testifies that shortly after throwing stones at Jennet and George Benton for trespassing on his property, his wife, his son, and he himself, started suffering from various fits. His wife lost her hearing; his child started having fits in the night; Jackson started having pains throughout his body.(74)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 74

1656, June 7 Wakefield    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1354

Richard Jackson claims he heard strange noises like music, groans, and the ringing of small bells when his fits commenced, noises his wife also hears and which cause dogs to howl.(74-75)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 74-75

1656, June 7 Wakefield    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1355

Richard Jackson claims that strange things have been happening around his barn. The pigs have broken through the doors, apparitions that look like cats and/or dogs have been seen around the house, and boxes as well as trunks have started disappearing.(75)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 75

1656, June 7 Wakefield    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1356

George and Jennet Benton are accused by Richard Jackson of causing the death of eighteen of his horses by witchcraft. (75)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 75

1656, June 7 Wakefield    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1359

Ann Duffield and Mary Wilson accuse Mary Wade of bewitching fourteen-year old Elizabeth Mallory. During one of her fits, Mallory yells out in fear "she comes, she comes," referring to Wade.(75)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 75

1656, July 12 Studley Royal Park    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1360

Elizabeth Mallory allegedly vomits foreign bodies including pins, wool, and feathers. When she is told what she vomited, she claims to have seen these objects in her hands earlier.(76)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 76

1656, July 12 Studley Royal Park    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1361

Elizabeth Mallory claims that if Mary Wade will tell her she did her wrong, she (Mallory) would be better. When Wade asks forgiveness for doing her wrong, Mallory is suddenly able to stand. Mallory asserts that she would never be well until Wade admits to have "done her wrong" or until Wade is punished by a jury.(76)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 76

1656, July 12 Studley Royal Park    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1362

Elizabeth Mallory suffers from fits for twelve weeks. She allegedly loses the use of her limbs and is unable to rise from her bed. Sometimes the fits target parts of her body such as her arms and legs. (75 - 76)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 75 - 76

1656, July 12 Studley Royal Park    Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
1371

A jury of five women, including Melier Damer, Alice Cleverly, and Grace Stockes, claim at trial to have discovered witch's marks on Anne Bodenham's shoulder and in "her secret place." They reexamine one of the marks again at Bodenham's trial, where they confess it did not look newly sucked. (28-29)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 28-29

1653 Salisbury    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
1375

Anthony Smith, a surgeon from Kingston Devon, does surgery on Elizabeth Brooker, finding under her skin, despite its invisibility, a pin which was magically inserted into her muscle.(66, 67, 68, 69)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 66, 67, 68, 69

1681 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1378

Anthony Smith, a surgeon from Kingston, designed a Suppurative Cataplasm (a plaster designed to draw out infection) to Elizabeth Brooker's mysteriously aching leg. Brooker was dissatisfied with the treatment.(66, 67, 68, 69)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 66, 67, 68, 69

1681 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1380

Anne Bodenham allegedly sent Anne Styles to a local Apothecary (along with one of the eight shilling Styles Mistress Rosewell has given as payment) to buy some white arsenic, which she promised to burn to prevent the poisoning. Mistress Roswell and Thomas Mason laughed at Styles when she returned eight shillings poorer, with only a promise to suggest potential counter-magic.(5-6)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 5-6

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
1381

A man (Anonymous 182), long troubled with Ague (a fever), allegedly saw an Apothecary who "delivered unto him six very small rouls of paper, rouled up very close, and bid him eat them." The man ate three of the paper rolls, and unrolled three of them; he read upon them "Do well, or, All is well." Assuming "there could be no Magick in this," he ate the rest, and developed terrible stomach pain, but was soon cured.(98-99)

Appears in:
Casaubon, Meric. A Treatise Proving Spirits, Witches, and Supernatural Operations. London: 1672, 98-99

1672 Canterbury    Kent  Kent  England 
1390

Mary Sutton and Mother Sutton are apprehended, imprisoned at Bedford Gaol and finally tried on March 30, 1612. They are found guilty of bewitchment and murder on the strength of their confessions and of the confession given by Henry Sutton.(C3-C3v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, C3-C3v

1612, March 30 Bedford    Bedfordshire  Bedfordshire  England 
1398

Anne Bodenham is questioned by Edmund Bower about who she knows to be a witch. Bodenham states that she only knows one, a man named Withers, who lived by Rumsey in Hampshire, and who could do the most tricks of any one she knew. (34-35)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 34-35

1653 Sarum (Salisbury)    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England (Salisbury) 
1400

Elizabeth Clarke confesses to sending a spirit in the shape of a red dog to kill Mr. Long (by throwing him off his horse to break his neck). The spirit, however, did not perform the task. When asked by the Inquiry the reason for this, Goodwife Clarke explains, because the power of God was above the power of the Devil.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Arraignment of Thirty Witches at Chensford in Essex. London: 1645, 5

1645, July 25 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
1401

Mr. Withers, who lives in Romesy Hampshire, is identified by Anne Bodenham of being in possession of the Devil's Red Book (by signing one's name in this book a woman becomes a witch).(26)

Appears in:
Bower, Edmond. Doctor Lamb Revived, or, Witchcraft Condemned in Anne Bodenham. London: 1653, 26

1653 Rumsey    Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
1402

Mr. Long describes an encounter he had with an alleged witch (Anonymous 197), where the witch called upon God as her witness to judge her, and as soon as she spoke she was struck to the ground on her back. The witch was evidently in a most lamentable condition, trembling and crying for two days after this occurred. (5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Arraignment of Thirty Witches at Chensford in Essex. London: 1645, 5-6

1645, July 25 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
1406

Anonymous 197, after being in a most lamentable condition, trembling and crying for two days, confesses to Mr. Long that she has a malefic compact with the devil, stating that he usually appears to her in the form of a squirrel. (5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Arraignment of Thirty Witches at Chensford in Essex. London: 1645, 5-6

1645, July 25 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
1417

The Merideth Children of Bristol suffer from a series of terrifying fits and torments. They would cry, creep, fling about, hang on the walls, fall down, contort their bodies, rest at night, and repeat their fits the next day.(167-169)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 167-169

1632, between January and May ?     Bristol  Bristol  England 
1418

One of the Merideth Daughters (Merideth daughter) prophesies her imminent death, her blissful afterlife, and the happy and "also several things which should speedily befal her Father, and Family; but nothing of it ever came to pass."(167-169)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 167-169

1632, between January and May ?     Bristol  Bristol  England 
1419

One of the Merideth Children of Bristol (Merideth daughter 2) vomits pins (a classic sign of possession). (167-169)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 167-169

1632, between January and May ?     Bristol  Bristol  England 
1420

The Merideth Children of Bristol are treated "by the advice of the Ablest Doctors in the City." They recover in May (of 1632?) approximately five months after their torments began in January, and "they did not appear the least weakened by them."(167-169)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 167-169

1632, May ?     Bristol  Bristol  England 
1421

The morning after an altercation where Mary Smith threatens Cecily Bayle, Bayle awakes to discover a great cat on her chest and Mary Smith in her room. Immediately "after [she] fell sicke, languished, and grew exceeding leane." Her suffering continued for six months and was only finally relieved when she quit her job and moved. (55-57)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 55-57

1616     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1422

Mary Smith, angry with Edmund Newton for his success in the trade of Holland cheese, was threatening her business. She allegedly appeared to Newton in the dead of the night, and "whisked about his face (as he lay in bed) a wet cloath of very loathsome sauour," as a means of threatening him or contaminating him (with illness/ malefic magic, or both).(57- 60)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 57- 60

1616     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1423

Edmund Newton sees the vision of "one cloathed in russet with a little bush beard," who promised to heal the sore on his leg. Perceiving that this being came from Mary Smith and seeing that he "had clouen feet," Newton refused to be healed by the man, and it disappeared instantaneously. (57-60)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 57-60

1616     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1424

Allegedly tormented by a familiar Toad and familiar Crabs sent by Mary Smith, Newton had one of his servants put the toad "into the fire, where it made a groaning noyse for one quarter of an houre before it was consume." Elsewhere, Mary Smith allegedly endured simultaneous "torturing paines, testifying the felt griefe by her out-cryes." (57- 60)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 57- 60

1616     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1425

Edmund Newton suffers from a "madnesse or phrensie," the "ioynts and parts of his body were benummed, besides other pains and greifes." By the time of publication, Newton is "not yet freed, but continueth in great weakenesse, disabled to performe any labour, whereby hee may get sufficient and competent maintenance." (57- 60)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 57- 60

1616     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1426

Edmund Newton, on the counsel of others, attempts to scratch Mary Smith as a a means of undoing her witchcraft. He finds, however, that he could not hurt her; his nails turned "like feathers" at the attempt.(57-60)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 57-60

1616     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1427

Henry Smith stops Elizabeth Hancocke as she travels home and, seeming in jest, accuses her of stealing his wife Mary Smith's hen. Smith herself arrives and repeats the accusation adding, that she "wished that the bones thereof might sticke in her throat, when she should eate the same." Hancocke, seeing the hen she was accused of stealing roosting in the thatch of the shop door, in "some passion and angry manner," wished "the pox to light vpon" Mary Smith. (50-51)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 50-51

1616     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1428

Elizabeth Hancocke begins to suffer from a strange, debilitating illness within four hours of cursing at Mary Smith. Although she could still eat, she felt "pinched at the heart, and felt a sodaine weaknesse in all the parts of her body," a sensation which lasted for three weeks. In the moments she felt well enough to stand, Smith would taunt and curse her again, asking "the poxe light vpon you, can you yet come to the doore?"(51-52)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 51-52

1616     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1429

Elizabeth Hancocke, at the sight of Mary Smith, falls into a fit. Throughout the rest of the day and night she suffered extreme pains across her whole body, tore at her hair, became distraught and bereaved of her senses, and was mysteriously tossed about and lifted off bed, all the while she thought Mary Smith stood in the room glowering at her.(52)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 52

1616     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1430

Edward Drake, Elizabeth Hancocke's father, visits a local wizard or cunningman, who diagnoses Elizabeth's illness as bewitchment and names Mary Smith as the culprit by showing Drake a black glass where he sees her image. He then instructs Drake on how to make a witch-cake, (by mixing Hancocke's urine with flour, baking the loaf, and covering it with an ointment and a powder). The cake was to be split, applied to her heart and back, and a paper (with a spell on it?) was also meant to be laid on her. (52-54)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 52-54

1616     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1431

Elizabeth Hancocke recovers after six weeks of torments after her father administers a counter-magic remedy prescribed by a local wise-man.(53-54)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 53-54

1616     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1432

A Great Cat (a pet cum familiar of Mary Smith's) appears at Hancocke's home. Despite being stabbed with a sword, beaten over the head with a staff, and thrown in a sack, the cat does not die. It is finally stashed under the stairs, where it disappears of its own accord. (54)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 54

1616     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1433

After he hit her son (allegedly with cause) Mary Smith cursed John Orkton and "wished in a most earnest and bitter manner, that his fingers might rotte off." He lost his appetite, grew weak, and fell ill with a mysterious disease which lasted approximately eight months. His fingers and toes grew gangerous and were amputated.(48-50)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 48-50

1616     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1434

John Orkton visits a surgeon (Anonymous 201) in Yarmouth hoping to find a cure for the purification of his flesh. Although the surgeon was believed to have considerable skill, no remedy he applied lasted more than a day. The surgeon's remedies were not taking care of Orkton's ailment. At the time of publication, Orkton was still "rotting."(48-50)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 48-50

1616 Yarmouth    Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1435

Henry Smith allegedly curses Thomas Younges, after he tries to call in an old debt owed to his new wife. Three days later Younges "fell sicke, and was tortured with exceeding and massacring griefes."(58-59)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 58-59

1616 Yarmouth    Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1436

Thomas Young visits a number of "sundry learned and experienced Physitians in Norwich." Despite following their advice, he does not recover from his (supernatural) suffering. (58-59)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 58-59

1616 Norwich    Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1437

Mary Smith is executed as a witch on January 12, 1616 (?), having confessed "her confederacy with the Diuell, cursing, banning, and enuy towards her neighbours, and hurts done to them, expressing euery one by name," including John Orkton, Cecily Bayles, Elizabeth Hancocke, and Edmund Newton. ()

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616,

1616, January 12     Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1444

Mary Poole is tried at the Old-Bailey on December 13, 1699 for allegedly having stolen seven pounds and ten shillings from Richard Walburton last January and a piece of silver from another gentleman (Anonymous 204) some time ago. Many others (Anonymous 205) also claim that she stole money from them.(1-2)

Appears in:
Unknown, . The Proceedings of the Old Bailey: Mary Poole, Theft > grand larceny, 13th December 1699. . London: 1699, 1-2

1699, December 13 London (Old Bailey)    London, City of  London  England 
1445

Mary Poole is accused of being a witch. A gentleman claims that about seven years ago, he crossed paths with Mary Poole on Sutors-Hill, between Graves-end and Rochester. After an exchange of words, he gives her a cut with his whip and rides away, but within forty yards, his horse fell and she overtook him. Believing his horse had been bewitched, he concludes Mary Poole must be a witch.(2)

Appears in:
Unknown, . The Proceedings of the Old Bailey: Mary Poole, Theft > grand larceny, 13th December 1699. . London: 1699, 2

1692     Kent  Cantia  England 
1446

Mary Poole is found guilty of theft (but not of witchcraft) on 13 December, 1699. She is sent to be branded. She is burned on the hand.(2)

Appears in:
Unknown, . The Proceedings of the Old Bailey: Mary Poole, Theft > grand larceny, 13th December 1699. . London: 1699, 2

1699, December 13 London (Old Bailey)    London, City of  London  England 
1449

Agnes Sampson is executed as a witch by hanging and burning at Castle Hill, Edinburgh in January 1592. She was accused and found guilty of having a malefic compact with the devil, and for contributing to the storms that disrupted James Is 1590 sea voyage from Oslo to Scotland. James I himself examined Sampson after her arrest, with Sampson being tortured until she confessed to the crimes for which she was accused. (6-7)

Appears in:
Carmichael, James. News from Scotland, Declaring the Damnable Life and Death of Doctor Fian a Notable Sorcerer. London: 1592, 6-7

1592, January Edinburgh    Midlothian  Edinburghshire  Scotland 
1450

Agnes Tompson is executed as a witch by hanging and burning at Castle Hill, Edinburgh in January 1592. She was accused and found guilty of having a malefic compact with the devil, having sexual relations with the devil, keeping a cat familiar, and for contributing to the storms that disrupted James Is 1590 sea voyage from Oslo to Scotland. James I himself examined Tompson after her arrest.(6-11)

Appears in:
Carmichael, James. News from Scotland, Declaring the Damnable Life and Death of Doctor Fian a Notable Sorcerer. London: 1592, 6-11

1592, January Edinburgh    Midlothian  Edinburghshire  Scotland 
1457

George Muschamp Jr., Margaret Muschamp's eldest brother, is allegedly stricken by illness in the night to such a degree "it was thought he would not live." He is slightly improved the next morning, but cannot eat or use his legs and requires assistance to dress. He must be lifted into a chair, and sits there throughout the day. He begins to consume away, unable to tolerate anything but a little milk, water or sour milk, but maintains good spirits.(4-5)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 4-5

1646, December 25 Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1458

Grace Matthew goes to Guildhall seeking help for her husband (Anonymous 209) who has been ill for three years and whom she believes has been bewitched. Dr. Browne offers her "phisicall directions" but they did not help her. He refers her to a former servant of his (Anonymous 210).(149-150)

Appears in:
Woollcombe, William Cotton, Henry . Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Relative to the History of the City of Exeter. Unknown: 1877, 149-150

1652, November 13 Exeter (Guildhall, High Street)    Devon  Devon  England 
1460

Joan Baker, allegedly feeling that her "spells were being interfered with," shows up immediately at Grace Matthew's door just as she was applying remedy to her husband.(150)

Appears in:
Woollcombe, William Cotton, Henry . Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Relative to the History of the City of Exeter. Unknown: 1877, 150

1652, November Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1461

Joan Baker allegedly sneaks into Anonymous 209's house to find out that the remedy offered by the Broadclyst woman (Anonymous 210) worked, and he was healed. (151)

Appears in:
Woollcombe, William Cotton, Henry . Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Relative to the History of the City of Exeter. Unknown: 1877, 151

1652, November Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1462

Joan Baker, seeing that her first victim (Anonymous 209) is healed, bewitches a servant-maid who is present. The maid becomes ill for three quarters of a year, often yelling that she is bewitched, and then dies. (151)

Appears in:
Woollcombe, William Cotton, Henry . Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Relative to the History of the City of Exeter. Unknown: 1877, 151

1652, November Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1463

Joan Baker is committed to the goal for being found by her relative Peter Baker to be sitting next to a fire in her house with a toad on her lap and two others at her feet. (150)

Appears in:
Woollcombe, William Cotton, Henry . Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Relative to the History of the City of Exeter. Unknown: 1877, 150

1652 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1464

Diana Crosse, a suspected witch, stands trial at the City Assizes. She is accused by Mr. Ezekiel Trible of burning down his house, rendering him unable to smoke his pipe properly, and making one of his employees (Anonymous 213) sick by "cast[ing] her evil eye."(150-151)

Appears in:
Woollcombe, William Cotton, Henry . Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Relative to the History of the City of Exeter. Unknown: 1877, 150-151

1654, August 12 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1465

Mrs. Dicker testifies that shortly after she refused to help Diana Crosse, her child (Anonymous 214) becomes quite ill. She suddenly discovers the presence of a toad and a number of small worms in her house.(151)

Appears in:
Woollcombe, William Cotton, Henry . Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Relative to the History of the City of Exeter. Unknown: 1877, 151

1654, August 12 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1466

A woman (Anonymous 215) claims that because she refused to give Diana Crosse some milk, two of her children (Anonymous 216 and Anonymous 217) fell sick.(151)

Appears in:
Woollcombe, William Cotton, Henry . Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Relative to the History of the City of Exeter. Unknown: 1877, 151

1654, August 14 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1467

The witness (Anonymous 215), in her testimony about Diana Crosse, claims that her husband (Anonymous 218) fell ill about two years ago and that she consulted Dr. Browne who recommended that she give him some hot broth.(151)

Appears in:
Woollcombe, William Cotton, Henry . Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Relative to the History of the City of Exeter. Unknown: 1877, 151

1654, August 14 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1468

The witness (Anonymous 215) claims that she came home on certain occasions and the chimney was ablaze with either little or no fire in the hearth. She was not surprised, however, because she had heard that Diana Crosse had surreptitiously entered her room.(151)

Appears in:
Woollcombe, William Cotton, Henry . Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Relative to the History of the City of Exeter. Unknown: 1877, 151

1652, August 14 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1469

Mary Moore calls for doctors from Newcastle, Durham and Edenborough to examine her eldest son, George Muschamp Jr., who began wasting away and lost the use of his legs at Christmas. They are allegedly unable to determine the cause of George Jr.'s illness, but agree that "by the course of nature he could not live a month to an end."(4-5)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 4-5

1647, January Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1470

Margaret Muschamp's fits allegedly resume once more two or three weeks after her brother, George Jr., begins wasting away. This continues for three or four weeks, during which she cries out against something she calls the Rogue, and is seen shielding herself with her hands and bedclothes as if someone is striking her. She claims this Rogue is fighting her, sometimes in the shape of a dragon, bear, horse or cow, and sometimes with a club, staff, sword or dagger. She also claims that her Good Things, or angels, are fighting in her defense.(5)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 5

1647, January Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1471

The next witness (Anonymous 220) testifies that he refused Diana Crosse when she came to him asking him to bring a petition to the mayor on her behalf. Shortly thereafter, his wife (Anonymous 221) became ill and his son (Anonymous 222) broke his arm and the brew Anonymous 220 had made would "not run at the 'penn'."(151)

Appears in:
Woollcombe, William Cotton, Henry . Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Relative to the History of the City of Exeter. Unknown: 1877, 151

1652, August Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1472

Diana Crosse is allegedly pricked twelve times by a needle by Mary Cleake because Crosse had come near her sister, Joan Poole, who was allegedly ill. Crosse does not bleed.(151)

Appears in:
Woollcombe, William Cotton, Henry . Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Relative to the History of the City of Exeter. Unknown: 1877, 151

1654, August Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1473

Mrs. Southcott testifies against Diana Crosse. She claims that her daughter went to Crosse's school but since she (Southcott) was displeased, she removed her daughter and put her in Goodwife Woodman's school. Shortly after, her daughter became ill. She was ill for five years and then died. Mrs. Southcott's husband died five weeks later and Goodwife Woodman died seven weeks after.(152)

Appears in:
Woollcombe, William Cotton, Henry . Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Relative to the History of the City of Exeter. Unknown: 1877, 152

1643 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1474

Joan Willimott is examined by Alexander Amcots, and claims that her master, William Berry, willed her to open her mouth so that he could blow a fairy into it, which Berry said would do her good. Willimott did as she was told, after which a being came out of her mouth in the form of a woman (Pretty) who asked for Willimotts soul.(13)

Appears in:
Flower, Margaret. Witchcrafts, strange and wonderfull: discovering the damnable practices of seven witches. London: 1635, 13

1618, March 17     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1476

A woman (Anonymous 224), living in the house of Francis Jordan, allegedly suffers from a variety of ailments that are thought to be the product of witchcraft or bewitchment. Anonymous 224's flesh was often torn up together as if it had been done with Hooks, her Body swelled like a Bladder, puf[fed] up with wind ready to burst; [and] her Limbs distorted in several unnatural figures. She was also allegedly thrown to the floor with great violence and was sometimes unable to eat or drink, save for water and chalk.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Strange and Wonderful News from Goswell-street: or, a Victory over the Devil. London: 1678, 4

1678 London (Goswell Street)    London, City of  London  England 
1477

Anonymous 224 is visited by several physicians (Anonymous 319) who attempt to cure her aliments. It is determined that Anonymous 224 cannot be afflicted by Melancholy, Hysterial Passions, "or Fits of the Mother." However, the physicians prescribe various chemicals "both Cathartick and Emetick," and administer them in increasingly high doses, but to no avail. After determining that they cannot cure her, the physicians conclude that Anonymous 224 has been bewitched.(4-5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Strange and Wonderful News from Goswell-street: or, a Victory over the Devil. London: 1678, 4-5

1678 London (Goswell Street)    London, City of  London  England 
1478

Johan Furnace is accused of bewitching "one Greene, who gets taken with fits in his head and distempers in his body." Greene is able to talk in Johan Furnace's presence, but gets distracted as soon as she leaves.(153)

Appears in:
Woollcombe, William Cotton, Henry . Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Relative to the History of the City of Exeter. Unknown: 1877, 153

1658, January 4 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1479

Johan Furnace allegedly bewitches Greene's child who had been "creemed," and Greene believes it would happen again with furnace was not fed "scutes," or small pieces of silver.(152)

Appears in:
Woollcombe, William Cotton, Henry . Gleanings from the Municipal and Cathedral Records Relative to the History of the City of Exeter. Unknown: 1877, 152

1658, Jaunary 4 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1484

Sarah Griffith, long suspected of being a witch, enters the shop of Mr. John ---, and encounters "a good jolly fellow for his Apprentice." This apprentice laughs and "cryed out he thought that they were be witch'd", and the old woman, feeling ridiculed leaves and threatens revenge. (1)

Appears in:
Greenwel, Thomas. A Full and True Account of the Discovery, Apprehending and taking of a notorious witch,. London: 1704, 1

1704 London (Well-Close)    London, City of  London  England 
1485

Mr. John ---'s apprentice happens upon Mother Griffith, and together with two or three young men, tossed her in the river to discover if she was a witch. "So this Witch was no sooner in but Swam like a Corke" and at last they let her out. (1)

Appears in:
Greenwel, Thomas. A Full and True Account of the Discovery, Apprehending and taking of a notorious witch,. London: 1704, 1

1704 London (Well-Close)    London, City of  London  England 
1486

Following the death of his apprentice due to strange ailments, Mr. John --- goes to the constable to charge Mother Griffith. She made many attempts to escape, "she tried to leap over the Wall and had done it had not the Constable knocked her down." (1)

Appears in:
Greenwel, Thomas. A Full and True Account of the Discovery, Apprehending and taking of a notorious witch,. London: 1704, 1

1704 London (Well-Close)    London, City of  London  England 
1487

Margaret Wellam is suspected of being a witch and feeding evil spirits. Andrew Cansfield of London testifies against her.(265)

Appears in:
Le Hardy, William. County of Middlesex. Calendar to the sessions records: new series, volume 3: 1615-16. Middlesex: 1937, 265

1616, August 1 Ilseworth    London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
1495

Agnes Berry of Enfield allegedly bewitches Grace Hasley of Enfield. Hasley becomes "lame, and languished from 25 August until 3 September then next following and wasted away in her whole body."()

Appears in:
Le Hardy, William. County of Middlesex. Calendar to the sessions records: new series, volume 3: 1615-16. Middlesex: 1937,

1615 Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
1496

Agnes Berry of Enfield is sentenced to be hanged for allegedly bewitching Grace Hasley.()

Appears in:
Le Hardy, William. County of Middlesex. Calendar to the sessions records: new series, volume 3: 1615-16. Middlesex: 1937,

1653 Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
1497

Mary Prowting allegedly bewitches Anne Waldron. Anne Waldron becomes ill.(477)

Appears in:
Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, . Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, Reign of Charles: 1633-1634. Vol 6. Unknown: 1635, 477

1635, November 13       Unknown  England 
1498

Mary Prowting is indicted for allegedly bewitching Anne Waldron. (477)

Appears in:
Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, . Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, Reign of Charles: 1633-1634. Vol 6. Unknown: 1635, 477

1635, November 13       Unknown  England 
1499

Anne Waldron allegedly fakes her convulsions and fasting. She confesses to the deception.(477)

Appears in:
Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, . Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, Reign of Charles: 1633-1634. Vol 6. Unknown: 1635, 477

1635, November 13       Unknown  England 
1500

Emma Branch allegedly bewitched the infant Edward Wheeler, Anne Howell, and Joan Aldridge. Wheeler eventually dies while the other two languish but live.()

Appears in:
Le Hardy, William. County of Middlesex. Calendar to the sessions records: new series, volume 3: 1615-16. Middlesex: 1937,

1616, June 5 Tottenham    London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
1501

Emma Branch, suspected witch, is committed to the goal for allegedly bewitching Edward Wheeler, Anne Howell, and Joan Aldridge. The charges are brought against her by Mary Aldridge, Katherine Barbor, and Alice Smythe. She is released due to lack of evidence.()

Appears in:
Le Hardy, William. County of Middlesex. Calendar to the sessions records: new series, volume 3: 1615-16. Middlesex: 1937,

1616, June 5 Tottenham    London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
1507

George Sinclair, author of "Satans invisible world discovered, claims that witches often prescribe a charm namely to cut the Rouan-Tree between the two Beltan days. If any Man or Woman, Horse, or Cow shall have a piece thereof upon them, no Devils or Fairy shall have power, to medle with them.(126-127)

Appears in:
Sinclair, George. Satan's Invisible World Discovered. Edinburgh: 1685, 126-127

1685 Edinburgh    Midlothian  Edinburghshire  Scotland 
1508

Margaret Muschamp, after fighting off the Rogue during her fits, allegedly writes with her hand on her breast while her eyes are fixed on her angels. When given a pen and paper, she will write "Jo Hu. Do. Swo. have beene the death of one deare friend, consume another, and torment mee" while shrinking back as if anticipating a blow. She falls into a convulsive fit if someone takes the paper from her, lasting until she can burn it or chew it into illegibility.(5)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 5

