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ID Short Description & Text Name Preferred Name Person Type
241

A girl of Cleworth in the county of Lancashire in the parish of Leigh, known to be the daughter of NIcholas Starchie and the sister of John Starchie, who at the age of nine allegedly began to suffer fits caused by Edmund Hartley. She was first taken with a dumpy and heavy countenance. Anne Starchy is alleged to have been given to scoffing and blasphemy during her fits, and to have caused a loud whupping noise by joining hands with other possessed persons. She described her possessor as being a foul ugly man with a white beard and a head-sized bulge on his chest. It is said that she developed supernatural strength and knowledge, able to foretell her fits.(Image 5, 9, 21)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5, 9, 21

Anne Starchie Anne Starchie Demoniac
241

A girl of Cleworth in the county of Lancashire in the parish of Leigh, known to be the daughter of NIcholas Starchie and the sister of John Starchie, who at the age of nine allegedly began to suffer fits caused by Edmund Hartley. She was first taken with a dumpy and heavy countenance. Anne Starchy is alleged to have been given to scoffing and blasphemy during her fits, and to have caused a loud whupping noise by joining hands with other possessed persons. She described her possessor as being a foul ugly man with a white beard and a head-sized bulge on his chest. It is said that she developed supernatural strength and knowledge, able to foretell her fits.(Image 5, 9, 21)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5, 9, 21

Anne Starchie Anne Starchie Victim
242

A boy from Cleworth in the County of Lancashire in the parish of Leigh, known to be the son of Nicholas Starchie and the brother of Anne Starchie, who at the age of ten allegedly began to suffer fits caused by Edmund Hartley. His fits started at school, where he could not keep himself from shouting, and progressing until they became more extreme. At various times, he would bleed abundantly, loudly blaspheme, cause a loud whupping noise, fall as if dead, gnash his teeth, or vomit. John Starchie described the possession as coming and going from him as a ill-favoured, hunchbacked man. He would also bite at people, snatch various things, and throw whatever came to hand. He developed supernatural strength, the ability to foretell his fits, and could tell what it was that someone was bringing him to drink ahead of time.(Image 5, 8, 9, 19, 21)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5, 8, 9, 19, 21

John Starchie John Starchie Victim
242

A boy from Cleworth in the County of Lancashire in the parish of Leigh, known to be the son of Nicholas Starchie and the brother of Anne Starchie, who at the age of ten allegedly began to suffer fits caused by Edmund Hartley. His fits started at school, where he could not keep himself from shouting, and progressing until they became more extreme. At various times, he would bleed abundantly, loudly blaspheme, cause a loud whupping noise, fall as if dead, gnash his teeth, or vomit. John Starchie described the possession as coming and going from him as a ill-favoured, hunchbacked man. He would also bite at people, snatch various things, and throw whatever came to hand. He developed supernatural strength, the ability to foretell his fits, and could tell what it was that someone was bringing him to drink ahead of time.(Image 5, 8, 9, 19, 21)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5, 8, 9, 19, 21

John Starchie John Starchie Demoniac
243

A man of Cleworth in the county of Lancashire and the parish of Leigh, known to be a gentleman and the father of the Starchie children, including Anne Starchie and John Starchie; the children allegedly suffered fits. Nicholas Starchie sought help as the children's fits became worse, eventually hiring Edmund Hartley, a conjurer with a reputation for charms and herbs. Starchie offered Hartley an annual pension for his help.(Image 5)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5

Nicholas Starchie Nicholas Starchie Witness
243

A man of Cleworth in the county of Lancashire and the parish of Leigh, known to be a gentleman and the father of the Starchie children, including Anne Starchie and John Starchie; the children allegedly suffered fits. Nicholas Starchie sought help as the children's fits became worse, eventually hiring Edmund Hartley, a conjurer with a reputation for charms and herbs. Starchie offered Hartley an annual pension for his help.(Image 5)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5

