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ID Short Description Date City Parish Current County Old county Nation
358

Jennet Bierley, Ellen Bierley, and Jane Southworth are tried on August 19, 1612 before Justice of the Assize for Lancaster Edward Bromley. They stand accused of bewitching Grace Sowerbuts so that she wasted and consumed.(K3-K4)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, K3-K4

1612, August 19   Salmesbury  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
359

Grace Sowerbutts is examined under oath. She claims that, for the last several years, she has been haunted and vexed by some women. She names them as her grandmother Jennet Bierley, her aunt Ellen Bierley, Jane Southworth and Old Doewife. (K4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, K4v

1612, August 19   Salmesbury  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
360

Grace Sowerbutts accuses Jennet Bierley, Ellen Bierley, Jane Southworth and Old Doewife of dragging her violently by her hair and laying her on top of Henry Bierley's hay-mow.(K4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, K4v

1612, August 19   Salmesbury  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
361

Grace Sowerbutts accuses Jennet Bierley of turning into a dog to torment her. Sowerbutts alleges the Bierley knocked her over while in the shape of a dog, but did not hurt her. She claims that after this incident, she told her father about how Bierley had been tormenting her. When asked why she hadn't said anything sooner, Sowerbutts claimed that she had wanted to, but could not.(K4v-L)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, K4v-L

1612, August 19   Salmesbury  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1233

Grace Sowerbutts alleges during her examination that, the same night she was rescued by the spirit Anonymous 180, Jennet Bierley reappeared in the shape of a black dog and carried her to Hugh Walshman's barn. Bierley lay her on the barn floor, covered her with straw and hay, and lay on top of her for a long time. She robbed Sowerbutts of her speech and senses, and when Sowerbutts awoke, it was two nights later and she was in Walshman's home. She had been found in the barn and carried to the house by friends. The next night, her father fetched her home. (K4v-Lv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, K4v-Lv

1612, April 4   Salmesbury  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1234

Grace Sowerbutts alleges during her examination that at Two Brigges between Preston and Salmesbury, Jennet Bierley and Ellen Bierley appeared to her in their own shapes, caused her to fall down, and robbed her of speech for the next several days. They appeared to her again while she lay in her father's house, but did nothing at that time.(K4v-Lv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, K4v-Lv

1612, August 19   Salmesbury  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1235

Grace Sowerbutts accuses Jennet Bierley and Ellen Bierley of going into Thomas Walshman's house at night and stealing Walshman's child from their bed. Grace alleges that Jennet and Ellen set the child down by the fire and pierced its navel with a nail, then set a pen in the wound and sucked from it. They returned the child to the bed after. Grace claims the child did not cry when it was hurt, but it languished thereafter and died. The night after the child's burial, Jennet and Ellen dug it up from the churchyard. They boiled some of it in a pot and broiled the rest on the coals, and ate it. Grace said that they tried to get her and Ellen's daughter to eat as well, but both refused. After, they rendered fat from the child's bones to anoint themselves with so they could change shapes. They said they would return the bones to the grave the next night, but Grace did not know whether they did.(K4v-L2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, K4v-L2v

1612, August 19   Salmesbury  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1236

Grace Sowerbutts alleged in her deposition that her grandmother, Jennet Bierley, brought her to meetings of witches on the north bank of the river Ribble six months before. Ellen Bierley and Jane Southworth were also there; these meetings took place every Thursday and Sunday for two weeks. Four black things, going upright but not like men in the face, carried them across the water to feast. Grace claimed that she had never seen such meat, and refused to eat of it. They all danced afterward with the black things. After the dancing, "the said black things did pull downe the said three Women, and did abuse their bodies, as this Examinate thinketh, for shee saith, that the black thing that was with her, did abuse her bodie."(K4v, L2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, K4v, L2v

1612   Salmesbury  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1237

Grace Sowerbutts alleges in her deposition that Jane Southworth repeatedly came to her, set her in haylofts and ditches, and robbed her of speech and senses. (K4v, L2v-L4)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, K4v, L2v-L4

1612, August 19   Salmesbury  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1239

Grace Sowerbutts alleges in her deposition that after the black things carried her back across the Ribble, many other women came to the riverbank to meet, but she did not recognize any of them. She did not see them eat or dance, just watched; Grace thought they must live on the north side of the river, for she did not see them coming out of the water either.(K4v, L4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, K4v, L4v

1612, August 19   Salmesbury  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1242

Thomas Walshman gives deposition stating that he did have a year-old child who died around Lent of the previous year, after a sickness lasting about three weeks. However, he could not say what the cause of its death had been.(L4)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, L4

1611, April   Salmesbury  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
1243

Thomas Walshman gives deposition confirming that Grace Sowerbutts was found in his father Hugh Walshman's barn under some straw around April 15 of that year. He says that Sowerbutts was carried to his home, and lay there until the following Monday night. She did not speak the whole time, just lay there as if dead.(L4)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, L4

1612, April 15   Salmesbury  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2503

John Singleton gives deposition in Salmesbury before Justice of the Peace Robert Holden on August 7, 1612. In his deposition, he claims that he had often heard his master, Sir John Southworth (now deceased) speak of his cousin John Southworth's wife, Jane Southworth, as an "euill woman, and a Witch." Sir John also said he was "sorry for her husband, that was his kinsman, for he thought she would kill him." Furthermore, Sir John avoided Jane, to the point that he would choose routes that allowed him to avoid passing her house.(L4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, L4v

1612, August 7   Salmesbury  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
2504

William Alker gives deposition on April 15, 1612, before Justice of the Peace Robert Holden. Alker claims to have seen Sir John Southworth shun Joan Southworth whenever they came near one another. He also claimed to have heard Sir John say that "he liked her not, and that he doubted she would bewitch him."(M)

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

1612, April 15   Salmesbury  Lancashire  Lancaster  England