1647, January Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1509

Mary Moore speaks to her niece, Elizabeth Muschamp, about Margaret Muschamp's writing. They both agree that "Jo Hu. Do. Swo. have beene the death of one deare friend, consume another, and torment mee" can only mean that Dorothy Swinow is responsible for Margaret's torments and George Muschamp Jr.'s consumption. Elizabeth claims that Swinow came to visit Margaret once when Moore was away, and spoke harshly of Moore to the child.(8)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 8

1647, February Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1510

Mary Moore travels to Newcastle on business, accompanied by her trusted servant William Hall. Hall, noting her sadness, asks if she will confide confide in him the cause. Moore does so, revealing her suspicions about Dorothy Swinow being the cause of Margaret Muschamp's and George Muschamp Jr.'s afflictions. Moore allegedly takes care that "no living soule being by." She concludes her business and returns home to Spital. (6)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 6

1647, February Newcastle    Borough of Tyne and Wear  Northumberland  England 
1511

Margaret Muschamp, at home while Mary Moore journeyed to Newcastle, allegedly runs "up and downe with a staffe in her hand, saying she would kill the Rogue." She claims to have apprehended her good things while they are in the form of a dove and a partridge. She sings "Judgo and revenge my cause O Lord: Next, How long wilt thou forget me Lord; shall I never be remembred? And concluded, Behold and have regard, ye servants of the Lord," and on completion of her song emerges from her fit, claiming not to remember anything she had said or done while in it. She also claims that she did not know any of the psalms she recited prior to her fit. This is witnessed by numerous neighbors and relatives.(6)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 6

1647, February Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1512

A poor and base woman and suspected witch (Anonymous 229) is sent to prison in Wisbech for allegedly being "the first mover of the mutiny" according to a complaint made to the Earl of Bedford. The woman (Anonymous 229) and the other accused (Anonymous 230) are said to be so miserably poor and base that they cannot appear before Lords.(150)

Appears in:
Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, . Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, Reign of Charles 1: 1637. H. M. Stationery Office: 1868, 150

1637, May 25 Wisbech    Cambridgeshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
1513

Anonymous 229 allegedly puts a curse on messengers (Anonymous 231) who passed by her house in a boat.()

Appears in:
Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, . Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, Reign of Charles 1: 1637. H. M. Stationery Office: 1868,

1637, May Wisbech    Cambridgeshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
1514

A waterman (Anonymous 232) is "stricken with such a lamentable crick in his back that he was constrained to get help" soon after the messengers (Anonymous 231) are allegedly cursed by Anonymous 229.(150)

Appears in:
Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, . Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, Reign of Charles 1: 1637. H. M. Stationery Office: 1868, 150

1637, May 25 Wisbech    Cambridgeshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
1515

George Sinclair, author of Satans invisible world discovered, claims that Charms and Spells have been first taught to men and Women in confederacy with the Devil, many of which are received by Tradition, and used by Witches. (216)

Appears in:
Sinclair, George. Satan's Invisible World Discovered. Edinburgh: 1685, 216

1685 Edinburgh    Midlothian  Edinburghshire  Scotland 
1516

George Sinclair, author of Satans invisible world discovered, claims that witches will sometimes utter this unintelligible charm learned from the devil in order to cure universal gout: Etter sheen etter sock, Et ta leur etta pachk Wipper si caan easemitter in shi, fo leish in shi corne, orn sheip twa till ane curht mach a mainshore.(216)

Appears in:
Sinclair, George. Satan's Invisible World Discovered. Edinburgh: 1685, 216

1685 Edinburgh    Midlothian  Edinburghshire  Scotland 
1517

George Sinclair, author of Satans invisible world discovered, claims that there is a Charm for curing a disease called the Ling, in these words, Cathari Duni Chini Brini.(216)

Appears in:
Sinclair, George. Satan's Invisible World Discovered. Edinburgh: 1685, 216

1685 Edinburgh    Midlothian  Edinburghshire  Scotland 
1520

Margaret Muschamp allegedly has a fit upon Mary Moore's return from Newcastle, in which she claims that "if she had two drops of his blood or hers, within ten dayes, it would save her life; if not death long comming, but torment perpetually." These fits occur daily, with Muschamp counting down the days as they progress. When she reaches three days, she writes again, weeping all the while, "JO. HU. DO. SVVI. hath been the death of one deare friend, consumes mother deare friend, and torments me," this time adding "two drops of his or her bloud would save my life, if I have it not I am undone, for seven yeares to be tormented before death come."(6-7)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 6-7

1647, February Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1521

Mary Moore allegedly sends her trusted servant William Hall to John Hutton in Sunderland, "one it was suspected that could do more then God allowed of." Hall bear a message bidding Hutton to reveal who had wronged Margaret Muschamp. Moore's message also threatens to have Hutton apprehended if he did not cooperate, on the grounds that Margaret had written the first two letters of his name along with another's.(7)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 7

1647, February Sunderland    Tyne and Wear  Northumberland  England 
1526

William Hall, servant to Mary Moore, receives a reply from John Hutton. Hutton allegedly tell him "your Mrs. knowes as well who hath wrong'd he[r] child as I: for the party that with a troubled minde your Mrs. had concealed all this time, and at Newcastle in her chamber all alone told you is she that hath done her all this wrong." Hutton then adds that it was Dorothy Swinow who bewitched Margaret Muschamp and caused all of Moore's other troubles.(7)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 7

1647, February Sunderland    Tyne and Wear  Northumberland  England 
1527

Anonymous 236, the brother-in-law of a woman (Anonymous 224) allegedly bewitched, decides to pursue that "Devil's instrument" (Anonymous 244) which is responsible for her affliction on June 13, 1678. Anonymous 236 prepares a fire, and "phasied the Evil Spirit to be got into a Stone-Bottle that hung over the fire," a bottle which roared loudly. The room he finds himself in becomes filled with unexplained smoke and fire. Anonymous 236 also hears a noise like a Clap of Thunder, or the report of a Cannon, and suffers a blow to the side of his head that makes him feel as if he has been stuck with awls (tools) or needles, which throws him to the ground. The Evil Spirit then departs up the Chimney, "carrying away the Pot-hangers and Bottle with him; but the Bottle came down again, still roaring and casting a dismal tract of Smoak, but not in any part broken." The spirit seems gone.(5-7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Strange and Wonderful News from Goswell-street: or, a Victory over the Devil. London: 1678, 5-7

1685 London (Goswell Street)    London, City of  London  England 
1528

Anonymous 224 is cured of her bewitchment, and is again able to eat and drink, after her Brother-in-law (Anonymous 236) traps an Evil Spirit that was thought to be the cause of her bewitchment in a stone bottle. She finds her Brother-in-law unhurt as well.(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Strange and Wonderful News from Goswell-street: or, a Victory over the Devil. London: 1678, 7

1678, June 13 London (Goswell Street)    London, City of  London  England 
1529

Mary Moore allegedly travels to meet with John Hutton herself after receiving his reply, accompanied by numerous others including William Hall, Edward Moore, George Armorer and Elizabeth Muschamp. Hutton recognizes them and knows all their names, despite only having met Hall previously. Moore demands to know how he knew what she had confided privately in Hall; Hutton only repeats the message he had sent prior, that Dorothy Swinow is the cause of Margaret Muschamp's bewitchment and her other troubles. When she tells him of George Muschamp Jr.'s illness and her cousin Lady Margery Hambleton's demise, Hutton accuses Swinow of causing those as well.(7-8)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 7-8

1647, February Sunderland    Tyne and Wear  Northumberland  England 
1530

Mary Moore allegedly demands two drops of blood from John Hutton. He attempts unsuccessfully to convince her to allow him to let his blood privately. Margaret Muschamp pricks him six times on his forehead, but no blood appeared. Hutton offers his right arm after Moore threatens to take his heart's blood; he lays a thumb on his arm and blood wells up from the spot. Muschamp soaks up the drops with a piece of paper she had written on during once of her trances. (7-8)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 7-8

1647, February Sunderland    Tyne and Wear  Northumberland  England 
1531

John Hutton, after Margaret Muschamp takes two drops of his blood, allegedly bids Mary Moore and her party to "ride softly, they had both tide and time enough, it being a fine quiet day." Yet, "of a sudden as soon as they were on horse back it grew very boystrous" and they have difficulty remaining ahorse in the foul weather. They are forced to hurry to Bambrough to take shelter and cross deep water to get there.(8)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 8

1647, February Sunderland    Tyne and Wear  Northumberland  England 
1532

Mary Muschamp allegedly falls into a rapture in which she claims that her angels have bid her to speak out. Echoing John Hutton, she accuses Dorothy Swinow of causing the death of her aunt the Lady Margery Hambleton, consuming her brother George Muschamp Jr. and her own torments. Muschamp also accuses Swinow of causing James Fauset, whose sister had married Hambeton's son, to suffer unnatural fits in an attempt to kill him so that his sister would inherit instead. She claims Swinow stopped tormenting Fauset when Swinow turned her attention to Muschamp and her family.(9)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 9

1647, February Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1533

Margaret Muschamp claims that the two drops of blood taken from John Hutton saved her from "seaven yeares in torment without any ease, or death had come." She allegedly falls into a two-hour rapture in which she converses with her angels, and emerges from this conversation with the insistence that her brother George Muschamp Jr. also required two drops of John Hutton's blood in order to live. Her stepfather Edward Moore and Moore's seven children witness this, as does her cousin Elizabeth Muschamp and numerous neighbours and friends of the family.(9)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 9

1647, February Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1536

George Lee's ship is allegedly nearly thrown off course by a "fearfull tempest" when entering Barwick Harbour; he is journeying to to Spital to see Margaret Muschamp in her raptures. John Hutton is blamed for raising the storm.(9)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 9

1647, February Barwick Harbour    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1539

Mary Moore fetches John Hutton back to Spital after Margaret Muschamp insists that Hutton's blood will save her brother George Muschamp Jr. Hutton comes quietly and allows Moore to take his blood; she holds Hutton in her custody after.(9-10)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 9-10

1647, February Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1541

John Hutton, in Mary Moore's custody, alleges to Edward Moore that Dorothy Swinow has "two bad women about her, the Millers and the Websters Wives, who had beene the death of Jo. CUSTERD and his Wife, with many other things of their wickednesse." He refuses to give any more information to either Edward or Mary Moore when they try to question him further.(9-10)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 9-10

1647, February Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1542

Margaret Muschamp allegedly has a fit soon after John Hutton is allowed to leave the Moore household; she is said to have been free of them for the entire duration of Hutton's stay. In this fit, she echos Hutton's claims once more, saying "DOROTHT SVVINOVV with two Witches more were come to torment her worse then ever HUTTON did, and the one was a yong woman, and the other an old: So that till they had Justice of DOROTHY SVVINOVV, her mother and they should never be at peace."(10)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 10

1647, February Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1543

Mary Moore, hearing Margaret Muschamp's renewed accusations against Dorothy Swinow and her claim that John Hutton, too, has been tormenting her, travels to Nuham and gives information against both Swinow and Hutton to Judge Foster. Foster, after some delay, has Hutton apprehended and sent to Newcastle Gaol. He refuses to have Swinow apprehended.(10)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 10

1647, February Nuham    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
1544

Following the threat of Mother Griffith after visiting the Sugarloaf shop, overnight, loud noises are heard and the shop is discovered to be "a strange confusion, every thing turn'd topsy turvy all the goods out of order" by the shopkeeper, Mr. John ---. Mr John ---'s apprentice also falls ill the next day, only to be cured by good prayers of the neighbourhood.(1)

Appears in:
Greenwel, Thomas. A Full and True Account of the Discovery, Apprehending and taking of a notorious witch,. London: 1704, 1

1704 London (Well-Close)    London, City of  London  England 
1545

Mother Griffith is taken before Justice Bateman where evidence was lain forth in the witness to Mr. John ---'s apprentice's sickness, and although Mother Griffith pleaded innocent, she was committed to Bridewell.(1)

Appears in:
Greenwel, Thomas. A Full and True Account of the Discovery, Apprehending and taking of a notorious witch,. London: 1704, 1

1704 London (Bridewel)    London, City of  London  England 
1546

After Mr. John ---'s apprentice and a few other men swam Mother Griffith, "she smote that Young man on the Arm, and told him he should pay dear for what he had done: Immediately he found a strange pain on his arm, and looking on it found the exact mark of her Hand and Fingers as black as Cole." (1)

Appears in:
Greenwel, Thomas. A Full and True Account of the Discovery, Apprehending and taking of a notorious witch,. London: 1704, 1

1704 London (Well-Close)    London, City of  London  England 
1563

Seven women living in Queen-Street in Coven-Garden illegally declared themselves Confessors, ordained by Father Ciprian. Their names were Katherin Wels, Susan Baker, Anne Parker, Katherin Smith, Elinor Hall, Maior Jones, and Dorathie Marsh and almost all were young and beautiful. At this abode, he or she who came to be confessed would bring money to the chief Matron Katherin Wels, and would presently go into a room with one or several of the women, where they were sworn to a number of rules before confessing.(3-5)

Appears in:
Unknown, . The Seven Women Confessors or a Discovery of the Seven White Divels which Lived at Queen-Street in Coven-Garden. London: 1641, 3-5

1641 London (Queen Street in Coven Garden)    London, City of  London  England 
1564

John Stockden visits the seven women confessors (con artists and possible prostitution racket) of Queen Street in Covent Garden: Katherin Wels, Susan Baker, Anne Parker, Katherin Smith, Elinor Hall, Maior Jones, and Dorathie Marsh. John Stockden is "willing to have a wench, but not to swear to their Articles," and so the witches, "by which way they stuffe their purses with gold, and their bellies with children," are discovered, and their con is ended. (5)

Appears in:
Unknown, . The Seven Women Confessors or a Discovery of the Seven White Divels which Lived at Queen-Street in Coven-Garden. London: 1641, 5

1641 London (Queen Street in Coven Garden)    London, City of  London  England 
1571

Joan Cocke is indicted for allegedly bewitching Agnes Cryspe. Cryspe was a one-year-old infant who allegedly was lame, enfeebled and maimed so that the jurors said her life "was despaired of." (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=14)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=14

1567 Brentwood    Essex  Essex  England 
1579

Richard Burt finds himself after he has been magically "hoised up into the aire," in a strange place, which is dark, "plentiful in filthy odors and stinches," full of noise, and full of fire. This causes an "unquenchable drouth in his stomach," although there is nowhere for him to find refreshment. (4)

Appears in:
B., G.. A Most Wicked Worke of a Wretched Witch, (the Like Whereof None Can Record these Manie Yeeres in England) . London: 1592, 4

1592, March Ilseworth    London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
1580

Richard Burt, imprisoned for four days in a dark, unknown location in Middlesex that full of fire, filthy odors, and noises, is told that he is forbidden to speak of what has befallen him upon returning home. Richard Burt asserts that he must tell his mother, and was then made to suffer by his tongue doubling and being severely burned and scratched with thornes and briers, "that it is both lamentable and terrible to behold him."(4)

Appears in:
B., G.. A Most Wicked Worke of a Wretched Witch, (the Like Whereof None Can Record these Manie Yeeres in England) . London: 1592, 4

1592, March 8 Ilseworth    London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
1590

Joan Cocke indicted at the assizes in Brentwood for initially laying her hands on Richard Sherman's knees while in his house and then clapping her hands on his knees, allegedly causing him to become lame. (473)

Appears in:
Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, . Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Part 4. H.M. Stationery Office: 1885, 473

1557 Brentwood    Essex  Essex  England 
1591

Joan Cocke's daughter (Anonymous 243) is suspected of being a witch because Noble's wife claims to be unable to properly churn her butter.()

Appears in:
Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, . Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Part 4. H.M. Stationery Office: 1885,

1557 Brentwood    Essex  Essex  England 
1592

Joan Cocke's daughter (Anonymous 243) is suspected of using "witcherie" on Belfild's wife's cows causing one to die and two "miche neate" (dairy cows) to give milk of "all colours."()

Appears in:
Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, . Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Part 4. H.M. Stationery Office: 1885,

1557 Brentwood    Essex  Essex  England 
1600

A charm, which according to Thomas Addy, was a bit of "popish" superstition, taught by the clergy to their congregants: "Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Iohn,/ The Bed be blest that I lye on." This was passed on to an old woman (Anonymous 244), who still recites it before sleep.(58-59)

Appears in:
Ady, Thomas. A Candle in the Dark . London: 1655, 58-59

1655     Essex  Essex  England 
1601

A butcher (Anonymous 245) visits a local cunning-man (Anonymous 247) who promises him, with the help of the devil, to help him find his missing cattle. The cunning-man instructs the butcher to look in a glass, and to look "East and West, North and South to finde his Cattel," but not turn around, as the cunning-man's partner(Anonymous 248), dressed in a hide and horns supposedly meant to exemplify the Devil, is reflected. The butcher does not find his cattle and returns later with his son (Anonymous 246) to expose the con, by releasing a mastiff dog on the disguised man.(62)

Appears in:
Ady, Thomas. A Candle in the Dark . London: 1655, 62

1655     Essex  Essex  England 
1602

Anonymous 249 is allegedly executed as a witch in Cambridge in the county of Cambridgshire in 1645. Proof of her crime is provided by the fact that she keeps "a tame Frogge in a Box for sport and Phantasie." This frog must have been read as her familiar; in owning a familiar she was by default a witch. (135)

Appears in:
Ady, Thomas. A Candle in the Dark . London: 1655, 135

1645 Cambridge    Cambridgeshire  Cambridgeshire  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 
1612

Goodwife Rose is swum as a witch after she bewitched a Maid's (Anonymous' 253) Pease (pease pudding or porridge), cursing it to become mealy, after she refused to give her some. She also wished "another-fellow" to be louse-ridden, even if she would change cloths everyday. Goodwife Rose is swum along with Anonymous 253, who volunteered to act as a litmus test, and "sank presently, and they could scarce bring her to life with all their hast and Arts." Goodwife Rose floated. (41)

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

1637 Bedford    Bedfordshire  Bedfordshire  England 
1613

Anonymous 254 is allegedly visited by a thing "like a Mouse" which "came to him, which none could hinder." Shortly thereafter he begins to have "strange fits" which are read as supernatural in origin.(20)

Appears in:
Drage, William. Daimonomageia a Small Treatise of Sickness and Diseases from Witchcraft. London: 1665, 20

1665 Isle of Ely    Cambridgeshire  Isle of Ely  England 
1614

A possessed man from the Isle of Ely (Anonymous 254) visits a wizard / cunning-man in search of a cure for his "strange fits." This "white Witch, or Necromancer, Sorcerer, Magician," who gave him an "Amulet or Charm to hang about his neck, and so long as he wore that, he was freed; he durst not leave it off." (20)

Appears in:
Drage, William. Daimonomageia a Small Treatise of Sickness and Diseases from Witchcraft. London: 1665, 20

1665 Isle of Ely    Cambridgeshire  Isle of Ely  England 
1615

Mr. Lowes Parson of Branson in Suffolk bewitched a ship near Harwidge, so that "with the extreame tempesteous Seas raised by blusterous windes" the ship sank, drowning all its passengers.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 3

1645 Harwidge    Essex  Essex  England 
1616

Mr. Lowes Parson of Branson in Suffolke commits "many other most hanous, wicked, and accursed acts" with the help of six imps which visit him daily.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 3

1645 Branson    Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1617

Mr. Lowes Parson of Branson in Suffolke "preached about threescore sermons after he had made his Covenent with the Devill," thereby engaging in anti-Catholic activities and working with the Devil.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 3

1645 Branson    Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1618

Mr. Lowes Parson of Branson in Suffolke is found to have a teat on the crown of his head, and two under his tongue. This confirms his "Covenant with the Devill."(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 3

1645 Branson    Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1624

William Whycherly, during his examination by Sir Thomas Smith, confesses to attempting to conjure a circle with a consecrated sword and ring, but was unsuccessful because "an old priest being there was so sore afraide that he ran away before the spirit called Ambrose Waterduke could appeare."(334)

Appears in:
Foxe, Thomas Cranmer, John Gough Nichols, John. Narratives of the Days of the Reformation. Unknown: 1859, 334

1597 Yarmouth    Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1625

William Whycherly, during his examination by Sir Thomas Smith, claims that "he knoweth that one Lowth, in Flete-strete, a broderer, useth the cristall stone, and goeth about daily to dygge for treasure."(334)

Appears in:
Foxe, Thomas Cranmer, John Gough Nichols, John. Narratives of the Days of the Reformation. Unknown: 1859, 334

1597 London (Fleet Street)    London, City of  Middlesex  England 
1627

William Whycherly, during his examination by Sir Thomas Smith, claims that Sir John Lloyd, and "Maier, a preest, and now say-master of the mynt at Durham house, hath conjured for treasure and their stolne goods."(334)

Appears in:
Foxe, Thomas Cranmer, John Gough Nichols, John. Narratives of the Days of the Reformation. Unknown: 1859, 334

1597 London (Durham House in the Strand)    London, City of  Middlesex  England 
1628

William Whycherly, during his examination by Sir Thomas Smith, claims that "Thomas Owldring, of Yarmouth, is a conjurer, and hath very good bookes of conjuring, and that a great nomber."(334)

Appears in:
Foxe, Thomas Cranmer, John Gough Nichols, John. Narratives of the Days of the Reformation. Unknown: 1859, 334

1597 Yarmouth    Norfolk  Norfolk  England 
1629

William Whycherly, during his examination by Sir Thomas Smith, claims that the priest Sir Robert Brian of Highgate is sometimes "a conjureth with a syve and a pair of sheeres, invocating saith Paule and Saint Peter. And that he also useth the psalter and the key with a psalme." (334)

Appears in:
Foxe, Thomas Cranmer, John Gough Nichols, John. Narratives of the Days of the Reformation. Unknown: 1859, 334

1597 Highgate     London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
1630

William Whycherly, during his examination by Sir Thomas Smith, claims that "One Thomas Shakilton occupieth the syve and sheeres, and he dwellith in Aldersgate-strete, a laborer."(334)

Appears in:
Foxe, Thomas Cranmer, John Gough Nichols, John. Narratives of the Days of the Reformation. Unknown: 1859, 334

1597 London (Aldersgate Street)    London, City of  Middlesex  England 
1633

Nathan Crab, the son of Mr. Zacheus Crab, suffered from convulsions and falling fits for about nine years. After these nine years, a charm was administered in the hopes of curing Nathan of his afflictions. The charm consisted of a bag to hang around Nathan's neck, and "powder to take in White wine for one weeks time," and after wearing the bag for a week Nathan was to take it off and burn it. The bag, however, was taken off Nathan's neck after only "two Days and a Night," at which time a piece of paper was found inside with the words "Callen Dan Dant/Dan Dant Callen/ Dan Callen Dant" on it. The charm was ultimately thought to be "a Cure from the Devil" and was discarded. (47-48)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 47-48

1691 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1636

Margaret Bell is allegedly scratched to persuade her to lift a bewitchment off a local child. (21)

Appears in:
Drage, William. Daimonomageia a Small Treatise of Sickness and Diseases from Witchcraft. London: 1665, 21

1665 Lutterworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1644

Anne Lamperill is imprisoned at Colchester Castle. She was committed by Edward Eltonhead for being accused and suspected of being a witch.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1639, July 29 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
1645

Robert Garnett is imprisoned at Colchester Castle. He was committed by William Lynne because he allegedly trusted witches and talked with them which was considered dishonouring God.()

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011,

1639, July 29 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
1654

Mr. Lowes Parson is put on trial for witchcraft in Branson in Suffolk, being both tried and convicted. He allegedly bewitched a ship, capsizing it and drowning the crew; had the help of six imps to cause mischief, and "he had done many other more hanous, wicked, and accursed acts." He is one among eighteen witches at the session.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 3

1645 Branson    Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1660

Alice Aylett allegedly enchants Margery Egles so that she "gravely languished" from August until November of 1589.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1689, August 10 Braintree    Essex  Essex  England 
1661

Alice Aylett allegedly enchants Rachel Skynner so that she "gravely languished" from August until November of 1589.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1589, August 1 Braintree    Essex  Essex  England 
1662

Alice Aylett allegedly enchants Henry Joye so that he "gravely languished" from November to December of 1589.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1589, November 5 Braintree    Essex  Essex  England 
1663

Alice Aylett allegedly enchants Susan Parman so that she languished from March of 1579/80 until April of 1583 at which point she died. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1579, March 6 Braintree    Essex  Essex  England 
1664

Alice Aylett allegedly enchants A boy (Anonymous 259 who most likely named Simon) so that he languished from April of 1583 until August of 1586 when he died. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1583, April 26 Braintree    Essex  Essex  England 
1722

An old woman (Anonymous 271) "had done many very wicked things" by bewitching cattle and corn. She is one among eighteen witches on trial at Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 4

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1723

An old woman (Anonymous 271) bewitched "seven persons of one family to death." The family consisted of one man (Anonymous 284), his wife (Anonymous 285), and their five children (Anonymous 286, Anonymous 287, Anonymous 288, Anonymous 289, Anonymous 290). The old woman was one of eighteen witches on trial in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 4

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1724

An old woman (Anonymous 271) has imps come to her "in severall shapes." She is one among eighteen witches on trial at Bury St. Edmunds.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 4

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1728

A woman, described as "another of the women witches" (Anonymous 272), who "had beene a Witch above five and twenty yeares," bewitched a child (Anonymous 283) to death. She is one among eighteen witches at a session held in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 4

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1729

A woman, described as "another of the women witches" (Anonymous 272), one among eighteen at a session at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, bewitched a "great store of Cattle," causing the owners to be hindered by either the death or the "unserviceablenesse of them"(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 4

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1730

A woman, described as "another of the women witches" (Anonymous 272), one among eighteen at a session at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, bewitched "standing corne," causing great losses to the owners, as they could not "benefit of there long, hard, and by her made, fruitlesse labours."(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 4

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1736

A woman (Anonymous 273), one of 120 being held in prison at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, had "carnall copulation with the Devill," before her husband died. She conceived twice by the Devil, but as soon as the offspring was born, "they run away in most horrid long and ugly shapes."(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 5

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1738

A woman, described as "another of these witches" (Anonymous 274) from Suffolk held a grudge against a gentleman(Anonymous 281) and his wife (Anonymous 282), for "they seemed discontented at her comming often to their house." She sends one of her imps "in the likenesses of a little black smoth dog" to play with their young son and only child (Anonymous 275). (5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 5

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1739

A woman, described as "another of these witches" (Anonymous 274) from Suffolk sends her imp "in the likenesse of a little black smoth dog" to play with the son (Anonymous 275) of a gentleman (Anonymous 281) and his wife(Anonymous 282) whom she held a grudge against; the imp "brought the child to a water side, and there drowned the said child to the great grief of the parents." (5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 5

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1752

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk confesses to sending her gray imp with Elizabeth Clarke's black imp and Elizabeth Gooding's white imp, to "kill a black Cowe and a white Cowe of Mr. Edwards." (7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 7

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1755

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk confesses she sent some thirty years before 1645 a gray Imp to kill two horses of Mr. Bragge of Mistley, "which were killed accordingly."(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 7

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1758

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk allegedly sent a white imp, and Elizabeth Gooding a black imp, "to destroy the child of the said Mr. Edwards." This crime is also attributed to Elizabeth Clarke and Margaret Moone.(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 7

1644     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1759

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk exchanges a white imp, a gray imp, and a black imp between herself and her sister-in-law, one Anne, the wife of Robert Pearce of Stoke in Suffolk, so that "these Jmpes went commingly from one two another, and did mischiefe where ever they went."(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 7

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1760

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk confesses that she and her sister-in-law, Anne, the wife of Robert Pearce of Stoke in Suffolk, exchanged a white imp, a gray imp, and a black imp between themselves, so that "these Jmpes went commingly from one two another, and did mischiefe where ever they went."(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 7

1615     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1761

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk confesses that if she did "not send and imploy" her imps to do mischief, her health suffered. Conversely, if her imps were "imployed, she was healthfull and well."(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 7