Nicholas Starchie Nicholas Starchie Relative of Victim
244

A young girl of Cleworth in the County of Lancastershire in the parish of Leigh, known to be ten years of age and belong to the Starchie household, alleged to be afflicted with fits by Edmund Hartley. She is alleged to have been able to predict her fits and the details of them, and attributed this knowledge to a white dove. At one point, she and Elizabeth Hardman were unable to eat for three days and nights, nor speak to anyone but one another except " to ther lads. saue that their lads gaue them leaue (as the said) the one to eate a toast & drink, the other a sower milk posset." Hartley is said to have been angry that the ate, even with permission, and made them vomit it up. Holland was then made to spin with a distaff for an hour and a half, spinning faster and a finer thread than she ever had before. At a dinner, Holland and the Hardman sisters were thrown back, their bodies swelled, their faces disfigured, and strange motion was observed from within their bodies. Holland described her possessor as a great bear with an open mouth that turned into a white dove.(Image 6, 8, 10)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 6, 8, 10

Elinor Hollande Eleanor Holland Demoniac
244

A young girl of Cleworth in the County of Lancastershire in the parish of Leigh, known to be ten years of age and belong to the Starchie household, alleged to be afflicted with fits by Edmund Hartley. She is alleged to have been able to predict her fits and the details of them, and attributed this knowledge to a white dove. At one point, she and Elizabeth Hardman were unable to eat for three days and nights, nor speak to anyone but one another except " to ther lads. saue that their lads gaue them leaue (as the said) the one to eate a toast & drink, the other a sower milk posset." Hartley is said to have been angry that the ate, even with permission, and made them vomit it up. Holland was then made to spin with a distaff for an hour and a half, spinning faster and a finer thread than she ever had before. At a dinner, Holland and the Hardman sisters were thrown back, their bodies swelled, their faces disfigured, and strange motion was observed from within their bodies. Holland described her possessor as a great bear with an open mouth that turned into a white dove.(Image 6, 8, 10)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 6, 8, 10

Elinor Hollande Eleanor Holland Victim
246

A young woman of Cleworth in Lancashire in the parish of Leigh, known to be 30 years old and a member of the Starchie household, who is alleged to have been afflicted with fits by Edmund Hartley. When asked to bear witness against Hartley, she began to bark and howl. Later, she became sick after going into Hartley's chamber and looking in his chest. At another time, her belly swelled as if she were pregnant, but over the course of a day, before shrinking again. It is said that before her barking fit, Hartley had been seen kissing her, and was thought to have promised her marriage. She was not dispossessed with the rest, but instead suffered pains and vomited up foamy, bloody matter. She was thought to have been dispossessed, however, though it came out the next day that she was still tormented. The exorcism was performed again, this time successfully; the Devil was seen to leave her in a great breath, ugly like a toad. She confessed that the Devil had made her lie the day before.(Image 6, 8, 9)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 6, 8, 9

Jane Ashton Jane Ashton Demoniac
246

A young woman of Cleworth in Lancashire in the parish of Leigh, known to be 30 years old and a member of the Starchie household, who is alleged to have been afflicted with fits by Edmund Hartley. When asked to bear witness against Hartley, she began to bark and howl. Later, she became sick after going into Hartley's chamber and looking in his chest. At another time, her belly swelled as if she were pregnant, but over the course of a day, before shrinking again. It is said that before her barking fit, Hartley had been seen kissing her, and was thought to have promised her marriage. She was not dispossessed with the rest, but instead suffered pains and vomited up foamy, bloody matter. She was thought to have been dispossessed, however, though it came out the next day that she was still tormented. The exorcism was performed again, this time successfully; the Devil was seen to leave her in a great breath, ugly like a toad. She confessed that the Devil had made her lie the day before.(Image 6, 8, 9)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 6, 8, 9

Jane Ashton Jane Ashton Victim
248

A woman from Cleworth in the county of Lancashire in the parish of Leigh, known to have been employed within the Starchie household, who allegedly suffered fits caused by Edmund Hartley. The first incident she suffered was to be flung toward the kitchen fire; throughout that day she was repeatedly flung about. During other fits, her belly would roil and feel like something was rising from it to her heart or her head and nose would feel as if full of nails. When her belly was swollen, she would be lifted up and bounced, and when the swelling subsided she would bark and howl while her body was numbed with cold. At one time, she accompanied Hartley to Salford, where he prayed over her and they met with two Justices of the Peace who tried to get Byrom to speak against him; she was struck speechless and was cast down backwards. She would be struck with visions of a large black dog or a black cat coming at her. Six times in a six-week period, she was left unable to eat or drink; when permitted to eat, she would eat greedily and cry for more, complaining that she was still hungry. At another time, she felt pulled to pieces and a stinking smoke and breath rose from her for a day and night. Shortly before Hartley's hanging, the Devil appeared to her in Hartley's likeness, promising silver and gold if she "took heed what she said."(Image 7)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 7

