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Accusation

Mr. Radcliffe gives deposition alleging that Elizabeth Sawyer threatened his wife, Agnes Radcliffe. According to Mr. Radcliffe, the two women fought after Sawyer's sow ate some of Agnes' soap, and Agnes struck the animal. Sawyer told Agnes "for that Elizabeth Sawyer would be reuenged of her, and thus threatned Agnes Ratcleife, that it should be a deare blow vnto her." (B2-B3)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, B2-B3

1621  London  Edmonton  London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
Accusation

Annis Glascocke is allegedly identified by one of her old roommates as "a naughtie woman, and a dealer in witchcrafte," according to Michael Stevens. Glascocke "denyeth that she knewe anye such woman, or that any such speaches were vsed vnto her." (38)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 38

1582, March    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Annis Herd is accused by several Little Okeley residents of bewitching, and is sent to prison. (93-94)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 93-94

1582, March 17    Little Oakey  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Joan Vaughan allegedly "committed something either in spech, or gesture, so [u]nfitting, and [u]nseming the nature of woman-hood, that it displeased the most that were there present," deeply offending Mistress Belcher. Belcher struck Vaugan for the transgression, and forced her out of her company. Vaughan, enraged, replied "shee would remember this iniury, and re[v]enge it." Belcher was unimpressed, and ended the encounter by saying that Vaughan "neither seared her nor her mother: but bad her doe her worst." Vaughan is said to have reported this altercation to her mother, Agnes Brown, and they decided to take revenge on Belcher, after a wait of three or four days to avoid suspicion. (B2-B3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, B2-B3

1611  Guilsborough  Gilsborough  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Accusation

Hellen Jenkenson is apprehended from her home in Thrapston by Sir Thomas Brook for allegedly bewitching a child to death and committed to Northampton Gaol. She is suspected of the child's murder due to a reputation for living an evil life, and suspicion that she had bewitched cattle and caused other mischiefs in the past. (D2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, D2

1611, May 11  Thrapston  Thrapston  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Accusation

Sir Francis Manners succeeds his brother as the Earl of Rutland and takes up residence at Belvoir (Beaver) Castle. Joan Flower, and her daughters Margaret and Phillip, are hired as charwomen to assist with the household's upkeep. Margaret earns a residency as both a poultry-keeper and a laundress. This lasts until the Countess hears accusations that the Flower women have been engaged in various misdemeanors during their employment. (C2-C3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, C2-C3

1618  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Accusation

Countess Manners hears numerous accusations against the Flower women. Joan Flowers, the mother, is said to be "a monstrous malicious woman, full of oathes, curses, and imprecations irreligious, and for any thing they saw by her, a plaine Atheist; besides of late dayes her very countenance was estranged, her eyes were fiery and hollow, her speech fell and enuious, her de[m]eanour strange and exoticke, and her conuersation sequestred; so that the whole course of her life gaue great suspition that she was a notorious Witch, yea some of her neighbours dared to affirme that shee dealt with familiar spirits, and terrified them all with curses and threatning of reuenge, if there were neuer so little cause of displeasure and vnkindnesse." (C2-C4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, C2-C4

1618  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Accusation

Justice Arthur Robinson, having held a long suspicion that Elizabeth Sawyer is a witch, has thatching taken from her roof. He alleges that wherever some of the thatching was burnt, Sawyer was soon seen to come, thereby proving she is a witch. (A4-B1)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, A4-B1

1621  London  Edmonton  London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
Accusation

Elizabeth Sawyer's appearance and habits are used as further proof that she is a witch. She is allegedly bloodlessly pale and ghost-like in her face, with a tendency to stare at the ground; her body is crooked and deformed, and her tongue appears to be under the Devil's control at her apprehension and trial, due to her long cursing, swearing, blaspheming and imprecating. Her tongue in particular is identified as "the meanes of her owne destruction, which had destroyed many before." (B1)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, B1

1621  London  Edmonton  London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
Accusation

Sir Francis Manners, the Earl of Rutland, develops a dislike of Joan, Margaret and Phillip Flower and ceases to hear their complaints. The Countess, the Earl's wife, eventually discharges Margaret for "[i]ndecencies both in her life and neglect of her businesse." Margaret is turned out of Belvoir (Beaver) Castle with a severance of 40 shillings, a bolster and a mattress of wool. In the aftermath, Joan Flower is "exprobrated by her neighbours for her Daughters casting out of dores, and other conceiued displeasures" and "many times cursed them all that were the cause of this discontentment, and made her so loathsome to her former familiar friends, and beneficiall acquaintance." (C4-C4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, C4-C4v