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1762

Anne Leech, a woman from Mistley, Suffolk, confesses that imps came to her and "did usually suck those teats which were found about the private parts of her body."(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 7

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1763

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk confesses that her imps often spoke to her, "and told her, she should never feele hell torments, and that they spake to her in an hollow voyee, which she plainly understood."(7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 7

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1764

Nathan Crab, after leaving a religious meeting hosted by the Minister Robert Atkins, is allegedly pushed and tript up his Heels by an unknown force, after which he "rose again presently."(47)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 47

1682 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1765

Nathan Crab, some weeks after being pushed by an unknown force, experiences falling-fits and foaming at the mouth. These ailments continue on for a year and a half before any means were used suspected for Witchcraft.(47)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 47

1682 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1767

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk sent her gray imp to Elizabeth Kirk of Manningtree, Sufflk, so that "Elizabeth lanhished by the space of one whole year, untill she dyed."(7-8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 7-8

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1768

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk confesses to sending her gray imp to Elizabeth Kirk to destroy her, "and upon the sending of the said Jmpe, the said Elizabeth lanhished by the space of one whole year, untill she dyed."(7-8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 7-8

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1769

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk took offense from Elizabeth Kirk of Manningtree, Suffolk when Elizabeth refused to share a comb. This causes Anne Leech to send a gray imp "to destroy her."(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 8

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1771

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk confesses to sending her gray imp "to kill the daughter of the widow Rawlyns" And further, this Examinant saith, that long since, but the exact time she cannot remember, she sent her gray Imp to kill the daughter of the widow Rawlyns of Misley aforesaid; and the reason was, because this Examinant was put out of her Farm, and the said widow Rawlyns put in, where shee dwelleth at this present.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 8

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1773

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk confesses to knowledge of the "sending of an Jmpe by the aforesaid Elizabeth Gooding, to vex and torment Mary the wife of John Tayler of Mannyntree." Elizabeth Gooding does so for Mary Tayler "refused to give the said Elizabeth some Beeregood."(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 8

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1776

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk confesses that "Elizabeth Gooding, and one Anne West of Lawford widow, met together at the house of the said Elizabeth Clarke, where there was a Booke read, wherein she thinks there was no goodnesse."(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 8

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
1778

Zacheus Crab and his daughter (Daughter Crab) seek out the help of Mr. Gibs, a man whom they believe may cure Nathan Crab of his unexplained falling-fits and foaming at the mouth. They visit Mr. Gibs once every Week for a Month with the Youth's [Nathan Crab] Water. (47-48)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 47-48

1682 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1779

Mrs. Wayt, a minister's wife, is falsely accused of being a witch in the Book of the Essex Witches. She is excused in print, "for it is very well knowne that she is a gentlewoman of a very godly and religious life, and a very good conuersations: and this was set on purpose to vindicate her."(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 8

1645     Essex  Essex  England 
1781

Mr. Gibs, after a month of being brought Nathan Crabs urine, states that weeks Papers of Powder would make a perfect Cure, but there would be an alteration, [and] that he [Nathan Crab] would have two or three panging fits different from the former because of it. This prediction comes to pass, which causes Zacheus Crab and his daughter (Daughter Crab) to question Mr. Gibs healing methods.(47-48)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 47-48

1682 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1782

Mr. Gibs, in a further attempt to cure Nathan Crab of his unexplained falling-fits and foaming at the mouth, gives Zacheus Crab and his daughter (Daughter Crab) a bag to hang around Nathan Crabs neck. They are also given Powder to take in White wine, which, along with the bag, are supposed to be administered for one week; it is instructed that Nathan Crab should take the bag off himself and burn it after the appropriate amount of time has passed.(47-48)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 47-48

1682 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1783

Mr. Elson removes the bag hanging around Nathan Crabs neck after it had been on [only] two Days and a Night. Mr. Elson shewed it to some, to inquire, whether it were not a charm," and a piece of paper is found inside the bag "with this writing, Callen Dan Dant, Dan Dant Callen, Dan Callen Dant.(47-49)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 47-49

1682 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1784

Mr. Elson keeps the piece of paper from the bag, which had been hanging around Nathan Crabs neck, for eighteen weeks. For these eighteen weeks Nathan Crab does not suffer from any falling-fits, and is able to return to sorting Wooll at his Trade, which he had not been able to do in a Year and quarter before. At the sixth week of the eighteen weeks, Mr. Gibs states that if Nathan Crabs fits return they will be more terrible than before.(47-49)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 47-49

1682 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1785

Nathan Crabs unexplained fits return about eighteen or nineteen weeks, upon a Shrove-Tuesday, after they had ceased. Mr. Elson believes the fits returned because he burned the piece of paper, which he had been unwilling to keep any longer, from the bag that had been hanging around Nathan Crabs neck.(48-50)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 48-50

1682 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1786

Nathan Crab is set upon a stool at the sign of an approaching fit. During the fit he falls off the stool, breaking his Leg, the main Bone, in two pieces, another Bone in many pieces. (50)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 50

1682 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1788

During his five week recovery from a broken leg, Nathan Crab does not suffer from any fits. When he is able to walk with crutches, however, his Fits returned in the same manner as before his Bone was broken. (50)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 50

1682 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1790

Nathan Crabs mother (Mrs. Crab) claims that Mr. Staddon drop'd some such words that her Son was bewitch'd or possess'd. Mr. Straddon evidently went through a Course of Physick with the Youth [Nathan Crab], but found no obvious reasons to explain his fits.(51)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 51

1682 Exeter    Devon  Devonshire  England 
1791

A soldier (Anonymous 291) stationed on his Watch, near the Chappel of St. James's House is thrown over by an unknown being in the form of an affrightening shape. The soldier (Anonymous 291) saw the shape coming towards him and told it to stop or he would shoot it, when it ran upon him, and threm him over the way far off.(57-58)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 57-58

1671 London (Queen's Chapel at St. James' Palace)    London, City of  Middlesex  England 
1792

Agnes Steadman allegedly bewitches Sibyl Bentall, wife of Thomas Bentall, so that for twelve days she was violently ill and feared for her life. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=2)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=2

1572, July 1 Halstead    Essex  Essex  England 
1796

Agnes Steadman allegedly bewitches 3 cows worth 4 belonging to John Rome causing them to languish for three days. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=1

1572, May 1 Halstead    Essex  Essex  England 
1800

Agnes Steadman allegedly bewitches a cow worth 30 shillings belonging to Owen Norman causing it to become violently ill. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?intOffSet=0&intThisRecordsOffSet=0

1572, June 7 Halstead    Essex  Essex  England 
1801

Anne Neale is indicted at the Assize in Maidstone, Kent before Sergeant Francis Pemberton and Thomas Twisden as well as a grand jury composed of seventeen people for allegedly bewitching Elizabeth Morgan, a 6-week old infant, so that she languished and died. The charge is brought forward by Jane Haselby.()

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997,

1676, March 14 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
1802

Anne Neale's indictment in the case of the baby Elizabeth Morgan does not proceed as the grand jury claims there is not enough evidence. (3-16)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 3-16

1676, March 14 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
1803

Anne Neale is accused by Jane Haselby of bewitching Elizabeth Morgan, a 6-week old baby, so that she languished for two weeks and then died.(3-16)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 3-16

1672, July 5 Gravesend    Kent  Kent  England 
1805

Anne Neale is indicted at the Assizes in Maidstone, Kent before Thomas Twisden and Sergeant Francis Pemberton and a grand jury of 17 people for bewitching William Eason so that he languished for a week and then died. The charge is brought forward by Walter Nynn.(3-16)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 3-16

1676, March 14 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
1806

Anne Neale's indictment in the case of William Eason does not proceed as the grand jury claims there is not enough evidence. (3-16)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 3-16

1676, March 14 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
1807

Anne Neale is accused by Walter Nynn of bewitching William Eason, so that he (Eason) languished for seven days and then died.(3-16)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 3-16

1672, March 20 Gravesend    Kent  Kent  England 
1808

Anne Neale is indicted at the Assize in Maidstone, Kent before Sergeant Francis Pemberton and Thomas Twisden as well as a grand jury composed of seventeen people for allegedly bewitching Walter Warren so that he languished for three months and then died. The charge is brought forward by Thomas Warren.(3-16)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 3-16

1676, March 14 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
1809

Anne Neale's indictment in the case of Walter Warren does not proceed as the grand jury claims there is not enough evidence. (3-16)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 3-16

1676, March 14 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
1810

Anne Neale is accused by Thomas Warren of bewitching Walter Warren, so that he (Walter Warren) languished for three months and then died.(3-16)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 3-16

1672, April 1 Gravesend    Kent  Kent  England 
1811

Anonymous 269 is hanged as a witch on July 18th, 1616 at Husbands Bosworth, Liescester. She was executed for her supposed involvement in the alleged bewitchment of John Smyth.(271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1618, July 18 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1812

Sir Humphrey Winch and Sargent Randolf Crewe order the imprisonment of six unnamed women on the l5th of October at Husbands Bosworth Leicester, for the alleged bewitchment of John Smyth.(271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1616, October 15 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1813

By order of King James, who personally examined John Smyth and encouraged him to retract his accusations of bewitchment, five women were released on October 16, 1616 from the goal at Husbands Bosworth, Liescester(271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1616, October 16 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1814

Anonymous 301, one of six women imprisoned and examined in October 1616 for bewitching John Smyth, allegedly admitted to the jailer that she was working in concert with her familiar, and with the other accused witches, to torment Smyth. She begged him not to reveal her secret, lest the other women torment her for speaking against them. (271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1616, October 15 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1815

John Smyth begins to have "dyvars wonderful straunge fyts," where he exhibited inhuman strength so that he could not be held down and where he would beat himself, administering anywhere from fifty to three hundred blows to his body. Smyth was miraculously unhurt by these efforts. (271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1616 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1816

While in his foaming fits, John Smith allegedly is able to "contract his whole Body, within the Compass of a Joyn'd-stool, and write in Hebrew, and Greek Characters."(6-9)

Appears in:
Osborne, Francis. A Miscellany of Sundry Essayes, Paradoxes, and Problematicall Discourses, Letters and Characters. London: 1659, 6-9

1616 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1817

John Smyth exhibits a attributes of the six familiar spirits (a horse, a dog, a cat, pullemar, a fish, and a code) which allegedly possess and bewitch him. When the horse "tormented him, he woold whinny; when the cat tormented him, he would cry like a cat, &c."(271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1616 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1818

Six of the nine women accused of bewitching John Smyth in July 1616 are made to recite a bit of counter-magic to call back the spirits which that allegedly sent to plague and torment Symth. If they spoke this charm (which identified them as a witches), "I such a one chardge the hors, yf I be a wiche, that thou com forthe of the chilld," Smyth would be at peace, and fall asleep; if they did not, he would become agitated.(271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1616 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1819

Mary Foster is indicted at the Maidstone assizes in Kent before judges William Ellis and Francis Pemberton as well as a trial jury for allegedly bewitching Michael Jordan so that his body became " greatly wasted and consumed." (87-91)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 87-91

1679, July 29 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
1820

Mary Foster is found not guilty by judges Francis Pemberton and William Ellis as well as a grand jury of bewitching Michael Jordan. (87-91)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 87-91

1679, July 29 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
1821

Mary Foster is accused by Sarah Rigden, Frances Williams, Martha Glover, Parnel Bourn, Elizabeth Sheerman, Jane Moverley, Anne Joad, Elizabeth West and Henry Rigden of bewitching Michael Jordan so that his body became wasted and consumed.(87-91)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 87-91

1679, July 29 Ramsgate    Kent  Kent  England 
1822

Anonymous 301 dies on October 15, 1616 while in custody at the goal in Husbands Bosworth.(271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1616, October 15 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1823

Anonymous 292 is hanged as a witch on July 18th, 1616 at Husbands Bosworth, Liescester. She was executed for her supposed involvement in the alleged bewitchment of John Smyth.(271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1616, July 18 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1824

Anonymous 293 is hanged as a witch on July 18th, 1616 at Husbands Bosworth, Liescester. She was executed for her supposed involvement in the alleged bewitchment of John Smyth.(271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1616, July 18 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1825

Anonymous 294 is hanged as a witch on July 18th, 1616 at Husbands Bosworth, Liescester. She was executed for her supposed involvement in the alleged bewitchment of John Smyth. (271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1616, July 18 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1826

Anonymous 295 is hanged as a witch on July 18th, 1616 at Husbands Bosworth, Liescester. She was executed for her supposed involvement in the alleged bewitchment of John Smyth. (271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1616, July 18 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1827

Anonymous 297 is hanged as a witch on July 18th, 1616 at Husbands Bosworth, Liescester. She was executed for her supposed involvement in the alleged bewitchment of John Smyth.(271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1616, July 18 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1828

Anonymous 298 is hanged as a witch on July 18th, 1616 at Husbands Bosworth, Liescester. She was executed for her supposed involvement in the alleged bewitchment of John Smyth.(271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1616, July 18 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1829

Anonymous 299 is hanged as a witch on July 18th, 1616 at Husbands Bosworth, Liescester. She was executed for her supposed involvement in the alleged bewitchment of John Smyth. (271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1616, July 18 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1830

Anonymous 300 is hanged as a witch on July 18th, 1616 at Husbands Bosworth, Liescester. She was executed for her supposed involvement in the alleged bewitchment of John Smyth.(271)

Appears in:
Nichols, John . A Letter from Alderman Robert Heyrick, of Leicester, to his brother Sir William, in the year 1616. London: 1898, 271

1616, July 18 Husbands Bosworth    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
1832

Thomas Whiteing allegedly bewitches Sarah Curtis at Hoo so that her body became "greatly wasted, pined, and consumed." He is accused by Robert Rogers, Joseph Miller, Sarah Curtis, William Burman, John Ellis, Simon Beadell, Bridget Gilbert, Joan Stephens, Thomas Haley, Robert Witherley, Robert Beadle, Dr Faber, Dr Hooker, Dr Robinson, Anne Seares, Faber Armitage, William Tucke, Barbara Cena, and William Verron. (150-157)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 150-157

1681, Junary 20 Hoo    Kent  Kent  England 
1833

Thomas Whiteing is indicted at the Maidstone Assizes in Kent before judges Francis Pemberton and Job Charlton as well as a trial jury for allegedly bewitching Sarah Curtis. (150-157)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 150-157

1682, March 13 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
1834

Thomas Whiteing's indictment in the case of Sarah Curtis does not proceed as the grand jury claims there is not enough evidence. (150-157)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 150-157

1682, March 13 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
1837

Elizabeth Scott is indicted at the Assizes in Maidstone before Francis Pemberton and Job Charlton as well as a trial jury for allegedly murdering John Colman by use of witchcraft.(141-147)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 141-147

1681, July 26 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
1838

Elizabeth Scott's indictment in the case of John Colman does not proceed as the grand jury claims there is not enough evidence. (141-147)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 141-147

1681, July 26 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
1879

Anne Blundy is indicted before Richard Weston and Edward Lancelot Lee for allegedly using witchcraft on Mary Griffin so that she languished for two days and then died. (135-137)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 135-137

1681, March 15 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
1880

Anne Blundy is accused by Anne Griffin, Judith King, Mary F--ham, and an unnamed person (Anonymous 313) of using witchcraft to murder Mary Griffin. Griffin languished for two days and then died. (135-137)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 135-137

1681, February 5 Strood    Kent  Kent  England 
1881

Anne Blundy is found not guilty of using witchcraft to murder Mary Griffin. (135-137)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 135-137

1681, March 15 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
1918

Mary Greenliefe allegedly allows her familiar spirits to feed from Susan Sparrow's fourteen year old daughter and her own teenage daughter. Greenliefe's daughter had awoken one night and was heard "to cry out in a fearefull manner; Oh Mother, now it comes, it comes, oh helpe mother, it hurts me, it hurts me." Having been told to quiet her daughter, Greenliefe allegedly suggested to Sparrow, "I will fee with them (meaning her said Impes,) that they shall suck my daughter one night, and thine another." The next night Sparrow's daughter awoke "much affrighted, sweating, and shrieking in a terrible manner, complaining that shee was nipped and pinched on her thigh. Sparrow's child had a large bruse on her thigh and complained of pain in her leg for a month after. (19)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 19

1615 Alresford    Essex  Essex  England 
1919

A mysterious leveret (a year old Hare) which allegedly haunts the home shared by Susan Sparrow and Mary Greenliefe is suspected of bewitching Anthony Sharlock's son. Sharlock brings his greyhound which courses the leveret, "but whether the dog killed it this Informant knows not."(19-20, 21)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 19-20, 21

1630 Alresford    Essex  Essex  England 
1921

Anne Cooper allegedly curses William Cottingam's colt. It broke its neck and died shortly thereafter.(22-23)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 22-23

1645 Clacton    Essex  Essex  England 
1924

Rachel Pindar confesses to "hypocrisie" on the part of some of her alleged possessions, "whereof shee seemeth to be very sorie and repauntaunt" to the preacher at St. Paul's Cross, London on August 15, 1574.(2)

Appears in:
Chrysostom, John. The Disclosing of a Late Counterfeyted Possession by the Deuyl in Two Maydens within the Citie of London. London: 1574, 2

1574, August 15 London (Paul's Cross)    London, City of  London   England 
1925

Agnes Brigges confesses to "hypocrisie" on the part of some of her alleged possessions, "whereof shee seemeth to be very sorie and repauntaunt" to the preacher at St. Paul's Cross, London on August 15, 1574.(2)

Appears in:
Chrysostom, John. The Disclosing of a Late Counterfeyted Possession by the Deuyl in Two Maydens within the Citie of London. London: 1574, 2

1574, August 15 London (Paul's Cross)    London, City of  London   England 
1926

William Longe, William Turner, John Bowthe and several other witnesses including William Pindar, Peter Pindar, Role Harris, Katherine of Borne, Elizabeth Long, Jane Turner, Margaret Barkers, Katherine Chawke, Elizabeth Pindar, Anne Pindar, Sarah Dauars, Susan Pindar, Maryanne Resue and Sarah Daders, argue with the devil who possesses the child, Rachel Pindar, until he is cast out and "shallt have nothinge."(4-9)

Appears in:
Chrysostom, John. The Disclosing of a Late Counterfeyted Possession by the Deuyl in Two Maydens within the Citie of London. London: 1574, 4-9

1574, July 16 London (Paul's Cross)    London, City of  London   England 
1927

William Long performs the alleged exorcism of Agnes Brigges, charging Satan to "depart, and neuer enter aney more." He succeeds in expelling Satan, causing the child Agnes Brigges to "helld up hur hands and said, he is gone, he will come no more." Her body contorts and her throat swells during these proceedings, as witnessed by George Allen, William Turner, William Pindar, William Edwards, and Sarah Dauars.(10-11)

Appears in:
Chrysostom, John. The Disclosing of a Late Counterfeyted Possession by the Deuyl in Two Maydens within the Citie of London. London: 1574, 10-11

1574 London (Paul's Cross)    London, City of  London   England 
1929

Rachel Pindar confesses during her examination before the Reverend Father Matthew L, Archbishop of Canterbury, Sir Rosalind and William Fleetwood that her possession allegedly caused by Joan Thornton during which she took a feather and hair from her mouth, and during which she spoke in "diuers strange and hollowe speeches within her throate," was "untrue and the other feyned, for the which shee is nowe very sorie, and defyreus to aske the sayde Joane Thorneton forgivenesse." (15-17)

Appears in:
Chrysostom, John. The Disclosing of a Late Counterfeyted Possession by the Deuyl in Two Maydens within the Citie of London. London: 1574, 15-17

1574 London (Paul's Cross)    London, City of  London   England 
1931

Mary Johnson allegedly bewitches Annaball Durrant's child; she appears to have used both word magic, calling the child pretty, and spread maleficium through touch, by stroking its cheek, and instrumental magic, poisoning it though a kind of bad magic spread through bread and butter. (24)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 24

1645, February? Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
1932

Having eaten a piece of bread a butter given to it by Mary Johnson, the Durrant child, "shricked and cried," falls lame, and continues, for "the space of eight dayes shricking and tearing it self." Although her mother consults a local surgeon is, he can find no natural cause, nor administer a natural cure. The Durrant child dies. Mary Johnson is blamed.(24)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 24

1644, February? Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
1933

Annaball Durrant, after the death of her child, is seized with labor-like pains which last for seven or eight months. ()

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645,

1644 Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
1934

Annaball Durrant sees a vision of Mary Johnson while she is "setting up of broome in an out-house presently after her child was dead." She is suddenly "struck with a lamenesse in her Arms, and such a stiffnesse that three or foure that came to help her, were not able to bow her Arms." She loses the ability to speak, has to be carried how by friends, and continues in this condition for two weeks, before she returns to health.(24)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 24

1644, February? Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
1935

George Durrant, having encouraged his wife Annaball to testify against Mary Johnson, suddenly gave a great shrick, and said the said Mary Johnson would be his death, and had a great swelling risen up in his breast, and now lies sweating, and in great extremity." He continues to cry out "It comes, it comes, Now goodwife Johnsons Impe is come, Now she hath my life." Durrant does not seen to be hallucinating this torment; he buzz of a hornet fills the room; a wall falls down.(24-25)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 24-25

1645, April Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
1960

Anne Thurston allegedly bewitches John Aldurton's "black cow," a bovine worth five shilling, to the point where it had to be destroyed. It may be that her two spirits were used to bewitch this cow.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341154)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341154

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
1961

Elizabeth Occlam is allegedly bewitched by Mary Johnson; she dies within three days. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341162)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341162

1645 Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
1962

George Durrell is allegedly bewitched by Mary Johnson; he dies within five days.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341158)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341158

1644, June 20 Wivenhoe    North Eastern Essex  Essex  England 
1964

Lionel Jefferson is allegedly bewitched by Hatting; he dies twenty four days later. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341182)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341182

1625 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
1965

Thomas Greene is allegedly bewitched by Sara Hatting. He dies within two months. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341190)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=341190

1642, May 20 Rumsey    Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
1966

James Watts is indicted at the assizes at Maidstone before Thomas Twisden and Timothy Littleton for allegedly bewitching Anne Huggins so that her body became "wasted and consumed."(58-65)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 58-65

1678, March 11 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
1968

William Sommers allegedly begins to have fits at the age of 19 or 20, claiming that he has been possessed by a wicked spirit. (Image 6)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 6

1597, October Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
1969

On 7 November 1597, Darrell appoints the exercise of prayer and fasting so that Sommers might be dispossessed; the prayers are said by Darrell and a group totaling 150 people. ()

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598,

1597, November 7 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
1970

William Power, John Pepper and John Cooper all allege that when John Darrell cast the Devil out of William Sommers, he neglected to appoint the Devil anywhere to go. William Power and John Pepper both add that Darrell claimed afterward to have sent the Devil into a herd of swine, while John Cooper says that Darrell claimed to have sent the Devil into Collwick Hill. Thus, since the Devil was not told where to go, he was free to repossess William Sommers as Sommers had claimed.(Image 19)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 19

1597, November Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
1971

William Sommers, now dispossessed, alleges to discover witches in the town of Nottingham. He accuses Doll Freeman, kinswoman of an Alderman of Nottingham, of being a witch.(Image 6)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 6

1597, November Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
1972

William Sommers alleges that his initial possession was faked, as per his agreement with the Devil at the time of his repossession.(Image 6-7)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 6-7

1597, November Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
1973

William Sommers is brought back before the Commission to see if he would confess who had persuaded him to insist his initial possession was faked. Sommers tries to run up the stairs and throw himself over the gallery to break his neck, but is prevented. When questioned this time, he is treated more roughly than before, until the Commission and all present are satisfied that he is indeed possessed once again. Mr. Walter Archdeacon acknowledges that the finger of God must be upon the whole affair. There is rejoicing in Nottingham, as the Commission is said to have pleased God for the truth to have been so revealed.(Image 7)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 7

1597 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
1974

William Sommers is committed to the custody of certain residents of Nottingham after the Commission returns to Yorke, where he continues to be tormented by fits and tells of his ordeal to his captors. Sommers recounts how the Devil appeared to him in prison in the shape of a mouse, and that the Devil and certain persons urged him to say he had counterfeited his first possession, making promises to him should he do as they asked. His confessions are written down by some of his listeners.(Image 7)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 7

1597 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
1976

John Darrell, after his chastisement by the Archbishop of Yorke, is summoned before the Commissioners of Canterbury, and after a day of harsh speeches, is sent to the Gatehouse.(Image 7)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 7

1597 Canterbury    Kent  Kent  England 
1983

Sara Hatting is searched as a witch. Bridget Reynolds, the witch-searcher, claims Hatting has "foure Teats, or Bigges in those parts, almost an inch long, and as bigge as this Informants little finger."(30)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 30

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
1984

Elizabeth Harvey is searched as a witch. Bridget Reynolds, the woman who searched her, claims she had "had three such Bigges, and about the said scantling."(30)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 30

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
1985

Marion Hocket is searched as a witch; Bridget Reynolds can discover no witches marks on her. (30-31)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 30-31

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
1987

Elizabeth Harvey allegedly claimed that Marion Hocket made her into a witch circa 1638 by making her have witch's mark. Hocket has allegedly brought her "three things were of a reddish color," which in pulling and sucking at her, "made her have the said marks or bigs," These familiars, which Harvey claimed she tried to send back, allegedly "tormented her in her bed, in the places aforesaid, as if they had pulled her in pieces."(31)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 31

1638 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
1988

A mysterious snake appears on a shelf Mrs. Stock's house, after her husband, Francis Stock, tells an enraged William Hatting that his wife was a "scolder." When Mrs. Stock "endeavoured to kill [it] with a Spade; and striking at it, the Snake suddenly vanished away, and could no where be found."(31-32)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 31-32

1640 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
1989

Mrs. Stock is is suddenly "taken sick with extraordinary fits, pains and burnings all over her body," after she attempts to kills a mysterious snake in her home. Within a week, in death-throws, she cries out that "Sarah [Hatting] was the cause of her death," and dies. The illness and death happened shortly after Francis Stock fights with William Hatting and insults his wife Sara Hatting and before the death of her two children, who perish in a similar manner shortly after Mrs. Stock.(31-32)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 31-32

1640 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
1990

Francis Stock's daughter dies "within two or three dayes after the death" of his wife. Stock suspects Sara Hatting is culpable for the child's suffering and death. The illness and death happened shortly after Francis Stock fights with William Hatting and insults his wife Sara Hatting and after Mrs. Francis attempts to kill a snakes which unexpectedly appeared in her home, but found upon administering a death blow, that the serpent has disappeared. This Stock daughter is the second to perish in her family; her mother's death precedes hers and a sibling dies shortly after her. (31-32)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 31-32

1640 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
1992

Thomas Westfield gives deposition alleging that he saw William Sommers with swelling behind his ear the size of a walnut that then moved to his eye where it reduced in size but caused a blackness in the eye. When Westfield touched the swelling, it moved, and the eye returned to its natural colour. Westfield witnessed the eye change colour eight more times.(Image 13)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 13

1598, March 20 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
1993

William Sommers, as alleged by Joan Pie in her deposition, would have a clapping or knocking in his bed no-one could discern the source of, and a motion as if kittens were crawling beneath the covers which his minders could not catch; during the knocking he would sometimes cry "now she comes, now she comes, now she will break my neck" and his neck would be thrown about.(Image 15)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 15

1597, October Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
1994

John Strelley gives deposition against William Sommers alleging that he visited Sommers a second time, John Darrell and William Aldred there, and witnessed Sommers violently thrown from where he sat and hit his head against the chimney. After this, Sommers was laid out on the bed and suffered a fit, in which his neck bent double, one of his legs became tremendously heavy, and a swelling was seen to appear on various parts of his body. Strelley also witnessed Sommers gnash his teeth, foam at the mouth, and make a variety of strange noises.(Image 17)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 17