Margaret Byrom Margaret Byrom Victim
248

A woman from Cleworth in the county of Lancashire in the parish of Leigh, known to have been employed within the Starchie household, who allegedly suffered fits caused by Edmund Hartley. The first incident she suffered was to be flung toward the kitchen fire; throughout that day she was repeatedly flung about. During other fits, her belly would roil and feel like something was rising from it to her heart or her head and nose would feel as if full of nails. When her belly was swollen, she would be lifted up and bounced, and when the swelling subsided she would bark and howl while her body was numbed with cold. At one time, she accompanied Hartley to Salford, where he prayed over her and they met with two Justices of the Peace who tried to get Byrom to speak against him; she was struck speechless and was cast down backwards. She would be struck with visions of a large black dog or a black cat coming at her. Six times in a six-week period, she was left unable to eat or drink; when permitted to eat, she would eat greedily and cry for more, complaining that she was still hungry. At another time, she felt pulled to pieces and a stinking smoke and breath rose from her for a day and night. Shortly before Hartley's hanging, the Devil appeared to her in Hartley's likeness, promising silver and gold if she "took heed what she said."(Image 7)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 7

Margaret Byrom Margaret Byrom Demoniac
249

A man of Cleworth in the county of Lancashire within the parish of Leigh, known to be a conjurer, who allegedly bewitches several women and the Starchie children in Lancashire. NIcholas Starchie hired him to use charms and herbs to help his children. For a year and a half, the Starchie children suffered no fits, until Hartley pretended he was leaving the county, at which time John Starchie began bleeding and would not stop until Hartley had been fetched back. After this incident, Nicholas Starchie offered Hartley a retainer, but Hartley demanded a house and land, which Starchie refused. A supernatural loud whupping noise is allegedly conjured by Hartley, and the children's fits began anew. When Master Hopwood, a Justice of Peace, came to take testimony against Hartley, his four youngest victims refused, saying that Hartley would not suffer them to speak against him. Hartley is also alleged to have caused Jane Ashton to have barking fits and become sick, and Marg Byrom to be vexed by accidents. He is condemned to death at the assizes of Lancaster and hanged.(Image 5-6, 7)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5-6, 7

Edmund Hartley Edmund Hartley Witch
1202

A young girl of Cleworth in the County of Lancastershire in the parish of Leigh, known to be the sister of Margaret Hardmen and belong to the Starchie household, alleged to be afflicted with fits by Edmund Hartlay. Hardman is found under a bed making a hole in the wall, saying that she will be drawn through it to Heaven. She is alleged to have been able to predict her fits and the details of them, and attributed this knowledge to a white dove. At one point, she and Eleanor Holland were unable to eat for three days and nights, nor speak to anyone but one another except " to ther lads. saue that their lads gaue them leaue (as the said) the one to eate a toast & drink, the other a sower milk posset." Hartley is said to have been angry that the ate, even with permission, and made them vomit it up. At a dinner, Holland and the Hardman sisters were thrown back, their bodies swelled, their faces disfigured, and strange motion was observed from within their bodies. At one time, Harman describes her possessor as being like an urchin, who went through a tiny hole in the parlor and returned in a foul shape promising her gold if he gave her leave to possess her again; he threatened to throw her into the fire and break her neck when she resisted. At another time, he came to her in the shape of a bear with fire in its mouth, which terrified her into running away; she was caught and showed two bags, one of silver and one of gold, and promised nine times as much but she resisted. He came next in the shape of an ape, again promising gold, threatening to cast her out the window or into the fire, and departed with a shriek.(Image 5, 6, 8, 10)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5, 6, 8, 10