1618  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Accusation

Anonymous 346 accuses Anne West of sending her familiars, in the shape of four black rabbits, to trouble him. West allegedly retorts that "that they were not sent to trouble him, but were sent out as Scouts upon another designe." (39-40)

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, 39-40

1645  Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Widow Perry and her sons (Anonymous 92 and Anonymous 93) are apprehended on the suspicion of robbing and murdering William Harrison. (6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Power of Witchcraft being a Most Strange but True Relation of the Most Miraculous and Wonderful Deliverance of One Mr. William Harrison. London: 1662, 6

1662  London  Cambden  London, Greater  London  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Arthur Bill and his mother allegedly conspire to bewitch a round ball into Bill (Father)'s throat to prevent him from relenting and making a confession. The ball remains lodged in Bill (Father)'s throat for some time, during which he was unable to speak a word. However, it eventually worked its way out, and Bill (Father) became the principal witness against Arthur. (C3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, C3

1611  Eastcote  Pattishall  Northamptonshire  Northampton  England 
Accusation

Joan Williford accuses Jane Hott, Elizabeth Harris and Joan Cariden, alias Argoll, of being her fellow witches during her confession. She alleges that Harris cursed John Woodcott's boat six or seven years before, and that Cariden had cursed both Robert Greenstreet, Mayor of Faversham, and John Mannington. Mannington's curse was that he should not thrive, which Willimot claims came to pass. (1-2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Examination, Confession, Trial, and Execution, of Joane Williford, Joan Cariden, and Jane Hott. London: 1645, 1-2

1645, September 24  Faversham  Feversham  Kent  Kent  England 
Accusation

Joan Cariden, alias Argoll, is examined a third time before Mayor Robert Greenwood on September 27, 1645. During this examination, Cariden made a confession alleging that Jane Hott told her there had been "a great meeting at Goodwife Panterys house, and that Goodwife Dadson was there, and that Goodwife Gardner should have been there, but did not come, and the Divell sat at the upper end of the Table." (3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Examination, Confession, Trial, and Execution, of Joane Williford, Joan Cariden, and Jane Hott. London: 1645, 3

1645, September 27  Faversham  Feversham  Kent  Kent  England 
Accusation

An old wet woman who is later identified as Jennet Dibble, claims to have been a witch for 40 years. She also identifies Elizabeth Fletcher as the witch who bewitched Elizabeth, Margaret Waite as a witch, and her daughter Maragaret Thorpe as the witch who had visited Helen. (71-72)

Appears in:
Fairfax, Edward . Daemonologia: a Discourse on Witchcraft as it was Acted in the Family of Mr. Edward Fairfax. Unknown: 1621, 71-72

1621, February 12  Fuystone  Holme Valley  Yorkshire  York  England 
Accusation

James Device alleges during his examination that, around the last Saint Peter's Day, Henry Bullocke came to Elizabeth Southerns and accused her granddaughter, James' sister, Alison Device, of bewitching his child, and demanded that Alison come with him to his house. Alison did, and when they got there, James claims he saw her fall on her knees, beg forgiveness, and confess to bewitching the child. (C2)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, C2

1611, June 29    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

James Device alleges during his examination that, twelve years before, Anne Whittle took three scalps and and eight teeth from people buried in the graveyard of the new church in Pendle. Whittle is said to have kept four teeth for herself, and to have given the other four to Elizabeth Southerns, who showed them to Device. (E3v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, E3v

1600    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Alison Device alleges during her examination that, about eleven years before, the family's firehouse was broken into and all or most of their linen, half a peck of cut oatmeal and a quantity of meal was stolen, all worth about twenty shillings. The following Sunday, Alison says she went to Anne Redferne and took a parcel of the same from her, claiming they were the goods stolen from her family. (E4-E4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, E4-E4v

1601    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

James Device gives deposition alleging that both Jane Bulcock and John Bulcock attended the feast at Malking Tower on Good Friday. (Q3v-Q4)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Q3v-Q4

1612, April 6    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

William Searle gives a statement before Justice Robert Bernard alleging that, three or four years before, Francis Moore had requested to bake a loaf of bread at his home, and he refused her. In retribution, she set her familiar Pretty on his chickens, causing them to flutter, refuse to eat and die. (7)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 7

1642  Catworth  Catworth  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

William Wicherely, during his examination, identifies a group of magicians and conjurers from the five hundred he claims are practicing magic in England. ()

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

1549  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

Margery Sammon is accused of having inherited her deceased mother, Mother Barnes' familiars. Sammon first confesses to returned home to care for her mother for the six months before her death, but she both denies that she had "any spirites of her sayd Mother, or that her mother had any to her knowledge." Having been pulled aside by her sister Ales Hunt, Sammon later confesses to have received two familiars, Tom and Robbyn, from her mother on the day she died. (C4-C4v)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, C4-C4v