1598, February 20 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
1995

Elizabeth Milward gives deposition against William Sommers alleging that the day Mr. Darrell came to town, Sommers was extremely tormented. At this time, she saw Sommers lay senseless and cold without any discernible breath while his hands became unnaturally black. They gave him aquavitae and other things hoping to revive him, but could not, and he was so heavy he could not be moved. When he finally revived, his first words were "Darrel comes, he will have me out." She adds that the first time she called neighbors to help him, she heard a thumping or knocking from the bed, and putting a hand on the bed, felt it coming from a hollow place above his chest.(Image 18)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 18

1597, November 5 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
1996

John Pare gives deposition against William Sommers alleging that he came to Nottingham to pray for Sommers, and found Mr. Darrell, Mr. Aldridge and others there. They preached and prayed over Sommers through the afternoon, during which Pare saw Sommers grovelling face-down on the bed, and a swelling under his clothes the size of a mouse that moved all over his body. Pare also heard a knocking from the bed in several places at once, which could be felt when Pare put his hand on the bed and was found to be so low that there was no way Sommers could reach with his hand to do it.(Image 18)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 18

1597, November 7 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
1997

John Clerk gives deposition against William Sommers alleging that he heard Sommers in torment one day and went to see him at the home of Thomas Porter, finding him in a fit. During this fit, Sommers said to Edward Garland: "Edward Garland art thou here, how doe thy children, i will have one of them, even the youngest" to which Garland responded that he defied the Devil, that the Devil could have no power over him or his children. When Sommers came to his senses and was dressed to get out of bed, Clerk say a swelling the size of a rat at his breast. Clerk tried to grab the swelling and hold it, finding it to be as soft as a pillow, but it escaped his hand and wend down into Sommers' leg. When asked why he went to see Sommers, Clerk said that he did it to be persuaded after hearing of so many strange things and accidents.(Image 18-19)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 18-19

1597, November 6 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
1998

W. Hunt gives deposition against William Sommers alleging that he saw Sommers in a fit lying as if dead, speaking for a full quarter hour with his lips shut and without moving his mouth or jaws. Hunt also saw a lump the size of a walnut running about Sommers' face, forehead, eyes and to his ears.(Image 19)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 19

1598, March 20 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
2002

Francis Stock's child falls sick, appearing to catch the same disease which appears to have claimed its sister and mother, this child also dies. The illness and death happened shortly after Francis Stock fights with William Hatting and insults his wife Sara Hatting and after Mrs. Francis attempts to kill a snakes which unexpectedly appeared in her home, but found upon administering a death blow, that the serpent has disappeared. This Stock child is the third person to perish in its family; its mother and sister's death precedes this person's demise.(31-32)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 31-32

1640 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
2003

A verbal altercation between Francis Stock's servant, Anonymous 336, and John Hatting, son of William and Sara Hatting, turns into a physical altercation. The "very next day hee was taken sick, and so continued in a pining and languishing condition, crying out often of the said Sarah, that she had bewitched him, and was the cause of his death, which soon after ensued."(31, 32)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 31, 32

1640 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
2020

Sara Barton allegedly receives three familiars from her sister Marian Hockey; they were named Littleman, Pretty-man, and Dainty. (32)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 32

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
2021

Marian Hocket allegedly slices off her witch's marks to avoid detection, according to her sister Sara Barton. (32)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 32

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
2022

Having been promised that they would "do her good." Elizabeth Harvey allegedly receives three familiars from Marian Hocket. After receiving these familiars, "shee was very much pained in those parts of her body where the said teats or bigs were discovered by the said searchers."(33)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 33

1645 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
2052

Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and their confederates offer Joan Simpson money to swear that Anne Levington used witchcraft to take Lady Powel's life, as part of a plot to kill Levington. (3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 3

1651, December Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2053

Anne Hook, in the employ of Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and their confederates, approaches Joan Simpson and successfully persuades her to swear against Anne Levingston by offering Simpson half the six score pounds Hook is being paid to do so herself; Simpson discovers the murder plot against Levingston shortly thereafter and refuses to swear, finding the whole business abominable.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 3

1652, January 10 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2054

Anne Hook, in the employ of Abraham Vandenbemde, Thomas Collet and their confederates, approaches Joan Peterson and offers her money to swear that Anne Levingston had procured powders and seeds from Peterson to help her in her lawsuits, and to provoke unlawful love; Peterson refuses.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 4

1652, January Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2055

Joan Peterson is indicted for bewitching Christopher Wilson, as alleged by Margaret Austin and two other witnesses; Peterson is said to have first cured Wilson then caused him to become ill again after he was unable to pay for her services. Notably, Wilson himself does not claim any such thing, though he is alleged to suffer fits and "rot as he lies". Numerous witnesses are called against her, but give only hearsay; Peterson is able to produce only a few witnesses, and those who do appear to support her are mocked and sent away by the Officer of the Court. (7-8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 7-8

1652, April 7 London (Hicks Hall)     London, City of  Middlesex  England 
2056

A stranger offers to depose in court that Thomas Southwick, a servant of Thomas Cromton's, has been standing in the sessions yard proclaiming Peterson a witch and offering money to anyone who will swear the same in court; when the Justices on the Bench is call for Southwick, he cannot be found. The Recorder is made to take note of it, and an Order given that Southwick is to be brought before the court.(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Declaration in Answer to Several Lying Pamphlets Concerning the Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 8

1652, April 7 London (Hicks Hall)     London, City of  Middlesex  England 
2057

Joan Peterson is alleged to have conspired with another Gentlewoman (presumed to be Anne Levingston) "to administer a potion, or posset, to the Lady Powel," who died shortly after drinking it. (8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Tryall and Examination of Mrs. Joan Peterson. London: 1652, 8

1591 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2058

Joan Peterson, at her trial, allegedly renounces all witchcraft and confesses that "she administer'd not any thing to the Lady, but what was comfortable and nourishing."(8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Tryall and Examination of Mrs. Joan Peterson. London: 1652, 8

1652, April 7 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2065

Joan Cooper sometime during her twenty years as a practicing witch, claims to have acquired "three Familiars, two like Mouses, and the third like a Frog: The names of the two like Mouses, are Jack, and the other Prickeare, and the name of the third like a Frog, is Frog"(38)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38

1625 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2066

Thomas Woodward's child is allegedly bewitched by one of Joan Cooper's familiars (likely Jack or Prickeare) and dies within two weeks. (38)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2067

Two of John Cartwright's children are allegedly bewitched by Anne Cooper's familiar Frog. They die within two or three weeks of the onset of their bewitchment.(38)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2068

Mrs. Parby, wife of George Parby of Great Holland, is allegedly bewitched by Joan Cooper's familiar Frog at her behest. Mrs. Parby dies within three days of the onset of her bewitchment. (38)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2069

Joan Peterson allegedly helped a cow-keeper's wife (Anonymous 342) with a bewitched cow; Peterson first boiled the woman's urine and divined the identity of the bewitcher in the liquid's surface, then advised her on what to do to reverse the bewitchment.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 4

1652 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2070

James Watts is found not guilty of bewitching Anne Huggins so that her body became "wasted and consumed."()

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997,

1678, March 11 Maidstone    Kent  Kent  England 
2071

Joan Peterson is alleged to have a familiar in the shape of a squirrel, which a maidservant saw and heard talking with Peterson through the night; the maidservant is so frightened by this she lay as if in a trance, and the next day recalls hearing every word but was bewitched by hearing it and rendered unable to remember a thing of what was said. Peterson's son also allegedly tells his schoolfellows that his mother can do such strange things because of the squirrel's teachings.(5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 5-6

1652 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2073

The Susan Rawlins / Rowlandson is allegedly bewitched by Anne Cate's (Maidenhead) familiar Prickeare. She dies a short time after. ()

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645,

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2074

John Tillet is allegedly bewitched by Anne Cate (Maidenhead) via her familiar, Prickeare. He dies suddenly. (38, 39)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38, 39

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2075

The child of George Parby is allegedly bewitched by Anne Cate, by virtue of her familiar Sparrow. The Parby child dies immediately at the onset of this bewitchment. Mrs. Parby, wife of George Parby, had allegedly refused to give Anne Cate (Maidenhead) a pint of milk which she requests and Cate sought malefic retribution by bewitching her child.(38, 39)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38, 39

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2077

Mrs. Ray is allegedly bewitched by Anne Cate (Maidenhead) by virtue of her familiar after the two women squabble over a two pence loan. Mrs. Ray dies a short time after.(38, 39)

Appears in:
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 38, 39

1645 Great Holland    Essex  Essex  England 
2090

Elizabeth Stile, while imprisoned at Reading Gaol, gives a full itemized confession, stating that she did much harm to many people through the use of sorcery, witchcraft and enchantments. In this confession, she names numerous others as witches: Father Rosimond and his daughter, Mother Dutton, Mother Devell, Mother Margaret and MIstress Audrey.(Image 5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, Image 5

1579 Readyng    Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2103

Elizabeth Stile alleges in her confession that she came to the gaol of her own accord and that four or five of the ablest men in Windsor could not have brought her if she hadn't wanted to go; she says her familiar Bun came to her in the shape of a black cat on the way to the gaol, and that she had sent him away in the hope of gaining favor through her cooperation.(Image 9-10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, Image 9-10

1579, January Readyng    Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2105

Mistress Bodenham is allegedly beguiled by the Devil, and gives him her "soule Sealed in a bloody scroule."(1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Salisbury Assizes. Or the Reward of Witchcraft. London: 1653, 1

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
2106

Mistress Bodenham, having allegedly signed a deal with the Devil, takes "a looking glasses she had likewise," and uses it to allegedly conjure many things.(1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Salisbury Assizes. Or the Reward of Witchcraft. London: 1653, 1

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
2107

Mistress Bodenham allegedly seduces at the Devil's request "a silly maid," one Anne Styles, by granting her a looking glass which would show "wisdome and true grace." Mistress Bodenham further promises "wealth and ease" to Anne Styles if she learns "her art," and gives her soul to the Devil, all of which Anne Styles agrees to "and seald it with her blood."(1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Salisbury Assizes. Or the Reward of Witchcraft. London: 1653, 1

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
2108

Anne Styles repents after allegedly being seduced by Mistress Bodenham and signing her soul to the Devil, "when she understood That she must loose the joyes of heaven." (1-2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Salisbury Assizes. Or the Reward of Witchcraft. London: 1653, 1-2

1653 Fisherton Anger    Wiltshire  Wiltshire  England 
2110

Elizabeth Stile, in her confession, claims that Mother Margaret came to her after she was apprehended and gave her money, urging her to keep their secrets; Margaret threatens that Stile will suffer hard treatment if she makes a confession.(Image 7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, Image 7

1579, January Readyng    Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
2132

Rose Hallybread dies on June 11, at 2 pm while imprisoned at Colcherster Goal. An inquisition is held and it is concluded that she dies by "by divine visitatiion" or by natural causes.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340842)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340842

1645, June 2 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2133

Joan Cooper dies at 10 am on May 7th, 1645, while imprisoned at Colcherster Goal. An inquisition is held and it is concluded that she dies by "by divine visitatiion" or by natural causes.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340854)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340854

1645, May 7 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2134

Mary Cooke dies at 3pm on May 29, 1645 while imprisoned at Colcherster Goal. An inquisition is held and it is concluded that she dies by "by divine visitatiion" or by natural causes.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340858)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=340858

1645, May 29 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2150

Alice Bradley is indicted at Hampstead in the county of Middlesex for using witchcraft on Richard Philpott so that he languished for twenty days and remained so at the time the text was written. ()

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887,

1567, August 24 Hampstead    Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2151

Alice Bradley is indicted for allegedly using witchcraft in order to kill two young cows belonging to Philip Barrett.(7-8)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 7-8

1568, December 28 Hampstead    Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2152

Alice Bradley is indicted for using witchcraft in order to kill four hogs worth fifty shilling belonging to Robert James.(7-8)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 7-8

1569, January 4 Hampstead    Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2153

Alice Bradley is indicted for allegedly using witchcraft so that Margaret James "languished and wasted in her body for the space of three days."(7-8)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 7-8

1569, February 21 Hampstead    Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2154

Alice Bradley is acquitted of the charge in the case of Robert Phillpot. Bradley had allegedly bewitched Phillpot so that he languished for twenty days and continued so at the time of the trial.(7-8)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 7-8

1567, August 24 Hampstead    Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2155

Alice Bradley is acquitted in the charge in the case of Phillip Barrett. Bradley had allegedly used witchcraft to kill two of Barrett's young cows.(7-8)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 7-8

1568, December 28 Hampstead    Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2156

Alice Bradley is acquitted of the charge in the case of Margaret James. Bradley had allegedly used witchcraft on James so that she languished and wasted in her body for three days (and remained so at the time of the trial). (7-8)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 7-8

1569, February 21 Hampstead    Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2157

Alice Bradley is acquitted of the charge in the case of Robert James. Bradley had allegedly used witchcraft in order to kill four of his hogs worth fifty shillings.(7-8)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 7-8

1569, January 4 Hampstead    Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2184

Elizabeth Burgiss' mother's house in Astead, three miles from Yowell, is allegedly plagued by strange occurrences during Elizabeth's visit. Her grandfather's britches are found on the roof above his bed, large quantities of nuts and acorns are seen to fly about, the pewter dances around the house and hits a gentleman in the back, and a fiddle was found in various places about the house before vanishing entirely.(5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Strange and Wonderful News from Yowel in Surry giving a True and Just Account of One Elizabeth Burgiss. London: 1681, 5

1681, October 9 Astead    Surrey  Surrey  England 
2208

Agnes Godfrey is indicted for allegedly practicing witchcraft upon a steer, a pig, a little pig and a mare belonging to William Durante. All the animals die. (57-58)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 57-58

1572, November 30 Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2209

Agnes Godfrey allegedly uses witchcraft upon a steer, a pig, a little pig, and a mare belonging to William Durante. (57-58)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 57-58

1572, November Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2211

Agnes Godfrey is indicted for allegedly practicing witchcraft upon Frances Baker causing her to become ill, weak and wasted in body. She remained in that state at the time of the indictment. (57-58)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 57-58

1572, December 5 Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2212

Agnes Godfrey allegedly practices witchcraft upon Frances Baker, causing her to become sick, weak, and wasted in body. (57-58)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 57-58

1610, December 5 Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2213

Agnes Godfrey allegedly practices witchcraft on Jasper Tappes causing him to die six days later.(57-58)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 57-58

1573, June Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2214

Agnes Godfrey allegedly practices witchcraft on an one year old infant named Thomas Phillippes, causing him to die four days later. (57-58)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 57-58

1571, January 1 Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2215

Agnes Godfrey allegedly practices witchcraft on William Harvye, causing him to die within days.(57-58)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 57-58

1572, January Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2216

Agnes Godfrey is indicted for allegedly practicing witchcraft on Jasper Tappes, causing him to die within a week. (57-58)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 57-58

1569, January 4 Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2217

Agnes Godfrey is indicted for allegedly practicing witchcraft on Thomas Phillips, causing him to die within a few days. (57-58)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 57-58

1571, January Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2218

Agnes Godfrey is indicted for allegedly practicing witchcraft on William Harvye, causing him to die within three days. (57-58)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 57-58

1573, January Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2219

Agnes Godfrey pleads not guilty to practicing witchcraft on animals belonging to William Durante (causing them to die), Frances Baker, Thomas Phillippes, Jasper Tappes, and William Harvye. (57-58)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 57-58

1571 Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2220

Agnes Godfrey is found guilty of killing William Durante's steere, pig, little pig and mare in accordance with the first indictment, and guilty of killing Thomas Phillippes by witchcrafts. She is, however, found not guilty as to the other indictments, which include: practicing witchcraft on Frances Baker, causing her to become sick, weak and wasted in body; practicing witchcraft on Jasper Tappes, causing him to die within a week; practicing witchcraft on William Harvye, casuing him to die within a few days. Her sentence is unknown. (57-58)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 57-58

1571 Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2221

Agnes Godfrey allegedly practices witchcraft on William Durante, causing him to languish and become "wasted" and his body to become greatly injured. William Durante allegedly suffers in this state for fourteen days.(79-80)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 79-80

1575, April 7 Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2222

Agnes Godfrey is indicted for allegedly practicing witchcraft on William Durante, causing him to languish, become "wasted," and his body to become greatly injured. (79-80)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 79-80

1575, April Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2223

Agnes Godfrey allegedly practices witchcraft on William Coxe, causing him to languish for exactly one year, at which point he died. (79-80)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 79-80

1575, April 7 Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2224

Agnes Godfrey is indicted for allegedly practicing witchcraft on William Coxe, causing him to die exactly one year later. (79-80)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 79-80

1576, April Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2225

Agnes Godfrey allegedly practices witchcraft on Robert Coxe, causing him to languish for a year and then die.(79-80)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 79-80

1575, July 2 Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2226

Agnes Godfrey is indicted for having allegedly practiced witchcraft on Robert Coxe, causing him to die a year later.(79-80)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 79-80

1575, July 2 Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2227

Agnes Godfrey allegedly practices witchcraft on a man, causing him to suffer for a month and then die.(79-80)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 79-80

1575, March 7 Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2228

Agnes Godfrey is indicted for allegedly practicing witchcraft on an unnamed man (Anonymous 378), causing him to die a month later.(79-80)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 79-80

1575, April Enfield (London Borough of Enfield)    London, Greater  London  England 
2254

Joan Hunt allegedly practices witchcraft upon a three year old infant named John Nutting. Nutting sickens and languishes for three days and then dies. (110, 218)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 110, 218

1578, March 28 Hampstead    Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2255

Joan Hunt is indicted for allegedly practicing witchcraft upon a three year old infant named John Nutting. Nutting sickened and languished for a few days and then died. (110, 218)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 110, 218

1579, April 13 Hampstead    Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2256

Joan Hunt pleads not guilty to having practiced witchcraft upon John Nutting, causing him to sicken, languish, and die. She is, however, found guilty and sentenced to hang. (110, 218)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 110, 218

1579, April 21 Hampstead    Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2257

Joan and William Hunt allegedly bewitch Ales James and Richard Parrett, causing them to become lame. (110, 218)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 110, 218

1578, May 6 Hampstead    Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2258

Joan and William Hunt are indicted for allegedly bewitching Ales James and Richard Parrett, rendering them both lame. (110, 218)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 110, 218

1578, May 6 Hampstead    Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2259

Joan and William Hunt plead not guilty to bewitching Ales James and Richard Parrett, causing James and Parrett to become lame. They are acquitted of the charges. (110, 218)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 110, 218

1578, May 6 Hampstead    Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2275

Margaret Gurr is visited by a gray devil on July 20, 1681, while she lying in Bed. The Devil "took me by the Wrists and Hands and held them so very tall, that I could not wag or stir them," and griped her so hard that her hands swelled and ached for a whole day afterward. When Margaret Gurr tried to rise, the Devil would not let her, but as soon as he left, she "was in good ease."(2)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 2

1681, July 20     Kent  Cantia  England 
2276

Margaret Gurr goes about her work after being visited by a grey devil on July 20, 1681, and is "taken with a most grievous pain in my Neck," and in her head. These pains last an entire afternoon.(2)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 2

1681, July 20     Kent  Cantia  England 
2277

While experiencing "a most grievous pain" in her neck and head, Margaret Gurr is visited by a black Devil who stared at her awhile before vanishing, after which her "pains were abated."(2)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 2

1681, July 20     Kent  Cantia  England 
2278

Margaret Gurr takes ill on August 4, 1681, and is possessed by a black Devil, who uses her body to speak, "wishing sad Wishes, and most ughly Shreiking noises," and to curse and swear. This recurs on the following day, August 5, 1681.(2-3)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 2-3

1681, August 4     Kent  Cantia  England 
2279

Dorothy Magicke allegedly practices witchcraft upon Thomas Poole and Thomazine Heathe. (218)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 218

1575, July     Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2280

Dorothy Magicke is indicted for allegedly practicing witchcraft upon Thomas Poole and Thomazine Heathe. (218)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 218

1575, July 18     Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2281

Dorothy Magicke pleads not guilty to the charge of practicing witchcraft upon Thomas Poole and Thomazine Heathe. She is, however, found guilty and sentenced to a minimum of four years in prison. (218)

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 2: 1603-25. Unknown: 1887, 218

1575, July 18     Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
2282

Margaret Gurr is allegedly possessed by a witch on August 5, 1861, where "she spake in me with most hideous and strange Noises," and demands that Margaret Gurr not go to Dr. Skinner for help. The witch promises that if she does not seek Dr. Skinner, she "shall be well." Margaret Gurr experiences "a most lamentable pain in my Limbs" during this possession, and she was tempted not to pray, "but curse and sware."(3-4)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 3-4

1681, August 5     Kent  Cantia  England 
2283

Margaret Gurr is "hitcht up by the Devils," and carried about in the air, while she was fetching water on August 6, 1681.(4)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 4

1681, August 6     Kent  Cantia  England 
2284

Dr. Skinner advises Margaret Gurr to pray "when [...] tempted." When she yields to temptations, Margaret Gurr goes "flying in the Air;" for a second time. However, when she prays, Margaret Gurr is "in good ease."(4)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 4

1681     Kent  Cantia  England 
2285

A witch (Anonymous 382) speaks for a second time through possession of Margaret Gurr, saying, "Go you not to that Devil Doctor Skinner for help."(4)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 4

1681     Kent  Cantia  England 
2286

While Margaret Gurr is "in the Chamber with the [...] Devil," down the stairs by her master and his family, strange voices speak, and there was a "great lumberings and clatter [...] as if the Chairs and Stools had been thrown about the Chamber." Margaret Gurr concludes that if she had not been cured quickly, her master and his family would have been forced to leave the house.(4-5)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 4-5

1681     Kent  Cantia  England 
2287

The master and mistress of Margaret Gurr, Christopher Elderidge and his wife, pray for Margaret Gurr while she is possessed by "the Devils and the Witch, that there was continual Noises and Voice speaking in me, and I was always moveable." The Elderidges admit to being terrified of Margaret Gurr during her possession.(5)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 5

1681     Kent  Cantia  England 
2288

Dr. Skinner cast out the Devils and witch from Margaret Gurr, "and also Cured me of the Scurby and Gout," in a period of twelve days. After being restored to her health, Margaret Gurr is no longer troubled by the Devils.(5-6)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 5-6

1681     Kent  Cantia  England 
2289

After being restored by Dr. Skinner and cured of her possession by two devils and a witch, Margaret Gurr is able to "read the Divine word of God," having before her affliction, no knowledge of "any Letters in the Bible or Testament." Blessed with the power to read, Margaret Gurr allegedly spends her time in reading and in prayers after her affliction.(6)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 6

1681     Kent  Cantia  England 
2290

During her possession and torture caused by two devils and a witch, Margaret Gurr's brother and friends avoided her, and continue to so after Margaret Gurr is cured, "being still afraid."(6-7)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 6-7

1681     Kent  Cantia  England 
2291

A young seventeen-year old male servant of Henry Chowning allegedly had "appear unto him a Spirit in the form of a Grey-hound," which told him he must go into Virginia, before vanishing.(8)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 8

1681     Kent  Cantia  England 
2292

Upon being visited by a devil in the shape of a greyhound, a young servant returns to his master, Henry Chowning, and told what had happened to him. Shortly afterward, the servant becomes strangely ill, and "grew worse and worse," so that his neighbours suppose him to be bewitched. Henry Chowning and his neighbours decide to seek out help for him.(8)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 8

1681     Kent  Cantia  England 
2293

Edward Nyndge allegedly has Peter Bencham, Curate of the Town, conjure the spirit possessing Alexander Nyndge so he might force it to declare its name and origins. The spirit tells Edward that its name is Aubon, and it is from Ireland, and, when the fourth chapter of St. Matthew is read, claims that God is its master, and Aubon is His Disciple. (A5)

Appears in:
Nyndge, Edward. A True and Fearefull Vexation of one Alexander Nyndge being Most Horribly Tormented with the Deuill. London: 1615, A5

1615 Lyeringswell    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2294

Edward Nyndge allegedly reads the eighth chapter of St. Luke, in which Christ calls out Devils, causing Aubon to cry out and monstrously deform and horribly torment Alexander Nyndge. Following the reading, the crowd prays for God to removed the spirit; Edward had a window opened so it may depart, and shortly thereafter Alexander's body is said to have returned to its proper shape. Alexander leaped up, saying "Hee is gone, he is gone, Lord I thanke thee." (A5)

Appears in:
Nyndge, Edward. A True and Fearefull Vexation of one Alexander Nyndge being Most Horribly Tormented with the Deuill. London: 1615, A5

1615, July 22 Lyeringswell    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2295

Alexander Nyndge has another fit at four in the morning, despite his seeming dispossession that evening, in which his body trembles. Edward Nyndge tells him to repeat "Speake for mee my Saviour Jesus Christ;" though Alexander continues trembling, his belly swells only a little bit. After half an hour, Edward has him read from the Bible and leads him in a prayer.(A5 - A6)

Appears in:
Nyndge, Edward. A True and Fearefull Vexation of one Alexander Nyndge being Most Horribly Tormented with the Deuill. London: 1615, A5 - A6

1615, July 23 Lyeringswell    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2296

Alexander Nyndge allegedly suffers a fit of disfigurement and swelling the morning after he had been thought dispossessed; Edward Nyndge bids to stand firm to his hope of salvation. Aubon causes the ear Edward had spoken into to shrivel like an unripe walnut. At this sight, Edward calls Peter Bencham, Curate of the Town, to the house and sets him to read Scripture aloud while Edward addressed consolations to Alexander's remaining ear. Aubon is finally successfully conjured to depart and cease tormenting Alexander.(A7)

Appears in:
Nyndge, Edward. A True and Fearefull Vexation of one Alexander Nyndge being Most Horribly Tormented with the Deuill. London: 1615, A7

1615, July 23 Lyeringswell    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2297

Henry Chowning sends for Dr. John Skinner to come and treat his servant, who had taken ill after seeing an apparition of a greyhound. Dr. Skinner concludes that the boy is "possest with a Devil in the shape of a Greay-hound," through the boy's pain; admonitions that "he was tempted in his mind, and was led on and tempted to strange things, as to go to Sea;" and the boy's speaking in a voice that was not his own. (9-13)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 9-13

1681     Kent  Cantia  England 
2298

Dr. Skinner finds that a young servant boy "possest with a Devil in the shape of a Greay-hound" is much less ill around the doctor, and gives the boy an "order for the putting up of Medicines, for the means must be speedy, or else it cannot be performed." The boy takes the medicine, and within a week, the boy's mother reported that "he was much ammended," and that the evil spirit had been cast out of him.(9-13)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 9-13

1681     Kent  Cantia  England 
2299

After being treated by Dr. Skinner, a young servant boy who had been "possest with a Devil in the shape of a Greay-hound" complains of "a pain in his belly." Dr. Skinner accordingly sends more medicine, and within eighteen days, the boy is restored, and "neither hath any thing attempted to trouble him since."(13)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 13

1681     Kent  Cantia  England 
2306

Goody Halle experiences a mysterious, "most lamentable pain in her head, neer her Eye," during both night and day, preventing her from resting. Many doctors examined her, but "ere no good."(12)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 12

1681 Seavenock    Kent  Kent  England 
2307

Goody Hall visits Dr. Skinner during her mysterious illness, and "was at ease immediately, and [...] Cured from that time," and remains in good health afterward.(12)