Elizabeth Hardman Elizabeth Hardman Victim
1202

A young girl of Cleworth in the County of Lancastershire in the parish of Leigh, known to be the sister of Margaret Hardmen and belong to the Starchie household, alleged to be afflicted with fits by Edmund Hartlay. Hardman is found under a bed making a hole in the wall, saying that she will be drawn through it to Heaven. She is alleged to have been able to predict her fits and the details of them, and attributed this knowledge to a white dove. At one point, she and Eleanor Holland were unable to eat for three days and nights, nor speak to anyone but one another except " to ther lads. saue that their lads gaue them leaue (as the said) the one to eate a toast & drink, the other a sower milk posset." Hartley is said to have been angry that the ate, even with permission, and made them vomit it up. At a dinner, Holland and the Hardman sisters were thrown back, their bodies swelled, their faces disfigured, and strange motion was observed from within their bodies. At one time, Harman describes her possessor as being like an urchin, who went through a tiny hole in the parlor and returned in a foul shape promising her gold if he gave her leave to possess her again; he threatened to throw her into the fire and break her neck when she resisted. At another time, he came to her in the shape of a bear with fire in its mouth, which terrified her into running away; she was caught and showed two bags, one of silver and one of gold, and promised nine times as much but she resisted. He came next in the shape of an ape, again promising gold, threatening to cast her out the window or into the fire, and departed with a shriek.(Image 5, 6, 8, 10)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5, 6, 8, 10

Elizabeth Hardman Elizabeth Hardman Demoniac
1204

A woman of Cleworth in the county of Lancashire in the parish of Leigh, known to be wife of Nicholas Starchie and the mother of Anne Starchie and John Starchie. During Lent, Mistress Starchie questioned her children on their well-being. They call her filthy names during their fits.(Image 5, 6)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5, 6

Starchie Mistress Starchie Relative of Victim
1204

A woman of Cleworth in the county of Lancashire in the parish of Leigh, known to be wife of Nicholas Starchie and the mother of Anne Starchie and John Starchie. During Lent, Mistress Starchie questioned her children on their well-being. They call her filthy names during their fits.(Image 5, 6)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 5, 6

Starchie Mistress Starchie Witness
1842

A young girl of Cleworth in the County of Lancastershire in the parish of Leigh, known to be fourteen years of age and the sister of Elizabeth Hardmen and belong to the Starchie household, alleged to be afflicted with fits by Edmund Hartlay. She is alleged to have been able to predict her fits and the details of them, and attributed this knowledge to a white dove. At a dinner, Holland and the Hardman sisters were thrown back, their bodies swelled, their faces disfigured, and strange motion was observed from within their bodies. She is heard to say " I must goe I must away: I cannot tarrie, whither shall I goe? I am hot, I am too hot. I will not dye" when a Mr. More was praying over her. She describes her possessor the same way as John Starchie, as like an ill-favoured man with a bulge on his back; at one time he offers gold and threatens to break her neck, cast her into a pit and drown her for refusing him.(Image 8, 10)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 8, 10

Margaret Hardman Margaret Hardman Demoniac
1842

A young girl of Cleworth in the County of Lancastershire in the parish of Leigh, known to be fourteen years of age and the sister of Elizabeth Hardmen and belong to the Starchie household, alleged to be afflicted with fits by Edmund Hartlay. She is alleged to have been able to predict her fits and the details of them, and attributed this knowledge to a white dove. At a dinner, Holland and the Hardman sisters were thrown back, their bodies swelled, their faces disfigured, and strange motion was observed from within their bodies. She is heard to say " I must goe I must away: I cannot tarrie, whither shall I goe? I am hot, I am too hot. I will not dye" when a Mr. More was praying over her. She describes her possessor the same way as John Starchie, as like an ill-favoured man with a bulge on his back; at one time he offers gold and threatens to break her neck, cast her into a pit and drown her for refusing him.(Image 8, 10)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, Image 8, 10

Margaret Hardman Margaret Hardman Victim
1851

A man from Cawlke in Darbyshire, known to be a pastor, who accompanied John Darrell to Cleworth in Lancashire to assist in exorcising the seven possessed people in Nicholas Starchie's household.(8)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, 8

George More George More Exorcist
1851

A man from Cawlke in Darbyshire, known to be a pastor, who accompanied John Darrell to Cleworth in Lancashire to assist in exorcising the seven possessed people in Nicholas Starchie's household.(8)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A True Narration of the Strange and Greuous Vexation by the Devil, of 7. Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers of Nottingham. Unknown: 1600, 8

George More George More Preacher/Minister