Appears in:
Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 12

1681 Seavenock    Kent  Kent  England 
2308

Joseph Buxford, the fifteen year old son of the wool worker, John Buxford in Bow in the county of Devon, "being a stubborne and untowardly Boy," decided he did not want to be an apprentice to a weaver, as his father desired. He "secretly departed away to the Kings Army" after a month, where at "the defeat with the Cavaliers received at Langport-Moore," Joseph Buxford is "stripped and turned into rages," so he was left with no choice but to return home. His father entreats him to return to the weaver, but "no perswasions or entreaties could prevaile or worke upon the forward disposion of this obstinate and disobedient Boy," which caused his father to swear "in great fury," and to promise "he would bin him Apprentice to the Devill, which rash and in considerate threatenings, he often times used and repeated." John Buxford further promises to "put the same in execution."(2)

Appears in:
Massey, Edward. A True and Perfect Relation of a Boy, Who was Entertained by the Devill. London: 1645, 2

1645 Bow    Devon  Devon  England 
2320

After eight days in Hell, Joseph Buxford is "conveyed backe again to a place named Cannon Lee in Devon," as originally agreed in the contract with the Devil, under the guise of a carrier. He is discovered "by two honest Labourers being servants to Mr. Justice Cullum," under a hedge. He does not answer to words, but is "speechlesse, and his hands and legs strangely distorted, his haire of his head singyd, his cloathes all be smeared with pitch and rosin, and other sulfurous matter." They take him back to their master's house.(4)

Appears in:
Massey, Edward. A True and Perfect Relation of a Boy, Who was Entertained by the Devill. London: 1645, 4

1645, November 13     Devon  Devonshire  England 
2321

Joseph Buxford is found by two labourers in a hedge after he has been expelled from Hell, who take him "home to there Masters house," where is given clothing, a warm bed and "some nourishing broth." He is so revived by this, that he confesses "unto them his name, birth-place, and his strange journey with the Devill." At first, this seemed ridiculous to the justice, but after consideration was made for the manner in which he was found, and confirmation of his father in the "manner of his departure," it is concluded he is telling the truth.(4)

Appears in:
Massey, Edward. A True and Perfect Relation of a Boy, Who was Entertained by the Devill. London: 1645, 4

1645     Devon  Devonshire  England 
2322

Joseph Buxford, a fifteen year old boy who toured Hell with the Devil after having binded himself as an Apprentice to the Devil in the disguise of a carrier, is attended to by the minister, Mr. Jonathan Gainwell, who is "very zealous and godly." The minister gives the boy "pious admonitions of obedience," and listened to Joseph Buxford's testimonies of penitence "of his former lewd courses," and his reconciliation with his father, "with whom he now liveth and is almost cured of that distortion of his members." His experience is deemed "a stupendious Miracle."(4)

Appears in:
Massey, Edward. A True and Perfect Relation of a Boy, Who was Entertained by the Devill. London: 1645, 4

1645     Devon  Devonshire  England 
2323

Major General Massie receives a "true information" from Mr. Justice Cullum and Mr. Jonathan Gainwell, a minister, on the case of Joseph Buxford, and his eight days spent in Hell as the apprentice to the Devil, as he contracted when the Devil was under the disguise of a carrier. This news is "the noveltie thereof [...] much admired by all that ever heard it," and prompts Major General Massie to send a letter with "a Box of Reliques with a great Crucifix found in Tiverton Church," as evidence to Mr. Davenports Chesire in London.(5-6)

Appears in:
Massey, Edward. A True and Perfect Relation of a Boy, Who was Entertained by the Devill. London: 1645, 5-6

1645, November 18     Devon  Devonshire  England 
2324

On the same day the Devil delivers Joseph Buxford from Hell, he assumed his shape as a carrier again, and encounted "stragling Troopers of the Malignant Party," who attempted to steal his horses. However, "the Carrier and his Horses suddainely vanished away in the flames of fire," killing three of the plunderers, and leaving the rest "so terribly shaken and almost stifled with the noisome sent of Brimstone, that they hardly escaped to carry newes in this strange accident."(6)

Appears in:
Massey, Edward. A True and Perfect Relation of a Boy, Who was Entertained by the Devill. London: 1645, 6

1645, November 13     Devon  Devonshire  England 
2325

Dorothy Durent gives deposition alleging that, despite Amy Denny's dire prediction that she would live to see some of her children dead, baby William recovered immediately after the toad was burnt, and was still living at the time of the assizes.(11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 11

1662, March 10 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2326

Dorothy Durent alleges in her deposition that she went to the apothecary one day to get something to help her daughter Elizabeth with her fits and returned to find Amy Denny in her house. When she asked Denny what she was doing there, Denny claimed to be checking on Elizabeth to give her water. Durent, angry to have Denny in her house, thrust her out, at which time Denny said to her "You need not be so angry, for your Child will not live long."(11-12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 11-12

1662, March 10 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2327

Samuel Pacy alleges in his deposition that, while Amy Denny was in the stocks, Alice Letteridge and Jane Buxton approached her, demanded to know the cause of Deborah Pacy's affliction, and told Denny that she was suspected to be the cause herself. Denny replied that Pacy was making a great deal of fuss over his daughter, and that when her child had suffered a similar affliction, she had tapped out a tooth to feed it. Letteridge and Buxton confirmed this account in their own depositions.(21-22)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 21-22

1661, October 28 Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2328

Margaret Arnold gave deposition in court that Elizabeth and Deborah Pacy claimed to see Rose Cullender and Amy Denny after their fits. On one occasion, Deborah said that Amy Denny had tried to convince her to commit suicide. At another, both girls cried out complaining that Cullender and Denny had set their imps on them, and demanded to know why they didn't torment them themselves.(32-33)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 32-33

1661, Fall Leystoff    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2330

Elizabeth Lowe is indicted at assizes in Colchester for bewitching Robert Wodley so that he languished until May 1st at which point he died. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331640)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331640

1564, July 21 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2331

Elizabeth Lowes pleads not guilty to bewitching Robert Wodley. She is found guilty and so pleads pregnancy. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331640)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331640

1564, July 21 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2335

Elizabeth Lowe is indicted for allegedly bewitching John Canell, a three year old infant, causing him to languish and die.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331645)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331645

1564, July 21 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2336

Elizabeth Lowe pleads not guilty to bewitching John Canell, causing him to languish and die. She is found guilty and then pleads pregnancy.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331645)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331645

1564, July 21 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2338

Elizabeth Lowe is indicted for allegedly bewitching John Wodley, a three month old infant. Wodley languished for two days and then died. (http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331635)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331635

1564, July 21 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2339

Elizabeth Lowe pleads not guilty to bewitching John Wodley. She is found guilty and then pleads pregnancy.(http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331635)

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011, http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.asp?DocID=331635

1564, July 21 Colchester    Essex  Essex  England 
2345

A man (Anonymous 395) in Dorset-shire, neighbour to a minister, who was "a poor Labouring Man," found "a Shilling under his Door," every morning for "a long time." He told no one of these coins, or how he found them, so that "he buying some Sheep or Swine, and seeming Rich," and his "Neighbours marvelled how he came by it." (Anonymous 396)(46)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 46

1645 Evershot    Dorset  Dorsetshire  England 
2346

A man (Anonymous 385) from Evershot, who was "a poor Labouring Man" admits to his neighbours (Anonymous 386), including two ministers, how he found "a Shilling under his Door," which allowed him to buy "some Sheep or Swine, and seeming Rich." As soon as he confesses to this magic, he "was suddenly struck Lame and Bed-rid," as witnessed by his neighbours.(47)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 47

1645 Evershot    Dorset  Dorsetshire  England 
2362

The Colonel Venables "had a Soldier (Anonymous 403) in his Army that came out of Ireland," who was very "pale and sad, and pined." The soldier confesses that he was a servant "to one that carried Stockins and such ware about to sell," but he "had Murdered his Master" for his money, and "buried him in such a place." After, the man fled to Ireland, and became a soldier. However, for "a long time, " when "he lay alone," a spirit in the form of a "headless Man, stood by his Bed," saying to him "Wilt thou yet confess?" This continued until the spirit seemed "a Bed-fellow," still saying "Wilt thou yet confess," which causes his confession. The man is sentenced to go to Hispaniola, "in stead of Death, where vengeance followed him." (57-58)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 57-58

1670 London (Queen's Chapel at St. James' Palace)    London, City of  Middlesex  England 
2382

Elizabeth Sawyer alleges in her confession to Henry Goodcole that it had been three weeks since she had last seen the Devil. He had not visited her in prison, and she had lost her fear of him.(D1)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, D1

1621, April 17 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
2383

Elizabeth Sawyer alleges in her confession to Henry Goodcole that she would stroke the Devil's back when he visited her and he would contentedly wag hits tail. His size and colour varied: He would be small and white when she prayed, and the rest of the time bigger and black.(D1-D2)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, D1-D2

1621, April 17 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
2384

Elizabeth Sawyer alleges in her confession to Henry Goodcole that she was confessing to avoid shame, that everything she had said was the truth before God. She added, at the end of the confession, "I doe it to cleere my conscience, and now hauing done it, I am the more quiet, and the better prepared, and willing thereby to suffer death; for I haue no hope at all of my life, although I must confesse, I would liue longer if I might."(D2)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, D2

1621, April 17 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
2385

Elizabeth Sawyer is executed April 19, 1621 at Newgate Prison. Just before her execution, Henry Goodcole reads her confession back to her before the audience come to witness her death. She affirms the confession as accurate, and asks all present to pray to God for forgiveness for her sins.(D2-D3)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, D2-D3

1621, April 19 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
2388

As a small boy, Thomas Woodcock head a well in Oundle in Northamptonshire "drum like any Drum beating a March." The first he heard this, was "about the Scots coming into England." The well was at a distance from him, so Thomas Woodcock "went and put [his] Head into the Mouth of the Well, and heard it distinctly." Further, there was "no Body in the Well." The drumming allegedly lasts "several Days and Nights, so as all the Country-People came to hear it." The well was rumoured to drum "on several Changes of Times."(157)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 157

1650 Oundle    Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
2389

As a full grown man, Thomas Woodcock returns to Oundle, where he lived as a boy, upon the death of King Charles II. The innkeeper tells Thomas Woodcock that "their Well had drumm'd" of its own accord, as it did when he was a child and the Scots were coming into England. The well is believed to drum "on several Changes of Times." Going to the well, Thomas Woodcok "heard, it drumm'd once since." (157)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 157

1685 Oundle    Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
2390

Mr. Harlakenden, a man from Essex, lives in a house with a chamber over "a Tomb-House." The chamber was occupied by "his Butler, Robert Crow, and William, his Coach-man." At two in the morning, every night, "there was always the sound of a great Bell tolling." This is verified when Mr. Harlakenden sleeps in the chamber one night, and rises at one a clock. When the bell tolls at two, he is in "a Fright and Sweat." When his servants wake, they say, "Hark, Tom is at his Sport," which reassures Mr. Harlakenden.(157)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 157

1691 Colne (Colne Priory)    Essex  Essex  England 
2391

Mr. Thomas Shepherd, "with some other Ministers, and good People," visits Mr. Harlakenden in his house at Colne Priory, where within a chamber built above a tomb-house, "the sound of a great Bell" could be heard tolling every night at two in the morning. The ministers gather and "spent a Night in Prayer, and had some respect to the place," and so by "serving God, to cast out the Devil." After the night of prayers, "never was any such noise heard in the Chamber."(158)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 158

1691 Colne (Colne Priory)    Essex  Essex  England 
2397

Colonel Rich of Essex, takes in Mr. Tyro, a man who "was exercised before he came a Sick-Resident under [Colonel Rich's] Roof." Colonel Rich truly believes Mr. Tyro was possessed and exercised, "by some Discourse I had with him aftewrads, during his Sickness," and on the account provided by his wife, to whom Mr. Tyro confessed the truth "to her only."(197)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 197

1629 Stondon Massey (Stondon Hall)    Essex  Essex  England 
2398

Mr. Tyro confesses to the Lady Rich, whose household he is staying while in an illness after an exorcism, that one evening when he was returning to his lodgings, "being then in a good degree of Health, and in a serious frame, meditating by the way," he heard a voice say to him, "You shall die and not pass your five and thirtieth Year of Age." When Mr. Tyro looked around him, he could see no body, and was "into great Consternation and Sweat," which he would compare to "drops of Blood." Mr. Tyro is convinced it was an "auricular Voice," and no "Melancholy Fancy." Although Mr. Tyro prays, he cannot shake the impression. He dies in January 1630, a full seven months before he turned 36.(199-200)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 199-200

1629 Stondon Massey (Stondon Hall)    Essex  Essex  England 
2399

The shoe-maker, Peter Pain, living in the city of Bristol, "was extreamly disturbed with most surprizing and unaccountable noises for some time." One night, around midnight, "the usual noise was accompanied with so great a light through the whole House, as if every Room had been full of burning Tapers, or Torches."(164-165)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 164-165

1638     Bristol  Bristol  England 
2400

Peter Pain, a shoemaker from Bristol, turned to Mr. Toogood, the minister, to visit his house, which was troubled by "unaccountable noises," and one night, "so great a light through the whole House, as if every Room had been full of burning Tapers, or Torches." As soon as Mr. Toogood entered the house, "he became an Ear-witness of the most dreadful and accustomed noises." The minister goes to a chamber, where at one end lay "a large bulky Trunk," that was so heavy, "four or five men were not able to lift it." Here, the minister prayed, during which time, "the noise continued" when suddenly "something was flung against the Chamber door, with extraordinary violence." When the prayer had ended, the minister could not open the chamber door. The neighbours had to be called, and they found "the door barr'd close with the great Trunk aforesaid." It was concluded that the trunk was "cast there in that violent manner, when they heard that mighty shock against the door." However, after this, the noise ceased, and came no more.(165-166)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 165-166

1638     Bristol  Bristol  England 
2422

A schoolmistress (Anonymous 418) in Winchester, who "had been very honestly and well educated," was foretold by a woman (Anonymous 419) "that had been of evil fame among the neighbours, and suspected of divers ill practices." This began when the suspected women came to the house of the schoolmistress, and asked her to lend some "small changing money," which the schoolmistress refused to do. This caused the suspected woman to tell her "she had such a piece about it her, and it should be better if she had lent it to her." The suspected woman then "departed from the house muttering."(189 - 190)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 189 - 190

1667 Winchester    Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
2423

A schoolmistress (Anonymous 418) from Winchester saw one evening "a monstrous great Toad walking upon all four like a Cat" coming from the house of a woman (Anonymous 419) who had forespoken her for not giving coin, "directly towards her." The schoolmistress goes into her house, and "desired her husband to get some Instrument, wherewithal to dispatch that monstrous vermin." When her husband (Anonymous 420) met with the toad in the entrance of the house, "and before he had the power to strike at it," the toad "rusht suddenly into another room, and was never seen afterwards."(190)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 190

1667 Winchester    Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
2424

A schoolmistress (Anonymous 418) from Winchester is taken with "most Tormenting Fits," beginning the night she was visited by a familiar in the shape of a toad, belonging to a woman (Anonymous 419) who "muttered" to her when she refused to share coin. Although the schoolmistress had been a "brisk healthy woman," she was taken with "violent prickings and pains," which made her feel as if "her inside had been stuck with pins, needles, or thorns." Her urine was lined with "an abundance of blood" because of it. This was the beginning of frequent fits.(190-191)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 190-191

1667 Winchester    Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
2425

When a schoolmistress (Anonymous 418) from Winchester experiences numerous fits, "sometimes twice or thrice in one day, sometimes whole days together," these were always preceded by the coming "into the Room a vast large Cat," and "after that another," until there were somewhere between seven or nine cats in the room. These would "crawl about, and stick against the walls," and they would make "dreadful yelling, hideous noises," for near a quarter of an hour. After the cats would suddenly disappear, and instead, a great light, "like a flash of lightning," would strike at the window, and light would hand off the walls in different rooms for between an hour and the entire night, "shining through the Windows into the Street, and visible to the Neighbours." During the light, the schoolmistress was "in the highest extremity of Misery," and would cry out the name of the "suspected party" responsible for her fits, a woman of "evil fame" (Anonymous 419). The schoolmistress experiences fits for near 17 years, from the age of forty, and they "reduced [her] strait well proportioned body to a very crooked deformity."(191 - 192)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 191 - 192

1667 Winchester    Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
2426

A number of physicians (Anonymous 420) who examine a schoolmistress (Anonymous 419) in Winchester afflicted by a number of fits, were "all of the opinion that the inner parts of her body were wounded by some Diabolical Art." They asked her to move houses, which she did, "but it proved no purpose, for the evil Instrument followed her there also." Further, the chickens she attempted to keep in both places for many years would "suddenly turn round, twisting their Necks several times about, until they were dead," further proving that the "Diabolical Art" followed her.(192)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 192

1667 Winchester    Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
2427

A schoolmistress (Anonymous 418) from Winchester, afflicted by fits, "kept two Cats of her own." However, if the cats (Anonymous 171) which appeared when the schoolmistress experienced her fits appeared, believed to be the familiars of a woman of "evil fame" (Anonymous 419), then the schoolmistress' cats "would fly as if they were Devil-drove," including into the fire, the oven, and the chimney, "any way to avoid the room." Afterwards, these cats could never "be brought to enjoy themselves," but instead, "starved, and pin'd away after a piteous manner."(192)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 192

1667 Winchester    Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
2428

A seventeen year old man (Anonymous 421) from Winchester, who is the son of a schoolmistress suffering from fits, was a "strong and healthful youth for his years," but upon visiting his mother (Anonymous 418), he was "taken after a most dreadful manner, in raving, and frantick Fits." During these fits, "five or six men could not old him," and he could leap so high his head would be "against the Cieling." He would also "catch up a Knife, Pen-knife, or Razor," and attempt to "cut his own. Throat" or some other "mischief." During his fits, he would cry out in a "frightful manner" that the woman suspected of bewitching his mother (Anonymous 419) was close to him, and commanded him to do these things, "or else she would strangle him, or choke him with pins." In order to protect him during his fits, all sharp objects and his pockets had to be constantly cleared.(192 - 193)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 192 - 193

1667 Winchester    Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
2429

When a young man from Winchester (Anonymous 421) suffers from fits, afterwards, he allegedly vomits "Pins, and Needles, in great abundance," a classic sign of possession. The young man is believed to be bewitched by a woman "of evil fame" (Anonymous 419). The young man afterwards is very weak, and "forced to keep his Bed several days."(193)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 193

1667 Winchester    Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
2431

One day, when a young man from Winchester (Anonymous 421) was "in the height of one of his Fits," his mother (Anonymous 418) saw the woman believed responsible for causing the fits (Anonymous 419) to be "scrambling against the wall of the room." She immediately called out to her husband, "John, John! There is the Witch (naming of the Party) run her through with your Sword!" Upon hearing this, John "darted his Sword at the place she directed him." His wife observed that he had cut the hand of the suspected woman. It was observed by others that the woman (Anonymous 419) "had a lame hand for a considerable time after."(194)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 194

1667 Winchester    Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
2432

A schoolmistress from Winchester (Anonymous 418) who finds herself suffering from a number of fits, would "often repair to the Church." However, if the "Malevolent" woman (Anonymous 419) was there, who was suspected to be responsible for causing those fits as an act of witchcraft, then the schoolmistress "had not the power to enter," but could only stay on the porch, or by the window.(194)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 194

1667 Winchester    Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
2433

A young man from Winchester (Anonymous 421), and the son of a schoolmistress (Anonymous 418), suffered from "amazing Fits" for five years. During one of these fits, the young man "ran away," and was never seen "nor heard of since." It is believed that a woman of "evil fame" (Anonymous 419) was responsible for causing these fits.(194)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 194

1667 Winchester    Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
2434

A schoolmistress from Winchester (Anonymous 418) who suffered from violent fits, thought to be caused by a woman of "evil fame" (Anonymous 419) continued to experience fits for seventeen years, from the age of 40 to 57. After seventeen years "in that languished state," she "died of pain and grief," but still with her "vigorous Faculties." The suspected woman (Anonymous 419) died some five years after. The schoolmistress believed that others than the suspected woman (Anonymous 419) "contributed to her misery." (194)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 194

1667 Winchester    Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
2435

A Falconer (Anonymous 422) who was "very fond of a Book by night," and a Huntsman (Anonymous 423) who was "much devoted to a glass of Liquour," converse, and the Huntsman tells the Falconer that "Falconers used to look upwards and blaspheme." At night, the falconer "betook himself to a certain Book he had got out of the Chaplains Chamber." Having read only some of it, the falconer then say "something come to the side of the Bed, which he could have wisht farther off: the frightful Goblin." The Goblin (Anonymous 172) reminds the falconer of the conversation he had had with the huntsman, where in he was said to be "looking upwards, and Blaspheming," and he goes in a fright to explain what happened to the Huntsman, "but all he could get of his drousy Companion, was only this; Good Devil do not mistake, for that is the Falconer," before the Huntsman fell back to sleep. This left the falconer in a "deep consternation," causing me to seek "some of the Neighbour Lodgers," including the Chaplain (Anonymous 424) whose house he was staying at. The Huntsman began to be "very Troublesome," and the Chaplain discharged him, and advised the Falconer "hereafter to peruse no Books."(196 - 198)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 196 - 198

1680 Sherborne    Dorset  Dorsetshire  England 
2436

The man, Mr. Edmund Ansty, a shopkeeper, was returning home from the Woodbery-Hil Fair on "a good Horse," when he was overtaken "by a dark night" about a dozen miles from his home. However, Mr. Edmund Ansty resolved to continue until he reached his house, when suddenly, "his Horse rushed very violently with him against one side of the Bank," all the while "snorting and trembling very much," so that he could not control the horse. They went "nearer to the Bushes," and Mr. Edmund Ansty heard "the Hedges crack with a dismal noise." He perceived the, in front of him, "a large Circle of a duskish light, about the bigness of a very large Wheel, and in it he perfectly saw the proportion of a huge Bear, as if it had been by day-light." This apparition (Anonymous 173) passed by him, looking "gashfully at him, shewing a pair of very large flaming Eyes." The horse then "sprung into the road," and galloped home so quickly, that there was no way to "rein him in," and Mr. Edmund Ansty "had much ado to keep the Saddle."(199-201)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 199-201

1624 South Petherton    Somerset  Somerset  England 
2437

A man (Anonymous 425) riding to the parish of St. Nicholas, near Tanton, "saw just before him, on the side of the hill, a great company of People, that seemed to him like Country Folks," who seemed to be gathered at a fair. This fair had "Pewterers, Shoe-makers, Pedlars, with all kind of Trinkets, Fruit, and drinking Booths," and many of the goods there were unusual. The man (Anonymous 425) was "under very great surprize" for he could think of no fairs meant to be held there at that time of year, when it occurred to him that he was seeing "the Fairies on the side of that hill," (Anonymous 174) and he "resolved to ride in amongst them, and see what they were." As he approached the fair, he could see them all, "yet when he was upon the place where all this had appeared to him, he could discern nothing at all," but was instead thrust along "as when one passes through a throng of people." When he found himself at a distance again, however, it was no longer invisible, but "appeared to him again as first."(208-209)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 208-209

1634     Devon Somerset  Devon Somerset  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 
2440

Joan Willimott alleges during her examination that a man named Gamaliel Greete, a shepherd in Waltham, had a white spirit in the shape of a mouse possess him, an invasion enabled by Greete's excessive swearing. While embodying this agent, Greet could also hurt anything he looked at, should he do so with the intent to injure it. Willimot added that he had a mark on his left arm, which had been cut away. Willimott identified her spirit Pretty as the source of her information.(E5v-F)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E5v-F

1618, March 17     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2443

Ellen Greene is examined on March 17, 1618 before Justices of the Peace for Leicester Sir Henry Hastings and Samuel Fleming.(Fv)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, Fv

1618, March 17     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2447

Ellen Greene alleged during her examination that, three years before, she sent her familiars Pusse and Hisse Hisse to kill John Patchett's wife and child at Joan Willimott's behest. The child died the day after Greene touched it, while Mrs. Patchett languished for over a month before dying.(Fv-F2v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, Fv-F2v

1615 Stathorne    Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2450

Ellen Greene alleged during her examination that she had given her soul to the Devil in order to have Hisse Hisse and Pusse at her command, and that as part of the compact, she suffered them to suck her at the change and the full of the moon.(Fv-F2v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, Fv-F2v

1618, March 17     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2451

Phillip Flower is examined at the Assizes at Leicester on February 4, 1618 to give evidence against her sister Margaret Flower. Sir William Pelham and Mr. Butler are the Justices of the Peace presiding over the examination.(F3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, F3

1618, February 4     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2452

Phillip Flower alleges during her examination that her mother Joan Flower and sister Margaret Flower "maliced the Earle of Rutland, his Countesse, and their Children, because her Sister Margaret, was put out of the Ladies seruice of Laundry, and exempted from other seruices about the house." Phillip claimed that Margaret stole a glove from Henry Lord Rosse and delivered it to Joan, and that Joan rubbed the glove on her familiar Rutterkin's back, put it in boiling water, pricked it and buried it in the yard while wishing that Lord Henry "might neuer thriue." Phillip added that she often saw Rutterkin sit on Joan's shoulder and suck her neck.(F3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, F3

1618, February 4     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2453

Phillip Flower alleges during her examination that she often heard her mother Joan Flower "curse the Earle and his Lady, and therevpon would boyle feathers and blood together, vsing many Diuellish speeches and strange gestures."(F3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, F3

1618, February 4     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2454

Margaret Flower is examined on January 22, 1618. (F3v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, F3v

1618, January 22     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2459

Phillip Flower is examined a second time on February 25, 1618, this time before Justices of the Peace Sir Francis Manners, Francis Lord Willoughby, Sir George Manners and Sir William Pelham.(F4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, F4v

1618, February 25     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2460

Phillip Flower confesses during her second examination, alleging that she has had a familiar spirit in the shape of a white rat for the last three or four years, and that it would suck on her left breast. She claims that when it first came to her, she promised it her soul, and in exchange it promised to "doe her good, and cause Thomas Simpson to loue her, if shee would suffer it to sucke her, which shee agreed vnto." Phillip adds that the familiar last sucked on February 23, two days before her examination.(F4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, F4v

1618, February 25     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2461

Margaret Flower is examined a third time on February 25, 1618, this time before Justices of the Peace Sir Francis Manners, Francis Lord Willoughby, Sir George Manners and Sir William Pelham.(F4v-G)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, F4v-G

1618, February 25     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2462

Margaret Flower confesses during her examination that she has two familiar spirits. One is white and sucks under her left breast, and the other has black spots and sucks "within the inward parts of her secrets." She maintains that when they first came to her, she promised them her soul, and they "couenanted to doe all things which she commanded them."(G)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, G

1618, February 25     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2463

Margaret Flower confesses during her examination alleging that on the 30th of January, while she was imprisoned in Lincoln Gaol, four devils appeared to her. She recalls that one, a spirit with a black head like an ape, stood at the foot of her bed and spoke to her, but that he would not speak plainly and she could not recall what he had told her. She recognized the other three as Little Robin, Spirit, and her mother Joan's familiar Rutterkin. She adds that "shee neuer mistrusted them, nor suspected her selfe, till then."(G)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, G

1618, January 30 Lincoln    Lincolnshire  Lincolnshire  England 
2464

Margaret Flower is examined a second time on February 4, 1818. (G-Gv)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, G-Gv

1618, February 4     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2465

Margaret Flower's second examination gives a slightly different version of Henry Lord Rosse's bewitchment: On this occasion, Margaret alleged that her mother, Jane Flower, commanded her to steal Lord Henry's right-hand glove, and that she found the glove on the rushes in the nursery. When she delivered the glove to her mother, Joan, she put it in hot water, pricked it with her knife, rubbed it on her familiar Rutterkin, and bid him to "height and goe, and doe some hurt to Henry Lord Rosse." Joan then threw the glove onto the fire and burnt it. Margaret notes that Lord Henry fell sick and died shortly after. (G-Gv)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, G-Gv

1618, February 4     Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
2469

Anne Whittle, alias Chattox, makes a confession during her examinaton before William Sandes, Mayor of Lancaster, Justice of the Peace for Lancaster James Anderton, and Coroner for the County of Lancaster Thomas Cowell. (B4-B4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, B4-B4v

1612, May 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2478

James Device is examined on April 27, 1612 before Justices of the Peace for Lancashire Roger Nowell and Nicholas Bannister.(C2)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, C2

1612, April 27 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2481

Elizabeth Device is indicted on three counts. The first is for bewitching John Robinson to death, the second is for bewitching James Robinson to death, and the third is for conspiring with Alice Nutter and Elizabeth Southerns to bewitch Henry Mytton to death.(F3v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, F3v

1612, August 17 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2484

Jennet Device, a child of nine, gives evidence before the court against her mother, Elizabeth Device. Elizabeth curses and cries out against her daughter, until Jennet, shaken to the point of tears, tells the judge she will not speak in Elizabeth's presence. (F4v-G)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, F4v-G

1612, August 17 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2485

Jennet Device alleges during her examination that her mother, Elizabeth Device, used her familiar Ball to kill John Robinson, and that her mother had been a witch for the last three or four years. Elizabeth also had Ball kill James Robinson, John's brother; James died three weeks later. (F4v-Gv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, F4v-Gv

1612, August 17 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2486

Jennet Device alleges during her examination that she once saw her mother, Elizabeth Device, call for her spirit Ball, and ask him to kill Henry Mytton. Ball said he would do it and vanished away; three weeks later, Mytton died.(F4v-Gv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, F4v-Gv

1612, August 17 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2498

James Device alleges during his examination that Jennet Preston has a familiar spirit in the shape of a white foal with a black spot on its forehead. (I2v-I3)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, I2v-I3

1612, April 27 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2499

James Device makes a confession while imprisoned in the Castle at Lancaster before William Sandes, Mayor of Lancaster, James Anderton, Justice of the Peace for the County of Lancaster, and Thomas Cowell, Coroner for the County of Lancaster.(I4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, I4v

1612, August Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2500

James Device alleges during his confession that his familiar Dandy was insistent that he give him his soul. He and Dandy argued about it: "he would giue him that part thereof that was his owne to giue: and thereupon the said Spirit said, hee was aboue CHRIST IESVS, and therefore hee must absolutely giue him his Soule[.]" The last time Dandy came to him was the Tuesday before his apprehension; the familiar had vanished with a fearful cry and yell when James yet again refused to give his soul absolutely.(I4v-K)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, I4v-K

1612, August Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2501

Jennet Device alleges during her deposition that her mother, Elizabeth Device, taught her two prayers, one to get drink and one to cure the bewitched. Jennet recited both, and claimed that her brother, James Device, had successfully used the one to get drink. He told her that an hour after saying it, drink arrived at the house in a strange manner.(K-K2)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, K-K2

1612, August Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2502

Anne Whittle, alias Chattox, Elizabeth Device and James Device are declared guilty of murder by witchcraft.(K2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, K2v

1612, August 18 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2505

Grace Sowerbutts is examined a second time, this time on August 19, 1612 following the evidence against Joan Southworth, Jennet Bierley and Ellen Bierley. Justices of the Peace William Leich and Edward Chisnel preside over the examination at the direction of Justice of the Assize Sir Edward Bromley.(M4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, M4v

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2506

Grace Sowerbutts retracts her accusation that Jennet Bierley and Ellen Bierley killed, cooked, ate and rendered for fat Thomas Walshman's child, or that either of them ever changed shape. She also states that Jane Southworth had nothing to do with the child's death.(Mv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Mv

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2507

Grace Sowerbutts, retracting her accusations against Jennet Bierley, Ellen Bierley and Joan Southworth, accuses the priest Master Thompson, alias Master Christopher Southworth, of encouraging her to make the accusations. According to Sowerbutts, she was sent to Thompson to learn her prayers, and while under his tutelage, he "did perswade, counsell, and aduise her, to deale as formerly hath beene said against her said Grand-mother, Aunt, and Southworths wife."(Mv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Mv

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2508

Grace Sowerbutts retracts her claims of having seen devils or any other visions, and that she climbed up on the hay-mow herself rather than being cast there. When demanded to answer whether she attended church, she responded that she did not, but promised to start willingly.(Mv-M2)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Mv-M2

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2509

Joan Southworth, Jennet Bierley and Ellen Bierley are examined a second time, this time on August 19, 1612 following Grace Sowerbutt's retraction. Justices of the Peace William Leich and Edward Chisnel preside over the examination at the direction of Justice of the Assize Sir Edward Bromley.(Nv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Nv

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2510

Jennet Bierley gives deposition a second time, following Grace Sowerbutts' retraction. Bierly alleges that Sowerbutts was brought to priest Master Thompson, alias Christopher Southworth, by her mother. She accused Thomson of counseling Sowerbutts to make the accusations because Bierley attended a different church.(Nv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Nv

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2511

Jane Southworth gives deposition following Grace Sowerbutt's retraction, alleging that a month or six weeks before she was gaoled, she spoke with Master Thompson, alias Christopher Southworth. At that time, she "challenged him for slandering her to bee a Witch: wherunto he answered, that what he had heard thereof, he heard from her mother and her Aunt[.]" Nevertheless, she thought him the origin of the slander, and thought it was because she would not be persuaded to change churches.(Nv-N2)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Nv-N2

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2512

Ellen Bierley gives deposition following Grace Sowerbutt's retraction. She alleges that she saw Master Thompson, alias Christopher Southworth, six or eight weeks before she was imprisoned. She accused Thompson of prompting Sowerbutts to accuse her of witchcraft, and could think of no reason why he would except that she attends a different church.(Nv-N2)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Nv-N2

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2513

Jennet Bierley, Ellen Bierley and Jane Southworth are found innocent of witchcraft and murder at the conclusion of their trial. Instead, priest Master Thompson, alias Christopher Southworth, is declared to have conspired maliciously against them. (Nv-N2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Nv-N2v

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2517

Anne Whittle confesses to making clay images and begs on behalf of her daughter, Anne Redferne, following John Nutter's examination. Redferne is nevertheless declared more dangerous than Whittle for having made more clay images.(Ov-O2)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Ov-O2

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2519

Alice Nutter is arraigned and tried on August 19, 1612 before Justice of the Assize Sir Edward Bromley. She stands accused of bewitching Henry Mytton to death, and is suspected of attending the meeting of witches at Malking Tower. Nutter pleads not guilty.(O3-O4)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, O3-O4

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2520

Elizabeth Device alleges during her examination that Alice Nutter and Elizabeth Southerns "ioyned altogether, and bewitched the said Henry Mitton to death." Device also claimed that Nutter knew the two women from Burnley Parish who attended the Good Friday feast at Malking Tower.(O4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, O4v

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2522

Jennet Device, while giving deposition about who attended the feast on Good Friday at Malking Tower, picks Alice Nutter out of the crowd in the courtroom. Device claims that she recognized Nutter as having been at the feast.(Pv-P2)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Pv-P2

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2526

Jennet Device alleges during her examination that Katherine Hewit attended the Good Friday feast at Malking Tower. When asked to find her and point her out at the trial, Device took Hewit by the hand. Device accused Hewit of witchcraft, described where she sat at the feast, who sat next to her, and reported on the conversation.(Q)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Q

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2527

Jennet Bierley is found not guilty of witchcraft. She is cautioned to use the mercy and favour well, and ordered delivered.(Qv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Qv

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2528

Margaret Pearson is arraigned and tried on August 19, 1612 before Justice of the Assizes Sir Edward Bromley. She stands accused of using witchcraft on the horse and goods of Dodgeson of Padiham.(S3v-S4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, S3v-S4v

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2530

Anne Whittle alleges during her examination that Margaret Pearson confessed to bewitching Mrs. Childer and her daughter to death.(S4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, S4v

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2532

Isabel Robey is arraigned and tried on August 19, 1612 before Justice of the Assize Sir Edward Bromley. She stands accused of practicing witchcraft. (T2-T2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, T2-T2v

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2533

Peter Chaddock gives deposition on July 12, 1612 before Justice of the Peace Sir Thomas Gerrard. In his deposition, he alleges that Isabel Robey was displeased with his choice of wife prior to his marriage, that he called her a witch, and that he told her did not care for her. Two days later, he was struck by a pain in his bones. He claims Thomas Lyon was also afflicted when he joined Chaddock on a trip, but both soon mended.(T3)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, T3

1612, July 12 Windle    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2534

Peter Chaddock alleges in his deposition that, four years before, his wife argued with Isabel Robey; later the same day, he was working in the hay and became afflicted with a stiffness and pain in his neck. Over the next five days, he also developed a fever and thirst, but could not drink. He sent for his friend James to pray for him, which allowed him to drink again, and was soon mended thereafter.(T3-T3v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, T3-T3v

1608 Windle    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2535

Peter Chaddock alleged during his examination that on Lady Day in Lent the year before, he became "sore pained with great warch in his bones, and all his limmes, and so yet continueth." He claims that Isabel Robey is directly responsible for his pains.(T3-T3v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, T3-T3v

1611, March 25 Windle    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2536

Jane Wilkinson gives deposition before Justice of the Peace Sir Thomas Gerrard. In her deposition, she alleges that Isabel Robey once asked her for milk, and she refused. Wilkinson became afraid of Robey thereafter, and became sick and so pained she could not stand. (T4)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, T4

1612, July 12 Windle    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2537

Jane Wilkison alleges in her deposition that the day after she refused to give Isabel Robey some milk, she left home to travel to Warrington, but was "suddenly pinched on her Thigh as shee thought, with foure fingers & a Thumbe twice together, and thereupon was sicke." She was forced to return home on horseback, and mended soon after.(T4)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, T4

1612, July 12 Windle    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2538

Margaret Lyon gives deposition before Justice of the Peace Sir Thomas Gerrard. In her deposition, she alleges that Isabel Robey once told her that "Peter Chaddock should neuer mend vntill he had asked her forgiuenesse; and that shee knew hee would neuer doe." Mrs. Chaddock later told her the same thing: "I thinke that my Husband will neuer mend vntill hee haue asked her forgiuenesse."(T4-T4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, T4-T4v

1612, July 12 Windle    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2539

Margaret Parre gives deposition before Justice of the Peace Sir Thomas Gerard. In her deposition, she alleges that Isabel Robey once came to her home, and that she had asked Robey how Peter Chaddock did. Robey replied that she had not seen him. Parre then asked about Jane Wilkinson, for Wilkinson had been sick and was suspected to be bewitched; Robey replied "I haue bewitched her too." Parre said she trusted she could bless herself from all witches. Robey did not like this, saying "would you defie me?" and left angry.(V)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, V

1612, July 12 Windle    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2540

Isabel Robey is found guilty of felony by witchcraft. Justice of the Assizes Sir Edward Bromley sentences her to execution by hanging. (V-Vv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, V-Vv

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2541

Ellen Bierley is found not guilty of witchcraft. She is cautioned to use the mercy and favour well, and ordered delivered. (Qv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Qv

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2542

Jane Southworth is found not guilty of witchcraft. She is cautioned to use the mercy and favour well, and ordered delivered.(Qv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Qv

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2543

Katherine Hewit is found guilty of felony and murder. Justice of the Assizes Sir Edward Bromley sentences her to execution by hanging. (Qv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Qv

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2544

Alice Nutter is found guilty of felony and murder. Justice of the Assizes Sir Edward Bromley sentences her to execution by hanging. (Qv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Qv

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2545

Anne Redferne is found guilty of felony and murder. Justice of the Assizes Sir Edward Bromley sentences her to execution by hanging. (Qv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Qv

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2546

Elizabeth Astley, John Ramseden, Alice Grey, Isabel Sidegraves and Lawrence Hayes are found not guilty of witchcraft by Justice of the Assizes Sir Edward Bromley. They are cautioned to forsake the Devil and ordered to "enter Recognizances with good sufficient Suerties, to appeare at the next Assizes at Lancaster, and in the meane time to be of the good behauiour."(X-Xv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, X-Xv

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2547

Margaret Pearson is pronounced guilty of witchcraft. She is sentenced by Sir Edward Bromley to stand in the pillory for four market days, once each in Clitheroe, Paddiham, Whalley and Lancaster. While pilloried, she will have a paper on her head with large letters declaring her crimes, and must confess to them. Afterward, she will be imprisoned for one year without bail, and released on the surety of good behaviour thereafter.(V3, V4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, V3, V4v

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2548

James Device is found guilty of felony and murder. Justice of the Assizes Sir Edward Bromley sentences him to execution by hanging. (V2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, V2v

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2549

Elizabeth Device is found guilty of felony and murder. Justice of the Assizes Sir Edward Bromley sentences her to execution by hanging. (V2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, V2v

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2550

Anne Whittle is found guilty of felony and murder. Justice of the Assizes Sir Edward Bromley sentences her to execution by hanging. (V2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, V2v

1612, August 19 Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2555

Henry Hargrieves gives deposition on May 5, 1612 before Justices of the Peace Roger Nowell, Nicholas Bannester and Robert Holden. In his deposition, he alleges that Anne Whittle confessed to him to knowing Jennet Preston. Whittle also told him that Preston was at the Good Friday feast at Malking Tower; she added that Preston "was an ill woman, and had done Master Lister of Westby great hurt."(Y4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Y4v

1612, May 5 Goldshey    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2558

Jennet Preston's husband becomes aware of the charges against his wife while attending the witch trails at Lancaster Assizes. Edward Bromley, Justice of the Assize, became suspicious of Device's accusations and commanded her to point out who among the prisoners were the witches named as present at the Malking Tower feast. Device did so, and then told Bromley that there was a woman from Craven who had attended but was not among the prisoners. Upon hearing this, Preston's husband "cried out and went away: being fully satisfied his wife had Iustice, and was worthie of death."(Z2v-Z3)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Z2v-Z3

1612, July Lancaster Assizes (Lancaster Castle)    Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2571

A young boy at the age of eleven years old, from Walsham-le-Willows, in the county of Suffolk, named William Withers is made "an instrument giuen to vs by the prouidence of God," meant to make the people of the village aware of their sins, when on the 24th of December, he falls into a trance "the space of tenne dayes." During this trance, he takes no sustenance, and causes great "greefe of his parentes," as well as "admiration of the beholders." At the end of these ten days, he "came to him selfe againe."(7)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The wonderful worke of God shewed vpon a chylde. London: 1581, 7

1580, December 24 Walsam    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2572

Upon waking from a trance which lasted ten days, and during which time he took no sustenance, the eleven year old boy William Withers begins to speak after twenty-four hours. When he speaks, he "declareth most straunge and rare thinges, which are to come, and hath continued the space of three weeks." Generally, his prophecies relate to praising God, and are told in a "voyce seemeth to bee of such power that all the bedde shaketh."(Cover)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The wonderful worke of God shewed vpon a chylde. London: 1581, Cover

1581, January 4 Walsam    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2573

The preacher, Mr. Gatton, comes from Barrow in Suffolk to visit the eleven year old child, William Withers in Walsham-le-Willows, after the boy allegedly woke from a ten day trance, able to "declareth most straunge and rare things, which are to come." After speaking to the boy, he found him "perfect in the Scriptures." He supports all the counsel the boy gives, to "rouze vs vp from our sinnes."(9-10)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The wonderful worke of God shewed vpon a chylde. London: 1581, 9-10

1581, January Walsam    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2574

Master Ashley, Esquire, "a Gentleman of greate credite and worship," comes to Walsham-le-Willows with some of his men, to "heare and behold" the eleven year old child William Withers who after ten days in a trance without speaking or sustenance, awoke to "declareth most straunge and rare thinges, which are to come." The child singles out the servant, "one Smith" and then "spake vnto him vehemently," and told him that he should mourn for his sins for being so vain and "in such abhominable pride to pranke vp himselfe like the diuels darling, the very father of pride and lying" by wearing "great and monstrous ruffes," or be subject to "euerlasting tormentes in hell fire." This was Smith's second warning, and upon hearing it, "as one prickt in conscience, he sorrowed & wept for his offence." He took the cloth band from around his neck, and cut it into pieces using a knife, and vowed never to wear anything like it again.(10-12)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The wonderful worke of God shewed vpon a chylde. London: 1581, 10-12

1581, January Walsam    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2575

The child William Withers is visited by two "right worshipfull and vertuous knights," Sir William Spring and Sir Robert [...]armine, after the child emerges from a ten day trance which he neither spoke nor had sustenance during, but awoke to "declareth most straunge and rare thinges, which are to come." They find his words true, and believe he is an instrument of God.(10)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The wonderful worke of God shewed vpon a chylde. London: 1581, 10

1581, January Walsam    Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
2576

Elizabeth James regains the ability to speak four years after George and Annis Dell cut out her tongue. She is miraculously able to testify against Annis and George Dell at the Hartford Assizes. Her testimony leads to the Dells being convicted despite their vehement denial and consequently, they are executed. (17-18)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 17-18

1606, August 4 Hartford    Huntingdonshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
2578

During the second day of the alleged dispossession of Mary Glover, during which there has been fasting and prayer performed by a company (Anonymous 437) including six preachers: Mr. Skelton, Mr. Swan, Mr. Lewis Hughes, Mr. Barber, Mr. Evans, and Mr. Bridger, Mary Glover's mother asks how she fares during the prayers. Mary Glover replies that "she felt payne in her body, & wept and prayed God to be mercifull vnto her, and to help her," but that she was willing to proceed with the exorcism. She rubs down her left side in pain.(13)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 13

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
2579

The exorcism of the fourteen year old girl from London, Mary Glover and her alleged possession, continues for a second day, on Thursday, December 16, 1602, through prayer and fasting starting at seven in the morning. This takes place at Mistress Radcliff's house in Shoreditch, London, in a company of twenty four witnesses, including six preachers: Mr. Skelton, John Swan who is a student of divinity, Mr. Barber, Mr. Evans, Mr. Lewis Hughes, and Mr. Bridger. Mary Glover, while present at these prayers, is sickly, as one "bewrayed affliction of mynd, and toment of body." This is exemplified by "greife of body, or infirmity of mynde, or meditation, or by fayling of sight (which seemed sometimes so to be, by the rubbinge of her eyes with her hand)," forcing Mary Glover to be constantly supported by a woman there to help her. The company is invited to prayer and meditation, until eventually Mr. Lewis Hughes, one of the preachers, leads the company in a prayer, which consist of "1 a precept to call, 2 the partie on whome, 3 the time when, 4 the promise of deliuerance 5 a duetie thervppon to be yealded." Mary Glover weeps during this sermon. When Mr. Lewis Hughes finishes, the company "finde in themselues an extradordinarie presence, and supply of God his gracious and powerfull spirit in them."(8-10)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 8-10

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
2580

The preacher, Mr. Evans, while present at the second day of the alleged dispossession of Mary Glover, a fourteen year old girl from London, leads a company of twenty four people including five other preachers: Mr. Skelton, Mr. Swan, Mr. Barber, Mr. Bridger and Mr. Lewis Hughes; in a series of prayers for Mary Glover.(13-14)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 13-14

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
2581

During the second day of Mary Glover, a fourteen year old girl from London's alleged dispossession, during which a company of preachers and family pray and fast for the girl, Mr. Evans, the preacher leading the prayers, calls for "a little pawse," upon noticing that Mary Glover was "wax pale coloured, weepinge, and answeringe faintly." The rest of the company disperses to "refresh themselues," however, John Swan, a student of divinity, stays behind to record his observations. He then falls upon Mary Glover sitting, "weepinge bitterly, wringing her handes extreamly, complaining of vuacustomed payne, yea castinge out wordes of feare that God would not heare vs in calling on him for her so wretched a creature." John Swan attests that most "Doctour of Phisicke" claim that many are cured of strange diseases "even of the mother" as some doctors claim Mary Glover is, with the apprehension that prayer and fasting will cure them. However, the weepings and worries of Mary Glover as "she vttered wordes of doubt, distrust, yea, of dreadfull dispaire" is evidence that she suffered not from a disease.(14-15)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 14-15

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
2582

After breaking from praying for a rest, a company of twenty four people, including six preachers: Mr. Skelton, Mr. Swan, Mr. Barber, Mr. Bridger and Mr. Lewis Hughes; resume praying for Mary Glover, a fourteen year old girl from London allegedly suffering from possession caused by the woman, Elizabeth Jackson. These prayers are led in turn by Mr. Bridger, Mr. Barber, who explains that the Church is practiced in the relief and recovery of cases such as Mary Glover's, and Mr. Lewis Hughes; these men are often described as "soldiers" in the fight against Satan during the dispossession.(17-18)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 17-18

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
2583

The student of divinity, John Swan consults the preacher Mr. Lewe on observing during prayers that the fourteen year old girl, Mary Glover, who allegedly suffers from fits caused by possession. Mr. Lewe informs John Swan that he believes Mary Glover had "remained in reasonable good peace and ease" for some time after a violent fit during prayers, and he hoped that this would continue and that "Satan would steale away like a micher." John Swan admits that he would be happy if this did occur, but rather believes that considering the severity of Mary Glover's fits, Satan would "not be so gentle, as to begon without a partting blowe," especially considering that in recent times, Satan took fewer and fewer people by possession, and so was all the more violent with them. (21)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 21

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
2584

On the second day of the dispossession of Mary Glover, a fourteen year old girl from London who alleged suffers from fits caused by the woman, Elizabeth Jackson, the girl Mary Glover began to recover from her first "unnatural fit" while Mr. Evans, a preacher, prayed. After "a good whyle," Mary Glover can feel her left side again, which is usually senseless during a fit, and the girl "began to gaspe, and to striue to speake." At first, her voice is soft, but becomes increasingly louder, until all present, including the student of divinity John Swan, could hear her saying, "Almost, Almost." A young gentleman who "is one of the Innes of Courte", Mr. Oliver, upon hearing her speak, was so overjoyed, he could barely speak. He claims it is the first time Mary Glover has ever been able to use "free libertie of speech" during a fit.(21 - 22)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 21 - 22

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
2585

After falling into a fit brought on by exhaustion during her first prayer on the second day of her dispossession, the prayers for the fourteen year old girl from London, Mary Glover, are led in turn by the preachers Mr. Swan, Mr. Skelton, and Mr. Evans. These prayers are carried on until Mary Glover, "though shee were deafe (as we thought) yea dumbe and blind, yet shee turned her body [...] with all violence and gasping," began to speak words again, a positive sign during a fit. At first her voice was soft, but became louder, until it was heard that she was saying "Once more, once more." Immediately after, she began her second prayer.(28 - 29)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 28 - 29

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
2586

During the second day of the dispossession of Mary Glover, a fourteen year old girl from London allegedly suffering from fits caused by the woman, Elizabeth Jackson, the girl prays performatively during her dispossession for a second time. This prayer is said to have last longer than the first prayer, and her voice described as "waxing stronger" throughout the duration. Mary Glover calls upon God to forgive her sins, and those of others, and to grant her the strength to cast out Satan from within her. However, she collapses into a third fit, "which also grewe more greivious then the former."(32-33)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 32-33

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
2587

Margaret Muschamp allegedly has numerous tormenting fits after John Hutton's imprisonment, which she claims are caused by two witches; she relates the details of the witches to Mary Moore so Moore can copy them down on paper. Her fits end when her angels banish the witches.(11)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 11

1647, February Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
2588

Margaret Muschamp allegedly predicts John Hutton's death in prison during one of her tormenting fits. She claims that, had he lived, he would have revealed the identities of the two witches that have been tormenting her, and makes numerous other predictions thereafter.(11)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 11

1647, February Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
2589

Margaret Muschamp has a fit in which she claims that "there were some strange Angels besides her owne to meet her" under a specific tree in the garden. However, when she gets there, she discovers that "ere she came, a wicked creature set on by the enemies instigation, had been looking after her, and her childe wringing her hands, weeping bitterly, as if she could have torne her flesh from the bones, or haire off her head, saying who was here? what wicked creature had stayd her blessed Angels from her?"(11-12)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 11-12

1647, March Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
2590

Margaret Muschamp allegedly has a conversation with her angels in which they tell her that they will not appear to her for 12 weeks. Bereft, she spends three days describing them to her brothers, sisters and the household. She claims they are "bodyed like Birds, as big as Turkies, and faces like Christians, but the sweetest creatures that ever eyes beheld," and insists that if the Justices and Judges of the Assizes won't do give her justice for her torments, her angels will "appear like a man and a woman, and justifie the truth." Before they depart, her angels allegedly tell her to avoid being frightened or angered for the 12 weeks, or they won't reappear, and that in the mean time her every third fit would be a terrible one.(11-12)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 11-12

1647, March Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
2593

Mary Glover prays performatively during her alleged dispossession. During this, her third prayer, she asks that God give her patience and faith to resist Satan. This prayer lasted longer than an hour and a half, and often "repeating thinges formerly mentioned," was deemed to be quite effective by John Swan, a student of divinity. Her prayer ended near six in the evening, and preceded the worst fit she would experience during her alleged dispossession.(38-39)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 38-39

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
2594

Anne Arthur claims that the apparition (anonymous 25) frightened her, so she began running to reach her home. The apparition caught up with her, however, and asked her where she was going. Explaining that she was poor and had to work for a living she told him she was going home to Deptford after selling her things in the city. The apparition then allegedly offered her a bag of silver. Still frightened the woman refused and so he offered her a bag of gold which made Arthur scream until people (anonymous 438) came to find her and bring her home. She has since been distracted and disorderly.(1-2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Strange and Dreadful News from the Town of Deptford, in the County of Kent. London: 1685, 1-2

1684, March Deptford    London, Greater  London  England 
2595

Margaret Muschamp's 12 weeks of separation from her angels comes to an end, eagerly attended by numerous spectators. The spectators, who include neighbours and Margaret's cousin Elizabeth Muschamp, hear her "expresse much joy to meete with those long absent deare friends" and engage in a two-hour long "divinely and heavenly discourse." Margaret is seen to pray for her enemy, Dorothy Swinow, with tears streaming down her face. She also prays for justice, and that the hardheartedness against her mother at the assizes cease.(13-14)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 13-14

1647, June Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
2596

Margaret Muschamp allegedly has a series of fits after her angels return to her in which she insists on going to the assizes herself to beg the Judges for justice, and that her angels would go as well. Mary Moore, "not daring to disobey such divine commands," takes Margaret and George Muschamp Jr. to goes before a judge to tell their story. Moore requests that Dorothy Swinow be moved to the county in which her crimes were committed to be tried, but the request is refused. When Moore consults a Counsellor for advice, he refuses to "meddle" in the case.(13-15)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 13-15

1647, June Durham    Durham  Dvrham  England 
2597

Margaret Muschamp, the day after the Judge refuses to extradite Dorothy Swinow and the Counsellor refuses to take the case, allegedly has a tormenting fit that concluded with her angels appearing to her. She complains to them that there is "no Justice abroad, no Peace at home, what should become of her mother? for that Godlesse thiefe DOROTHY SVVINOVV, by the instigation of the Divell, had hardned the heart of both Judges and Justices against her." Margaret also claims that Edward Moore's heart has been hardened against Mary Moore, and that her eldest sister, Betty Muschamp, will soon begin to consume too. Margaret says that she will go again that night or the next day to again beg for justice, and that if it were denied, her brother George Muschamp Jr.'s illness would get worse. Dr. Genison and Mrs. Clether are among the audience during this fit.(13-15)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 13-15

1647, June Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
2598

Dr. Genison, witnessing Margaret Muschamp's fit in which she demands to return to the Judge to beg for justice, invites Mary Moore and her children to his home, which is next to the Judge's chamber, to await an appointment. He sends a message to the Judge on their behalf, asking whether evening or morning was more convenient, and an appointment is made for the evening. The appointment is well attended, the spectators including Dr. Clether, Mrs. Clether, Dr. Genison, Mrs. Genison and numerous others.(14-15)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 14-15

1647, June Durham    Durham  Dvrham  England 
2599

Mary Moore begs for Dorothy Swinow to be extradited to Northumberland for trial a second time before a judge (Anonymous 237) and is refused once more. Margaret Muschamp allegedly falls into a fit in which she details the torments Swinow has visited upon her family and her hand in Lady Hambleton's death, concluding with a plea for justice lest their torments be increased. The judge declares Margaret's fit to be feigned. The onlookers are convinced, however, seeing "onely an innocent bashfull Girle, without any confidence at all when she was out of her fits."(15-16)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 15-16

1647 Durham    Durham  Dvrham  England 
2600

Margaret Muschamp, during her fit before the judge (Anonymous 237), allegedly predicts that her sister, Betty Muschamp, will begin to consume. When Mary Moore and Muschamp return home after their appointment, they find that Betty has started consuming during their absence.(15-16)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 15-16

1647, June Durham    Durham  Dvrham  England 
2601

Margaret Muschamp, the evening after appearing a second time before a judge, allegedly has a fit in which she vomits a fir stick full of crooked pins and is visited by her angels. She then cries out that the enemy sees there is to be no justice and is trying to choke her, while vomiting "stones, coles, brick, Lead, straw, quills full of pins, with straw full of pins, tow, and Virginall wire, all full of pins." For three weeks, a large stone is seen to come "alwayes to her throat and went back again, till at the last the Lord brought it up."(16-17)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 16-17

1647 Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
2602

Margaret Muschamp allegedly bids the household watch over her brother George Muschamp Jr., convinced that his throat will be cut or he will be burnt with fire. She claims to hear the sound of knives being sharpened from the stairs, and numerous times fire is found in his room.(16-17)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 16-17

1647 Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
2603

Margaret Muschamp claims that Dorothy Swinow is "seeking a new way to take away her mothers life" and is "consuming the child within her," and warns that George Muschamp Jr. and Betty Muschamp will begin to torment that night, St. John's Day, early in the morning. If they were not watched and prayed for diligently, "they" would seek to take George's life, and the use of Betty's legs. After conveying this warning, Margaret falls into a fit in which she cries out that the "Grand Witch Meg is come to the doore with a lighted Candle in each hand" and begs the company, which includes Edward Moore and his seven children, to pray a half hour longer. They do, and there is a sudden smell of brimstone in the air.(16-17)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 16-17

1647, June 24 Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
2604

Mary Moore sends the strange objects Margaret Muschamp has allegedly been vomiting during her fits to the assizes at Durham on the hope of convincing a judge to issue a warrant for Dorothy Swinow's apprehension. Her tactic succeeds, and a warrant is granted. (17-18)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 17-18

1647, June Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
2605

Dorothy Swinow is arrested on a warrant, but permitted to be released on bail. Margaret Muschamp falls into a fit when she hears this, but insists that all is not lost. She invites the onlookers to attend her on Candlemas Eve, when she claims "the glory of God should appear."(17-18)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 17-18

1647, Fall Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
2606

Upon her dispossession, Mary Glover, a fourteen year old girl from London who suffers from an affliction thought to be brought on by the woman, Elizabeth Jackson, begins her fourth prayer. This fourth prayer is "a most sweet prayer of thanksgivinge," wherein she thanks God for granting her mercy, and asks to be made "like a new borne babe," so she may continue to resist Satan. Following this, when the girl's voice "grew weake", the company present at her dispossession (Anonymous 437) continues with prayers of their own thanks, led in turn by the preachers Mr. Skelton, Mr. Lewis Hughes and Mr. Bridger. Mr. Lewis Hughes was called upon to speak in particular, as he "had begun the day with prayer." A number of witnesses agree to take care and discretion in publishing "this great worke of God." The girl Mary Glover is reassured by her kinsman that she is "now againe one of us," as well as her father and her mother. The student of divinity, John Swan, speaks to her, and "bidd her grow in comforte and courage," reassuring her that "the mayne battle is fought," and that everything will get better from here on out. (48-49)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 48-49

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
2607

Margaret Muschamp has her final extreme fit on Candlemas Eve, as predicted when Dorothy Swinow was released on bail. During this fit, she gives a lengthy address to her angels in which she restates her accusations against John Hutton, Dorothy Swinow and the two unnamed witches assisting Swinow (Anonymous 234 and Anonymous 235). She also implies that she will soon die: "Now after this time shall I never have more torment by any Witch, nor none I hope. Shall I meet you in such a place, at such a time? I will. Seeing you have set mee that time of appoyntment, I hope you will put me in minde of it: I will, if it be Gods will to make me do it." The entire address is observed by over 100 people and recorded for posterity by Edward Orde.(18-24)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 18-24

1648, February Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
2611

Margaret White alleges in her confession that she, Dorothy Swinow and Jane Martin came to Edward Moore's home in Spital to take Margaret Muschamp's and Mary Moore's lives, and were the cause of the torments Margaret, George Muschamp Jr. and Betty Muschamp endured. She claimed that they tried numerous times to take their lives, particularly on St. John's Day the previous year, but that "God was above the Divell, for they could not get their desires perfected."(24-25)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 24-25

1648 Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
2612

Margaret White alleges in her confession that Dorothy Swinow tried to consume the child Sibilla Moore while in Mary Moore's womb, but that God prevented her. White claimed that, after Sibilla was born, she, Jane Martin and Swinow rode to Spital and "had a hand in the death of the sayd child."(24-25)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 24-25

1648 Spittle    Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
2616

Dorothy Swinow stands indicted for witchcraft and the bewitchment to death of the infant Sibilla Moore. She is ordered imprisoned in the Common Gaol at Morpeth, to remain until she stands trial.(27-28)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 27-28

1650, April 26 Morpeth (Clock Tower)    Northumberland  Nothumberland  England 
2623

Elizabeth Jackson, a woman from London, is "arraigned and condemned at Newgate," for the bewitchment of Mary Glover, the fourteen-year old daughter of a merchant from Thames Street in London. Mary Glover allegedly suffers from fits when she is in the same room as Elizabeth Jackson, which eventually progress to fits every second day.(12)

Appears in:
Hughes, Lewes. Certaine grievances, or the errours of the service-booke; plainely layd open. London: 1641, 12

1602 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  England 
2632

After the dispossession of the fourteen year girl from London, Mary Glover, it is decided that she should live with a minister "for one yeare, least Sathan should assault her againe." The minister, Mr. Lewis Hughes, present at her dispossession, agrees to take her in, along with her mother and sister. They are lodged at his house for the duration of a year, at Saint Helen's Bishopsgate in London. However, Mary Glover is no longer "afflicted in this kind."(14)

Appears in:
Hughes, Lewes. Certaine grievances, or the errours of the service-booke; plainely layd open. London: 1641, 14

1602 London    London, City of  London (Saint Helin)  England 
2634

Upon the alleged dispossession of Mary Glover, she cries out with "chearfull countenance" at this moment, "he is come, he is come! The comforter is come, O Lord thou hast delivered me!" Her father weeps when he hears this, believing he hears a miracle. He claims that "these were her Grandfathers words (Robert Glover) when he was at the stake in Smithfield, and the fire crackling about him," in the "Queen Mary days," when Robert Glover was burned for being Anglican.(47)

Appears in:
Swan, John . A True and Breife Report, of Mary Glover's Vexation and Her Deliverance. London: 1603, 47

1602, December 16 London    London, City of  London (Shoreditch)  England 
2680

Lady Cromwell returns to Ramsey after her encounter with Mother Alice Samuel. That night, she allegedly has nightmares in which a cat sent by Mother Samuel "offered to pulcke of all the skin and flesh from her armes & body." (32-33)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 32-33

1590, March 15 Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
2681

Lady Cromwell allegedly becomes sick after visiting the Throckmorton family and her confrontation with Mother Alice Samuel. She is afflicted by fits much like those of the Throckmorton children, in which she suffers pain and shakes in her limbs. She dies of it 15 months after her visit, remembering often that Mother Samuel said to her "Madam, I never hurt you as yet."(32-33)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 32-33

1590, March Ramsey    Essex  Essex  England 
2721

Mother Alice Samuel makes an official confession while at Buckden before the Right Reverend Father in God, William, Bishop of Lincoln on December 26, 1592. During this confession, she alleges that a dun chicken sucked on her chin twice, but no longer since Christmas. It was no natural chicken, "because when it came to her chin she scarce feele it, but when she wiped it off with her hand, her chin did bleed." This chicken first came to her in Robert Throckmorton's home, and Mother Samuel identified it as the source of the Throckmorton children's trouble, but it was now gone from both them and her. (59)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 59

1592, December 26 Buckden    Huntingdonshire  Huntingdon  England 
2722

Mother Alice Samuel makes a second confession while in Buckden, this time on December 29, 1592 before Reverend Father in God, William, Bishop of Lincoln and Justices of the Peace for the County of Huntingdon Francis Crumwell and Richard Tryce, Esquires.(59)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 59

1592, December 29 Buckden    Huntingdonshire  Huntingdon  England 
2723

Mother Alice Samuel, in her confession, alleges that she only ever caused harm to the Throckmorton children. When asked how she knows the spirit in the shape of a dun chicken has gone from them, she claims that it, and the rest of her spirits, "are now come into her, and are now in the bottome of her bellie, and make her so full, that she is like to burst." They have made her so full and heavy that she could barely lace her petticoat that morning, and her weight caused her horse to fall down.(59)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 59

1592, December 29 Buckden    Huntingdonshire  Huntingdon  England 
2724

Mother Alice Samuel alleges during her confession that she received six familiar spirits from an "upright man" who told her Robert Throckmorton was "a hard man & would trouble her much," which is why she was instructed to use the spirits to trouble the Throckmorton children. She claims that the spirits were rewarded for their services by sucking her blood, and would also suck before she sent them out. She added that sometimes she would "giue a privie becke or nod, with her finger or head, & then the spirits presently stopped the childrens mouths, that they could not speake untill they came out againe: & then would y children wipe their eyes and be well again." The man who gave her these spirits also taught her how to call them, three by the names of Pluck, Catch and White, and the rest by three smacks of her mouth.(59-60)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 59-60

1592, December 29 Buckden    Huntingdonshire  Huntingdon  England 
2725

Mother Alice Samuel alleges in her confession that she sent two of her spirits to Robert Throckmorton and Mistress Throckmorton, but they returned claiming that "God would not suffer them to prevaile." She then sent her spirits to the Throckmorton's children and caused their strange torments; the claims the children made while in their fits were true.(59, 60)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 59, 60

1592, December 29 Buckden    Huntingdonshire  Huntingdon  England 
2726

Mother Alice Samuel alleges in her confession that she does not know the name of the man who gave her the six spirits. She is commanded by the court to go into another room and demand his name from the sprits, which she does with the words "O thou diuell, I charge thee in the name of the Father, the Son, & the Holy-ghost, that thou tel me the name of the vpright man which gaue me the deuils: which thing she did three times." She returns claiming the man's name is Langlad. When she is unable to say where Langlad is from, she is sent back into the chamber to ask. This time, she claims that he has no dwelling, and is demanded to ask where he is at present from her spirits. She conveys the response as "he went on the last voiage beyond the seas."(59, 60-61)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 59, 60-61

1592, December 29 Buckden    Huntingdonshire  Huntingdon  England 
2727

Mother Alice Samuel and Agnes Samuel are committed to the Huntingdon Gaol to await the next Assizes. While imprisoned, Mother Samuel is suspected in the death of a Gaoler's servant and the "extreme sickness" of one of the Gaoler's children; the sickness is allegedly amended by scratching Mother Samuel.(59, 61)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 59, 61

1592, December 29 Huntingdon Gaol    Huntingdonshire  Huntingdon  England 
2728

Agnes Samuel is imprisoned at Huntingdon Gaol alongside her mother Alice Samuel until the Sessions held on January 9, 1593. On that day, Robert Throckmorton made a request to bail Agnes and have her live in his home to see "whether any such evidences of guiltinesse would appeare against her, as had before appeared in the children against the mother." The Justices were reluctant to grant Agnes bail, but Throckmorton managed to convince them by the afternoon.(61-62)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 61-62

1593, January 9 Huntingdon Gaol    Huntingdonshire  Huntingdon  England 
2791

Joan Throckmorton travels to Huntingdon for the Assizes and has a fit at the inn. Agnes Samuel stands by her during her fit, and the other guests question her about her faith and service to God. Agnes tells them she serves just as other people do, but when she says "God," "Ioan began to start and struggle with her armes, as if all had not beene wel." Agnes is then bid to recite the Lord's Prayer. She makes it half-way through before the guests make her stop, for every time Agnes says God or Jesus Christ, Joan struggles, shakes and shivers. However, when one of the guests says "my God helpe you, or my God preserve & deliver you, or the God who I serve defend you and be merciful unto you," Joan does not react. (104-107)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 104-107

1593, April 4 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2792

Joan Throckmorton continues to react with struggles and groans to God, Jesus Christ and prayers until after the evening court at Huntingdon. Over 500 people witness this at the court, and she comes to the attention of Justice Fenner. (104-107)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 104-107

1593, April 4 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2793

Justice Fenner speaks to Joan Throckmorton, witnessed by a crowd of Justices and gentlemen. He makes some speeches to her, and she falls into fit of shaking such that her father, Robert Throckmorton, must assist her in walking to an arbor, followed by the crowd. Justice Fenner and the assembled witnesses make prayers on her behalf, to no end. Robert Throckmorton tells them that Agnes Samuel, who is also present, must say words over Joan before the girl will be well again.(104-107)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 104-107

1593, April 4 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2794

Judge Fenner tells Agnes Samuel to stand forward and Robert Throckmorton to tell him the words Agnes must speak to bring Joan Throckmorton out of her fit. He does, and the assembled company tries them out. Joan is allegedly eased by the words, but will not come out of her fit. (104-107)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 104-107

1593, April 4 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2795

Judge Fenner commands Agnes Samuel to pray for Joan Throckmorton's ease. Joan is seen to react every time Agnes says God or Jesus Christ. Agnes is then commanded to say "as I am no witch, neither did cosent to the death of the La. Cruwell, so I charge the devil to let mrs. Ioan come out of her fit at this present," which has no effect on Joan. Lastly, she is commanded to say "I am a witch, & a worse witch then my mother, and did consent to the death of the La. Crumwell, so I charge the deuil to let Mistres Ioan Throckmorton come out of her fit at this present." Joan immediately wipes her eyes and curtseys to Justice Fenner.(104-107)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 104-107

1593, April 4 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2796

Joan Throckmorton has another fit before Justice Fenner fifteen minutes after being brought out of the first by Agnes Samuel's words. Justice Fenner laments her case when he sees this, and demands Agnes say the words again. When Joan emerges from this fit, she claims to have been asleep, the Justice, now sympathetic, tells her he prays that God send her no more such sleeps. She has several more fits while in Justice Fenner's company, and is brought out each time by Agnes repeating "As I am a Witch & would have bewitched to death Mistres Ioan Throkmorton in her last weeke of her great sicknes, so I charge the Diuel to let Mistres Ioan come out of her fit at this present" or the alternate charm, "As I am a Witch, and did bewitch Mistres Pikering of Ellington, since my mothers confession: so I charge the Divel, to let Mistres Ioan come out of her fit at this present."(106-107)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 106-107

1593, April 4 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2797

Joan Throckmorton is allegedly "well as ever shee was in her life, & so hath continued without any grife or fittes till this day" after Agnes Samuel is made to say "As I am a Witch & would have bewitched to death Mistres Ioan Throkmorton in her last weeke of her great sicknes, so I charge the Diuel to let Mistres Ioan come out of her fit at this present" and "As I am a Witch, and did bewitch Mistres Pikering of Ellington, since my mothers confession: so I charge the Divel, to let Mistres Ioan come out of her fit at this present" before Justice Fenner and a crowd of Justices and gentlemen at Huntingdon.(106-107)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 106-107

1593, April 4 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2798

Robert Throckmorton, Dr. Dorington, Gilbert Pickering, Master Throckmorton, John Pickering, Henry Pickering and Thomas Nutt give Indictments to the Inquest at the Huntingdon Assizes accusing Mother Alice Samuel, Agnes Samuel and John Samuel of bewitching Lady Cromwell to death and bewitching the Throckmorton children. (107-108)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 107-108

1593, April 5 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2799

The indictments against Mother Alice Samuel, Agnes Samuel and John Samuel swiftly result in guilty verdicts by the Grand Jury at the Huntingdon Assizes. The ruling of the court is that "the cause was most apparant: their consciences were wel satisfied, that the said Witches were guilty, & had deserued death."(107-108)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 107-108

1593, April 5 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2800

Jane Throckmorton has a fit during the trial of Mother Alice Samuel, Agnes Samuel and John Samuel at the Huntingdon Assizes. The Judge calls John to the bar and asks him if he can bring Jane out of her fit, which he denies, and the Judge tells him he has heard that John can do so by saying certain words. The Judge recites the words and tells John to do the same, but John refuses. The Judge repeats them again, and has various attendees of the court do so as well, including Dr. Dorington. When John continues to refuse, he is made to pray instead, and Jane is seen by all to shake and be troubled by it. John will not say the words of the charm ("As I am a Witch, and did consent to the death of the Lady Cromwell, so I charge the deuill to suffer Mistres Iane to come out of her fitt at this present.") until the Judge threatens him with a guilty verdict whether he does or not. Jane wipes her eyes and is well.(108-110)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 108-110

1593, April 5 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2801

The court at the Huntingdon Assizes hears readings of the confessions of Mother Alice Samuel, taken on December 26 and 29, 1592. (110-111)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 110-111

1593, April 5 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2802

Vicar Robert Poulter gives deposition on behalf of one of his parishoners, John Langley, who is too sick to come to court himself. According to Poulter, Mother Samuel overheard Langley give an order forbidding her any meat, and that afternoon, Langley's horse died under him on the way from Huntingdon to Brampton. Langley also allegedly escaped death two or three times within the next few days, lost "as many good and sound Cattell to all mennes iudgements, as were worth twentie markes" and began to suffer extraordinarily himself. The next day, the court is informed that John Langley had just died.(110-111)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 110-111

1593, April 5 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2803

Master Robert Throckmorton of Brampton gives deposition accusing Mother Alice Samuel of bewitching various of his livestock to death; he claims the animals died after he he had "dealt verie roughly in speeches with the saide mother Samuell." This included two yearling calves, a hog, a nursing sow and a cow. He added that he was advised, once his animals started dying, to burn the bodies, so he had the cow buried in a hole with faggots and set on fire, and after that the deaths ceased. Mother Samuel is said to have confessed to bewitching these animals the night before her execution.(110-111)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 110-111

1593, April 5 Brampton    Huntingdonshire  Huntingdon  England 
2804

The Jailor of Huntingdon gives deposition against Mother Alice Samuel alleging that one of his servants, Anonymous 445, became sick with tormenting fits after he chained her to her bedpost for unruly behavior. While in his fits, Anonymous 445 is said to have displayed the strength of two men and to have cried out against Mother Samuel. He died of this affliction about five or six days later. (111)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 111

1593, April 5 Huntingdon Gaol    Huntingdonshire  Huntingdon  England 
2805

The Jailor of Huntingdon give deposition against Mother Alice Samuel alleging that she bewitched his son, Anonymous 446. He claims his son became sick with the same tormenting fits that his servant, Anonymous 445, was afflicted with, and did not mend until he brought the boy to Mother Samuel's cell to scratch her.(111)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 111

1593, April 5 Huntingdon Gaol    Huntingdonshire  Huntingdon  England 
2806

The Judge asks John Samuel whether he has any reason to give why he should not be sentenced to death. John answers that "he had nothing to saye, but Lorde haue mercie on him." (111-112)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 111-112

1593, April 5 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2807

The Judge asks Mother Alice Samuel whether she has any reason to give why she should not be sentenced to death. She claims to be pregnant, and is laughed at for the attempt - she is at the time of trial "neere fourscore" in age. She continues to insist, however, until the Judge has a Jury of Women (Anonymous 447) assembled and sworn to search her. They determine she is not with child "unlesse (as some saide) it was with the Diuell, & no marueile."(111-112)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 111-112

1593, April 5 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2808

Mother Alice Samuel is found guilty and Henry Pickering allegedly "persuade her to confesse the trueth" as she stands with the prisoners following the verdict. She is said to have confessed to having carnal knowledge of William Langlad, the man who gave her familiars to her. Some present at the trial speculate that Langlad is in truth "the Diuel in mans likenesse."(111-112)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 111-112

1593, April 5 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2809

Agnes Samuel is asked at her trial whether she has anything to say in her defense. Another prisoner urges her to say she is pregnant, but she refuses: "Nay, saide shee, that will I not do: It shall neuer be said, that I was both a Witch and a whoore." (112)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 112

1593, April 5 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2810

Mother Alice Samuel, Agnes Samuel and John Samuel are pronounced guilty of witchcraft and sentenced to death. (112)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 112

1593, April 5 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2811

The day after Mother Alice Samuel, Agnes Samuel and John Samuel are condemned to death, numerous "godly men" come to Huntingdon Gaol to "perswade the condemned parties to repentance, and to confesse their sinnes to the world, and crave pardon at Gods mercifull hands." Mother Samuel, when asked directly whether she bewitched Lady Cromwell, denies it. John, hearing her denial, tells her to "denie it not, but confesse the trueth: for thou didst it one way or other."(112)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 112

1593, April 6 Huntingdon Gaol    Huntingdonshire  Huntingdon  England 
2812

Mother Alice Samuel is persuaded to confess while on the gallows ladder on the day of her execution before Master Doctor Chamberlin. She names her familiars as Pluck, Catch and White, restates that she had them from William Langlad, and claims that she sent Catch to Lady Cromwell to bewitch her to death. When asked why she bewitched Lady Cromwell, Mother Samuel says Catch suggested she take revenge for the Lady burning some of her hair and hair lace. She also confessed to sending Pluck to bewitch the Throckmorton children and cause them torment. White was not used against anyone, but sent him to the sea, and that White was the only one of the three who was rewarded by sucking blood from her chin.(112-113)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 112-113

1593, April 7 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2813

Mother Alice Samuel accuses John Samuel of being "privie to the death of the Lady Cromwell" and alleges that he "could both bewitch & unwitch." She refused to accuse her daughter Agnes, but rather tried to clear her.(112-113)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 112-113

1593, April 7 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2814

Master Doctor Chamberlin demands Mother Alice Samuel recite the Lord's Prayer and the Creed while on the gallows. She found unable to say "But deliuer vs from euill" from the Lord's Prayer, and unable to say the Creed at all. She is also unable to say that she believes in the Catholic Church. (113)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 113

1593, April 7 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2815

Mother Alice Samuel, John Samuel and Agnes Samuel are executed at Huntingdon.(114)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 114

1593, April 7 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2816

After Mother Alice Samuel's execution, the Jailor of Huntingdon strips her body for burial and notices a lump of flesh on Mother Samuel's body "adioyning to so secrete a place, which was not decent to be seene." He shows it to his wife, Anonymous 448. They cover Mother Samuel's privates, and she takes this teat in her hand, witnessed by the crowd who came for the execution. When she strains the teat, it issues first a mix of yellow milk and water, then a substance like clear milk, and at the end it is seen to produce blood.(114)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 114

1593, April 7 Huntingdon    Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
2825

Anonymous 12 is apprehended for and confesses to the bewitchment of Anonymous 11, in addition to "many other Witch [cr]a[f]ts;" she is executed by hanging.(5-6)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 5-6

1652, May Luyck      Luyck  Brussels 
2827

Anonymous 12 is asked if she can bewitch Anonymous 11 on the day of her execution. She answers that she cannot because it has been four days since the girl swallowed the bewitched sorrel leaf, and even if she could, two other witches had also bewitched the girl.(5-7)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 5-7

1652, May Luyck      Luyck  Brussels 
2829

Anonymous 11's parents, Anonymous 316 and Anonymous 321, bring the girl to the home of famous physician Henri de Heer. She has been suffering tormenting fits for four months. (6-7)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 6-7

1652, September Luyck      Luyck  Brussels 
2830

Henri de Heer alleges that, the day after Anonymous 11 arrived at his house, he sent for Anonymous 318, and before he was 50 paces from the threshold of the house, Anonymous 11 fell down and appeared as if dead. He claims there "was not th[e] least sign of breath to testifie she was living" and the fingers of her hands were contracted tightly into knots.(7-10)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 7-10

1652, September Luyck      Luyck  Brussels 
2831

According to Henri de Heer, Anonymous 318 pronounced the Gospel over Anonymous 11, and the girl, who had been lying "more senclesse then a carkase," began to thrash so hard that six people cannot hold her down. He belly swells to such height and bulk it "did sem more nerer her throat then her groyn, and her guts made so great a noyse that plainly they might be heard of all being ten paces from her." When de Heer asked Anonymous 318 to stop his pronouncements, Anonymous 11 quieted, awoke, and claimed to know nothing of what had just transpired.(7-10)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 7-10

1652, September Luyck      Luyck  Brussels 
2832

Henri de Heer claims he witnessed Anonymous 11 vomit "all those things which she saw in the W[i]tches basket when she begged of her." He thinks it impossible that she could vomit a long, sharp knife without causing harm to her stomach and throat, concluding "that which this young M[a]id sem'd to vomit did only fall from her lips into my hands by the illusion of the Divel."(7-11)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 7-11

1652, September Luyck      Luyck  Brussels 
2833

Anonymous 11 allegedly proves to Henri de Heer that she is vomiting strange objects, rather than just seeming to, by having him put his hand down her throat while she brings up "a nedle with thred, points and straw an[d] other things." de Heer claims he has retained these objects "to satisfie the curious."(7-11)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 7-11

1652, September Luyck      Luyck  Brussels 
2834

Henri de Heer alleges that Anonymous 11 went 40 days "not only loathing wine and bere, but bread and all manner of meat." During this time, she is only able to eat "Grapes Almonds, Apples, and the cold fruits of Autumn," but retains her health throughout.(10-11)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 10-11

1652, September Luyck      Luyck  Brussels 
2835

Henri de Heer alleges that Anonymous 11 spent fifteen days unable to eat or drink. Though he does not understand how, both he and his servants are prepared to take an oath that they witnessed it. On the sixteenth day, she "of her own accord did call for drink, and [n]o longer did refuse her [m]eat."(10-11)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 10-11

1652, October Luyck      Luyck  Brussels 
2836

Henri de Heer prepares a decoction of "Mugwort[,] St Johns Southernwood, Vervin, Maiden-haire, Rorida, & other Ingredients" for Anonymous 11. He chooses the ingredients for their "vertue to dispell the power of witch-craft." Anonymous 11 drinks this preparation for several days while in de Heer's care.(11-13)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 11-13

1652, October Luyck      Luyck  Brussels 
2837

Henri de Heer discovers a remedy for enchantment in a book and deciphers how to make the ointment. The ointment includes the fat of a young dog, a bear and a capon, blended with pieces of "gren and cor[r]ell Tre" and left to sit in the sun for nine weeks. de Heer credits this ointment, spread on Anonymous 11's joints, with her cure.(11-13)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 11-13

1652, October Luyck      Luyck  Brussels 
2839

Dr. John Lambe, "beeing merry at the Castle with diuers of his acquaintance" while imprisoned at Worcester Castle, allegedly sees a woman walking toward them, and tells his companions he would make her lift her skirts. As they watch, she "began to take vp her cloathes, and by degrees lifted them vp aboue her middle." When chided by onlookers for her shameless behavior, she replies that she had been wading through a pool in her path and had lifted her clothes to save them from the water.(10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Briefe Description of the Notorious Life of John Lambe. Amsterdam: 1628, 10

1627 Worcester Castle    Worcestershire  Worcestershire  England 
2840

A gentlewoman; having heard of the fame of Dr. John Lambe, comes to Worcester Castle with her friends, and as they approach his room, whispers to one of her companions "which was the Witch?" When they reachs the room, Lambe tells her he knows she called him a witch and says aloud, before the assembled company, that she has two bastards and gives both their names and where they were brought up. The gentlewoman retreated in embarrassment.(10-11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Briefe Description of the Notorious Life of John Lambe. Amsterdam: 1628, 10-11

1627 Worcester Castle    Worcestershire  Worcestershire  England 
2841

A man named Wheeler is named to the Jury for Dr. John Lambe's trial at the Worcester Assizes. Before the trial, he joins the crowd around Lambe's chamber at Worcester Castle. Lambe comes to him, falls on his knees and asks for his blessing, declaring that Wheeler "should shortly be one of his twelue Godfathers." Wheeler tells him this is so, and says he has come to see whether Lambe could do the strange things ascribed to him. Lambe asks him to take off his garter and tie it securely around his middle. Wheeler does, tying twenty knots. Lambe then takes hold of the garter and removes it with such ease "it seemed to all the company, and to Wheeler himselfe, that the Garter came out of his very body." Wheeler is frightened by this and departs unsure whether he has been injured by the removal.(11-12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Briefe Description of the Notorious Life of John Lambe. Amsterdam: 1628, 11-12

1627 Worcester Castle    Worcestershire  Worcestershire  England 
2842

In the two weeks following Dr. John Lambe's trial at the Worcester Assizes, "the High Sheriffe, the Foreman of the Iury, and diuers others of the Iustices, Gentlemen there present, and of the same Iury, to the number of forty dyed." The County of Worcester petitions the crown to have Lambe removed from their custody, and he is transferred to the King's Bench at London, where he lives "in great plenty of money, and much resorted vnto by people of seuerall conditions."(12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Briefe Description of the Notorious Life of John Lambe. Amsterdam: 1628, 12

1627 Worcester Castle    Worcestershire  Worcestershire  England 
2843

Dr. John Lambe stands trial at the King's Bench in London for the rape of Joan Seager, an 11 year old girl. He is found guilty and sentenced to death, but "by his Maiesties especiall Grace he was pardoned."(15-16)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Briefe Description of the Notorious Life of John Lambe. Amsterdam: 1628, 15-16

1627 King's Bench    London, Greater  London  England 
2844

Mabel Swinnington is examined at the Court of King's Bench and gives deposition against Dr. John Lambe. She alleges that, on the Friday of Whitson week, Elizabeth Seager came to her "in a pitifull manner wringing her hands like a woman ouer-whelmed with extreame griefe, crying out and saying, I am vndone, I am vndone." Elizabeth tells her "that villaine Doctor Lambe had vndone her childe," Joan Seager.(16-18)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Briefe Description of the Notorious Life of John Lambe. Amsterdam: 1628, 16-18

1627, May 29 St. Martins    London, Greater  London  England 
2845

Mabel Swinton questions Joan Seager and finds her "much abashed and ashamed." Joan finally tells her that, on Whitson Eve, Dr. John Lambe needed someone to bring him a basket of herbs, but his women were busy elsewhere, so she brought it to him at the King's Bench. When she arrived, Lambe sent away his serving-man and locked the door, then led her into his closet and locked that door as well. He put her on a joint stool and stuck his tongue in her mouth. Though she "striued with him as much as she could, but hee would not let her alone, but stroue with her."(16-18)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Briefe Description of the Notorious Life of John Lambe. Amsterdam: 1628, 16-18

1627, May 22 King's Bench    London, Greater  London  England 
2846

Mabel Swinton takes Joan Seager into her home to dress her wounds. She reports that "when I opened her to dresse her: the place did smoake like a pot that had seething liquor in it that were newly vncouered, and I found her to bee very sore, and could not abide to bee touched." Mabel adds that someone tried to dress the girl's injuries, when she asked Joan about it, she said "Lambs maid Becke had brought her a thing in a dish, and had drest her." However, the dressing contained a venomous speck in the ointment that had stuck to Joan's inner thigh. When Mabel pulled it away, she found that it had festered the spot it was stuck to.(18-21)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Briefe Description of the Notorious Life of John Lambe. Amsterdam: 1628, 18-21

1627, May 29 St. Martins    London, Greater  London  England 
2847

Mabel Swinnington reports that she went to see Dr. John Lambe the next day at Elizabeth Seager's request. She confronted him, declaring that "you haue vndone an honest mans child, for well shee may recouer her health of body againe, but neuer her credit, for it will bee a staine to her reputation whil'st shee liues." He would not admit to the deed, but demanded to see Joan and examine her. Mabel replied "she hath bin too late with you already, she will come no more here" and told him she not only knew he had sent his maid to dress Joan, but that the dish holding the venomous substance had been left behind.(18-21)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Briefe Description of the Notorious Life of John Lambe. Amsterdam: 1628, 18-21

1627, May 30 King's Bench    London, Greater  London  England 
2854

According to John Darrell, William Sommers said "there came vnto me a thing like vnto a Dogg, and said vnto me, And if I would consent vnto him & say that I was a cou[n]terfeit, he would giue me a bagge of golde, and if I woulde not, hee woulde make me be hanged, or else he would teare mee in peeces: And if I would, I should doe any thing that I would take in hand. And he would come to me like a Mouse, & would helpe me. And there came to me a thing like a Nass, and said, if I would not say that I was a Counterfeit, hee would cast me into the well, and so went away." Sommers was also allegedly intimidated into confessing he faked his possession by John Cooper and Nicholas Shepherd.(5-8)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 5-8

1597 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  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)

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

1599 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
2865

John Darrell is tried on charges of teaching William Sommers and the others demoniacs he claimed to have dispossessed to counterfeit possession. The anonymous publisher of the text claims to be doing so in his defense, as he is imprisoned and thus unable to defend himself.(Title Page, 12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, Title Page, 12

1599, September 30 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2866

John Darrell faces allegations of believing himself to have a "singular...gift to cast out Divells for vaine glory sake" and of having taught Katherine Wright, Thomas Darling, Mary Couper and William Sommers to counterfeit the signs of possession and dispossession to support that claim. (13-17)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 13-17

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2867

Katherine Wright gives deposition against John Darrell, alleging that she counterfieted her possession, and that Darrell instructed her to speak in a strange voice during her fits. He also told her that when she was asked the name of the spirit possessing her, she was to answer "Middlecub." (17-21)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 17-21

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2868

John Darrell faces allegations of lying on Katherine Wright's belly while she is in a fit. He was allegedly found in this state by a minister named Beckingham, who "plucked him of by the heeles, & thrust him out of the Chamber." He claims that he was trying to restrain her in her fit, and lay by her side, not on her belly, and that Beckingham was not present, but many women were there to witness, including his wife. (19-20)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 19-20

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2869

Thomas Darling confesses to counterfeiting his possession at John Darrell's instruction, though Darrell's defense alleges that he did so under threats of whipping, torture with a hot iron and hanging, and that the boy has been kept from making these charges in person because it is feared that he will deny his confession.(21-24)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 21-24

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2870

Mary Cooper confesses to counterfeiting possession. She accuses John Darrell of telling her that she was not pregnant, as she believed, but possessed and that when she laughed and smiled, her laughter was actually the Devil's.(24-28)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 24-28

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2871

John Darrell's defense alleges that Mary Cooper was in fact possessed, for "first Her belly was in the middst as it were divided, and raised vp of either side. 2. Out of her belly was heard sensibly a kinde of whoopping, and also a noyse much like the whurring of a cat. 3. Her belly suddenly swelled as if shee had bene halfe gone with childe, and so continued with little or no increase about a quarter of a yeare. 4. This swelling would be suddenly gone, & after a while be there againe. 5. Vpon and during this swelling she felt something (as it were quicke) stirr within her, which from the beginning she said was nothing like the stirring shee felt when before shee was with childe." She was allegedly delivered of lumps of flesh.(24-28)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 24-28

1599, May 26 Nottingham    Nottinghamshire  Nottinhamshire  England 
2872

William Sommers gives deposition alleging that John Darrell taught him to counterfeit possession. Darrell's defense claims that this cannot be true, because there are witnesses who saw him be flung about, heard noises come from his belly, heard him speak with his mouth shut, saw him swell enough to break a new leather girdle, saw strange lumps moving under his skin, and more.(28-33)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 28-33

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2873

William Sommers offers to counterfeit swelling before the High Commissioners at Lambeth. He puts his tongue in his cheek in a convincing recreation of the swelling he is said to have experienced when possessed. John Darrell's defense claims that he cannot counterfeit any other signs of possession, however, as he had the Devil's help originally.(33-34)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 33-34

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2874

William Sommers' claim that he faked his possession is supported by depositions from witnesses who allege that when they tried to investigate the lumps moving under his sheets, "one at one tyme caught his hande or foote, another his privie partes." One witness alleges that when he tried to throw off the sheet entirely, Darrell would not allow him to.(34-36)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 34-36

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2875

John Darrell's defense counters the allegations that William Sommers sometimes displayed ordinary strength, that when he was cast toward a fire he was taken away too quickly to burn, and that Sommers had black lead put in his mouth to make him foam. They claim that Sommers only had supernatural strength when in a fit, that Sommers did lay in the fire long enough to burn but without suffering harm and that black lead cannot make one foam at the mouth.(36-38)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 36-38

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2876

In response to William Sommer's accusation that John Darrell taught him to fake his possession, Darrell's defense responds that "Sommers is an vnlawful witnes, beeing manifestlie guiltie of periurie (having by oath both denied and affirmed counterfeiting) as also of blasphemy" and that he was witnessed to be possessed for at least a full month before Darrell arrived in Nottingham. (38)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 38

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2877

William Sommers alleges in his deposition that "long before Dorrell came to Nottingham, they mett at Ashby de la Zouche, where Dorrell then dwelled, and (vpo[n] agreement) they mett at Ashby parke 4. yeares together." He adds that he waited to fake his possession until John Darrell judged he had learned it well enough. When Darrell came to Nottingham, he instructed Sommers on how to act during the dispossession. Darrell claims that Sommers was only a child at the time when they allegedly first met, too young to be traveling for secret instruction. He adds that he was far from Sommers during his fits.(38-41)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 38-41

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2878

In support of William Sommer's accusations against John Darrell, Darrell allegedly bough Sommers out of his apprenticeship, and they often retired to Darrell's chamber to talk; this is perceived by the court as the opportunity for Darrel to have instructed Sommers to counterfeit possession. Furthermore, Sommers had also demonstrated how he had faked various of his fits.(41-49)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 41-49

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2879

John Darrell produces a letter written by his wife's sister as proof that Sommers was possessed before he came to Nottingham. He claims that, rather than coaching Sommers, he too was a victim of Sommers' counterfeit possession, and merely made an error in judgement in believing him genuinely possessed.(49-51)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 49-51

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2881

John Darrell alleges that William Sommers was originally thought to be bewitched, but that this was disproved, and thought to be a witch himself after he was dispossessed. He claims that Sommers accused Doll Freeman of witchcraft out of malice.(53)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 53

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2882

John Darrell admits to having bought out the remaining years of William Sommers' apprenticeship to a master fiddler after his dispossession, and claims that he did so to ensure that "Sommers should not any longer prophane the Sabbath, but serve the Lorde IESVS in whose name he was delivered." He spoke privately with Sommers on request of Sommers' father and in the role of a preacher only, not to commend him for the skill of his counterfeiting possession.(53-55)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 53-55

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2883

John Darrell is accused of sending William Sommers to witness Thomas Darling's fits in order to improve his own counterfeiting. Darrell counters that, while Sommers is said to have "avouched as much to Darlings face in the hearing of many," he could not answer Darling's questions about what his uncle's home looked like, or give details about the town.(55)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 55

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2884

John Darrell's defense alleges that if William Sommers counterfeited his fits, he should be able to demonstrate how, and Sommers had not divulged the method for all of his supposed tricks. His defense also ridicules the suggestion that the Lancashire Seven counterfeited by suggesting that they were tutored by tumblers and jugglers.(55-58)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 55-58

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2886

John Darrell alleges that his suspension from his Ministry following William Sommers' confession of counterfeiting impoverished him, and caused great hardship for his wife and five children. He also complains that, since his imprisonment for heresy, he has not been permitted to go to church as the other prisoners are.(58-62)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 58-62

1599, May 26 Lambeth    London, Greater  London Borough of Lambeth  England 
2898

A witness, M. Lewis Hughes, comes forth at Elizabeth Jackson's trial, a woman accused of bewitching the fourteen year old girl Mary Glover, in order to provide evidence against Elizabeth Jackson. This is the second piece of evidence this witness provides. Hughes is a preacher, who went to speak with Elizabeth Jackson while she was in prison, but he could "by no meanes cause her, to rehearse the beliefe," of God and Jesus Christ. Further, she refused of her own accord to say, "Deliver us from evill."(Fol. 34r)

Appears in:
Bradwell, Stephen. Mary Glover's Late Woeful Case. Unknown: 1603, Fol. 34r

1602, December 1 London (Newgate Prison)    London, City of  London  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 
2951

A maid (Anonymous 470) from Brantree in Essex, practised the imposture of "the belly," claiming to be bewitched and possessed when she was not. Doing so, the maid "gained money from the deceived beholders," until the store grew old, when the "Devil did easily leave her." (79)

Appears in:
Ady, Thomas. A Candle in the Dark . London: 1655, 79

1655 Braintree    Essex  Essex  England 
2956

A minister from Suffolk (Anonymous 475) affirmed that "one of the poor women that was hanged for a VVitch (Anonymous 476) at Berry Assizes, in the year 1645" sent her imps (Anonymous 235) into the army in order to kill "Parliament Souldiers," and others to kill "King's Souldiers." She also allegedly sent her imps to a man's (Anonymous 477) crop of corn, causing it die. This witch allegedly confessed to these crimes. (114)

Appears in:
Ady, Thomas. A Candle in the Dark . London: 1655, 114

1645     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
2957

Master Lewis, a minister, is executed at Berry, in the year 1645, accused of witchcraft. Allegedly, however, he suffers from a disease "called Hemorroids or Piles," which results in swelling and the pouring of blood, which was mistaken for witchcraft.(128)

Appears in:
Ady, Thomas. A Candle in the Dark . London: 1655, 128

1645 Barry    Glamorgan  Glamorgan  Wales 
2959

Sarah Bower, a fourteen year girl, experiences "most strange and unaccountable Fits," in intervals over several weeks. These fits are thought to be caused by "Fright she might receive by the Stroke on the Back." Many doctors (Anonymous 481) visit Sarah Bower, including Richard Dirby, and gave her "Comfortable things to take." However, they all believe "they never were with any Patient that had such Fits before."(3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2960

Two a Clock, the day Sarah Bower predicted she must meet a Gentleman in Black (Anonymous 237) who visited her and offered her money for blood for her arm, "with great Strength and Violence she found her self or was forced out of the Room," and went to the yard, where "she was soon thrown to the Ground in a strange manner," and experienced fits more violent than she ever had before. However, all witnesses (Anonymous 100) could see "no Form or Shape visible to them," that would cause her to fall.(6)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 6

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2961

Sarah Bower, a fourteen year old girl from Wapping, continues to experience fits as witnessed by many of her neighbours (Anonymous 100). It is observed that sometimes her fits, believed to be caused by the Devil in the form of an "evil spirit" (Anonymous 238) are quiet before a divine visits her, but causes her nonetheless to "be troublesome, sometimes falling out a Laughing, other times making Faces at them." Sarah Bower sometimes barks like a dog during prayers, or spits in the faces of those praying. She also is allegedly thrown from "one end of the Bed to the other," and tears her clothes. She becomes so strong that "scarce six Men can hold her in." Other strange noises Sarah Bower reportedly makes are lowing like a bull, and roaring like a lion. The Devil (Anonymous 238) is thought to appear before her in the "hideous Shape of a Monstrous Fiery Dragon, other whiles a Lyon." She seems caught between the Angel pulling her towards God, and the Devil towards Hell.(6 - 7)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 6 - 7

1693 Wapping    London, Greater  London  England 
2962

A young man (Anonymous 479) from Suffolk finds himself allegedly bewitched for some time. The witch (Anonymous 480) responsible for his circumstance was executed for it.(7)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 7

1693     Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
2963

A woman from Old Gravel Lane (Anonymous 19) is allegedly possessed by the Devil. The day after being prevented from eating by the spirit possessing her, the woman is visited by Divines (Anonymous 484). The spirit possessing her (Anonymous 240) threatens to throw the woman into water, "and so destroy her." He also threatens to make the divines present sick, and declared that "Prayers were not effectual, save only in [the] Pulpit." The woman remained possessed.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. News from Old-Gravel Lane. London: 1675, 4

1675, March 23       Unknown  England 
2964

A number of witnesses (Anonymous 449) including the woman Mrs. Hopper, witness a fit possessing a young maid (Anonymous 32) from Arpington. The maid's teeth are completely fixed, however "Infernal Spirits groan as it were in her Belly," and eventually, these spirits (Anonymous 18 and Anonymous 88) speak through the maid, saying, "Weaker and weaker, weaker and weaker." They repeat this phrase four times, and then finished. Many of the witnesses (Anonymous 449) run out of the room in fear and surprise, however, Doctor Boreman who prays over the maid refuses to leave, and among those who stay is Mrs. Hopper.(3-4)

Appears in:
Hopper, Mrs. Strange News from Arpington near Bexly in Kent being a True Narrative of a Young Maid who was Possest with Several Devils or Evil Spirits. London: 1679, 3-4

1679, May 5 Arpington    Kent  Kent  England 
2965

A maid from Arpington (Anonymous 32), continues to suffer from possession even after a spirit (Anonymous 18) is removed from her. This second spirit which remains within her (Anonymous 88) is responsible for distorting her face, and "the noys of it is heard as she goes or moves." At times, this spirit answers questions posed to it, and at others "makes a hideous murmuring, as if it disliked its present habitation."(5 - 6)

Appears in:
Hopper, Mrs. Strange News from Arpington near Bexly in Kent being a True Narrative of a Young Maid who was Possest with Several Devils or Evil Spirits. London: 1679, 5 - 6

1679 Arpington    Kent  Kent  England 
2966

A tenant (Anonymous 2) puts a heap of malt and a heap of vetches together in a room, only to find the next morning that they have mingled together and been put into a new heap.(2)

Appears in:
A., J.. The Daemon of Burton, or, A True Relation of Strange Witchcrafts or Incantations Lately Practised at Burton. London: 1671, 2

1671 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
2967

A Tenant (Anonymous 2) keeps many cheeses within her cheese chamber on shelves; and a bag of hops in the same room. However, one morning, she finds that "the Cheese were all laid in the Floor in several forms," and the hops were "strewed about the Room." However, the door was found locked as it had been left at night. Sometimes, cheese was also found in the dairy house, from the trines her cows drank from.(2 )

Appears in:
A., J.. The Daemon of Burton, or, A True Relation of Strange Witchcrafts or Incantations Lately Practised at Burton. London: 1671, 2

1671 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
2968

A Tenant (Anonymous 2) leaves "several dishes of cold Meat upon a hanging Shelf" in her buttery, but finds in the morning that a tablecloth has been laid upon the floor, and dishes and silverware set upon it, with most of the meat eaten.(2 - 3)

Appears in:
A., J.. The Daemon of Burton, or, A True Relation of Strange Witchcrafts or Incantations Lately Practised at Burton. London: 1671, 2 - 3

1671 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
2969

In order to discover the cause of a number of mysterious occurrences within her house, a Tenant (Anonymous 2) made sure that all the rooms in her house were locked, and strewed ashes across the entrance of all the doors. However, in the morning, "no footstep or track of any thing was found," even in rooms were objects had mysteriously moved.(3)

Appears in:
A., J.. The Daemon of Burton, or, A True Relation of Strange Witchcrafts or Incantations Lately Practised at Burton. London: 1671, 3

1671 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
2970

After experience a month of hauntings, possibly caused by a hag (Anonymous 485)'s "Hocus pocus Minor," some months go by without major incident, only to be ended one night when a Tenant (Anonymous 2) and her maid were going to bed, when they discovered that the hall, "dressed with green boughs, tyed on the Posts, after the Countrey fashion," was set afire, even though no fire had been made in the room for a fortnight, or any candles present. The fire was quickly put out by throwing water on it, but Anonymous 2's neighbours (Anonymous 486) come in and watch the house for the remainder of the night.(3 - 4)

Appears in:
A., J.. The Daemon of Burton, or, A True Relation of Strange Witchcrafts or Incantations Lately Practised at Burton. London: 1671, 3 - 4

1671 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
2971

A Tenant (Anonymous 2) finds that "a Mow of Pulse and Pease" was set afire while she out during the day, and that all the grain either burned or was spoiled. Burnt coals were found at the bottom of the mow, which she and her neighbours conclude could only be "convey'd thither but by Witchcraft."(4)

Appears in:
A., J.. The Daemon of Burton, or, A True Relation of Strange Witchcrafts or Incantations Lately Practised at Burton. London: 1671, 4

1671 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
2972

After a number of mysterious fires, a Tenant (Anonymous 2) moves out of her house, upon which occasion John Jones, "a valiant Welchman of the neighborhood," took it upon himself to sleep in the house and encounter the "Hagg" believed to be responsible for the mischief caused. John Jones takes with him "a large Baskethilted Sword, a Mastive Dog and a Lanthorn and Candle." He had not lain long, when he "heard great knocking at the Door," and suddenly, a great many cats came into the chambers and broke the windows, causing a "hideous noise." The dog howled and quacked, fearfully creeping close to his master, while the burning candle went out. The Welshman leaves the house running, protesting the next day that "he would not lye another night in the House for a hundred pounds."(4 - 5)

Appears in:
A., J.. The Daemon of Burton, or, A True Relation of Strange Witchcrafts or Incantations Lately Practised at Burton. London: 1671, 4 - 5

1671 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
2973

A Tenant (Anonymous 2) leaves a bowl of strawberries in a pewter dish in her buttery on a Friday night. However, upon waking, she finds both the dish and the strawberries gone, and searched all Saturday to no avail. On Monday morning, the dish appears on the foot of her bed, empty of strawberries.(5)

Appears in:
A., J.. The Daemon of Burton, or, A True Relation of Strange Witchcrafts or Incantations Lately Practised at Burton. London: 1671, 5

1671 Burton upon Trent    Staffordshire  Stafford  England 
2984

Margaret Hooper experiences fits for a week, despite saying the Lords prayer with her husband and friends. She remembers little of her fits, "to the great griefe of her husband, friends, and neighbours."(5 - 6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Most Fearful and Strange News from Durham being a True Relation of one Margaret Hooper of Edenbyres. London: 1641, 5 - 6

1641 Edenbyres    Durham  Durham  England 
2985

In the middle of the night, Stephen Hooper and Margaret Hooper, who have woken because of a fit she experienced, hear "a great noise in the street, as if it had beene the comming of foure or five carts." Upon looking up, Stephen Hooper sees something coming towards the bed, "much like a beare," (Anonymous 245) but without a head or a tail, and much larger in size. The apparition strokes Margaret Hooper on the feet three times, and then takes her out of the bed and rolled her around the chamber and under the bed. Finally, the apparition causes Margaret Hooper to put her head between her legs, and rolled her around like a hoop through the house, and down the stairs. Her husband does not dare go after at her, but instead weeps to see her carried away. The hall was filled with "an horrible stinke [...] and such fiery flames." Eventually, Margaret Hooper calls out to her husband, claiming the spirit is gone, and she comes up the stairs back to him. Together, with the rest of the household, Stephen and Margaret Hooper pray.(3 - 4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Most Fearful and Strange News from Durham being a True Relation of one Margaret Hooper of Edenbyres. London: 1641, 3 - 4

1641, November Edenbyres    Durham  Durham  England 
2986

After being visited by a monster, Stephen Hooper and his wife, Margaret Hooper, pray by their bedside along with the rest of their household. During these prayers, the window is mysteriously opened, and suddenly, Margaret Hooper's leg's are thrust out the window, "so that they were clasped about the post in the middle of the Window betweene her leggs." As well, a great fire appears at her feet "the stink whereof was horrible." Her husband, and his brother decide to "charge the Devill in the name of the Father, the Sonne, and the holy Ghost to depart from her, and to trouble her no more," pulling her off the window. Margaret Hooper then cries out that she sees "a little child," (Anonymous 246) and upon looking out the window, a little child is seen, "with a very bright shinning countenance," that he outshines the candle. All present "fall flat to the ground," and pray. The child vanishes, and Margaret Hooper believes she is freed from her possession.(5 - 6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Most Fearful and Strange News from Durham being a True Relation of one Margaret Hooper of Edenbyres. London: 1641, 5 - 6

1641, November Edenbyres    Durham  Durham  England 
2988

Anon 489, a rich farmer with three half-acres of oats to mow, allegedly sent for his neighbor, Anon 490 to hire him for the harvest. When Anon 490, a poor mower, tried to bargain for a better price for his labor, Anon 489 took "some exceptions at, bid him much more under the usual Rate than the poor Man asked above it; So that some sharp Words had past." Offended, Anon 490 refused to discuss the matter any further.(Title page)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Mowing-Devil. Unknown: 1678, Title page

1678, August     Hertfordshire  Hertforshire  England 
2989

Anon 490, afraid of losing work and Anon 489's patronage, ran after Anon 489 and begged to be hired on at a rate lower than he had charged for any mowing in the past year. The farmer, Anon 489, allegedly replied "That the Devil himself should Mow his Oats before he should have anything to do with them." With that, the two finally parted ways.(Title page)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Mowing-Devil. Unknown: 1678, Title page

1678, August     Hertfordshire  Hertforshire  England 
2990

The night after the farmer Anon 489 declared the Devil would mow his oats before Anon 489 would be hired to, several passers by allegedly saw the Anon 489's three half-acres of oats burn for some time.(Title page)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Mowing-Devil. Unknown: 1678, Title page

1678, August     Hertfordshire  Hertforshire  England 
2991

The morning after Anon 489's three half-acres of oats were allegedly seen to burn, Anon 489 received news of the event. He traveled to the field to witness it for himself, expecting destruction, and instead "found the Crop was Cut down ready to his hands; and as if the Devil had a mind to shew his dexterity in the art of Husbandry, and scorn'd to mow them after the usual manner, he cut them in round Circles, and plac't every straw with the exactness that would have taken up above an Age, for any Man to perform what he did in that one night."(Title page)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Mowing-Devil. Unknown: 1678, Title page

1678, August     Hertfordshire  Hertforshire  England 
2992

Anon 489 is allegedly to afraid to have his oats removed from the field after finding them "so neatly Mow'd by the Devil, or some Infernal Spirit, that no Mortal Man was able to do the like."(Title page)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Mowing-Devil. Unknown: 1678, Title page

1678, August     Hertfordshire  Hertforshire  England 
2993

Elizabeth Brooke, of Great Leighs, Essex, allegedly bewitches Margaret Cleveland, the wife of John Cleveland, to death.()

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011,

1583, June 20 Great Leighs    Essex  Essex  England 
2995

Elizabeth Brooke, of Great Leighs, Essex, confesses to bewitching livestock belonging to several different men. She allegedly bewitched "six cows and six horses and mares worth [...] belonging to James Holmested; "a cow, five heifers and four 'hoges'" belonging to Anonymous 491; "two cows and two mares [...] belonging to Thomas Cornyshe; and "'sowes' worth 40s" belonging to George Fy, whose animals died. ()

Appears in:
Essex Record Office, . Calendar of Essex Assize Records. Online. http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk: 2011,

1583, October 20 Great Leighs    Essex  Essex  England