1582, February 25    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that Mother Osborne is a witch and has a mark on the end of her fingers like a pit, and another mark on the outside of her right leg that Francis believes to have been plucked out by Osborne's familiar spirit. Francis saw the marks when Mother Osborne asked her for help with her sore legs; the marks are said to be similar to ones Francis' sister, Mother Waterhouse, has. (6-7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 6-7

1579    Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Joan Pechey is accused during her trial of lying in bed naked with her own son. She denies this, but her son confesses that this is true. (48)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 48

1582, February    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Robert Sanneuet accuses Elizabeth Ewstace of bewitching him circa 1567 and Margaret Ewstace of bewitching his brother Crosse circa 1570. (49)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 49

1582, March 9    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Henry Sellis is accused by Richard Ross of bewitching his horses to death in 1574. (51)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 51

1582, March 1    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Henry Sellis describes (to Brian Darcey) how his mother, Cysely Sellis, kept her goose-eyed black male imp, Hercules (or Jacke) and her white female imp, Mercurie hidden by "foure Brome fagots" in the roots of a crabtree, where they "stand and lye vpo~ a sleese of wooll." (52)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 52

1582, March 3    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

John and Cysley Sellis are accused by Joan Smith of bewitching a child to death. (53)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 53

1581 (one holy day in the after noone sithence Michaelmas before the trial)    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Ales Hunt and her mother, the Widow Barnes are accused by Ursely Kempe of bewitching Rebecca Durrant, a crime for which Hunt is indicted and tried, but found not guilty. (D4v)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, D4v

1582, March 29    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Cysley Sellis is accused by Thomas Death of bewitching his son, John to death. A crime for which she is indicted, found guilty, and remanded. (D8v)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, D8v

1582, March 29    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Joan Prentice confesses that Elizabeth Whale, the wife of Michael Whale, and Elizabeth Mott, the wife of John Mott, are "well acquainted" with her familiar Bidd, Although she states she "knoweth not what hurt they or any of the~ haue doone to any of their neighbour," her statement clearly implicates Whale and Mott as witches. (B, B2v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, B, B2v

1589, March    Henningham Sibble  North Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

An archer (Anonymous 75), of the town Malling in Kent, is accused of playing with a fly devil or familiar that enhances his skill in archery. The archer (Anonymous 75) won two or three shillings as a result of his advanced abilities, and was then severely punished by authority figures to appease the other angered archers and to overthrow witchcraft. (52)

Appears in:
Scot, Reginald. Scot's Discovery of Witchcraft Proving the Common Opinions of Witches Contracting with Devils, Spirits, or Familiars. London: 1651, 52

1651, Printed  Malling  Tonbridge and Malling   Kent  Kent  England 
Accusation

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

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

1669  Ware  Ware  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Elizabeth Burgiss gives deposition in court that Joan Buts caused stones, some as large as a man's fist, to fly about her master's yard such that everyone was forced inside the house. The stones are said to have hit only her, and once everyone was inside, to have flung themselves at the windows without breaking the glass. (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  Yowel  Yowel  Surrey  Surrey  England 
Accusation

Mr. Chamblet alleges in his deposition that, shortly after he found his swine to be bewitched, his daughter Elizabeth Chamblet was also bewitched by Jane Kent; he claims she swelled all over her body and her skin became discoloured, resulting in her death. (3-4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Full and True Account of the Proceedings at the Sessions of Oyer and Terminer. London: 1682, 3-4

1682, June 1  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

Thomas Prat writes a document accusing Mother Staunton of witchcraft, detailing numerous events in support, and witnessed by Thou Farrour and Thomas Swallowe; he delivers the document to Master George Nichols. (10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 10

1579  Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Mother Agnes Waterhouse accuses Agnes Browne of lying, on the basis that she owns nothing like the dagger Browne claimed the thing like a black dog threatened her with. Joan Waterhouse takes the opportunity to insist that when she conjured Sathan, he appeared as a dog, not a dog-thing with an ape's face. Queen's Attorney Master Gerard asks Mother Waterhouse to summon Sathan to settle the matter, but she insists that she no longer has any power over him. (28-36)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 28-36

1566, July 27     Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Mary Darnell gives a statement before Justice Robert Bernard alleging that, a year ago, Elizabeth Chandler bewitched her daughter Katherine Darnell to death. Darnell claims that Katherine and a child of Chandler's had a falling out while eating furmity at a neighbor's home one day, and that Katherine came home complaining that Chandler had boxed her ear. Katherine was sick for the next three weeks, complaining the whole time of pain in her ear and that Chandler was appearing to her; she would cry out that Chandler wanted to kill her. She died of the illness, at the age of nine. (8-9)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 8-9

1645  Catworth  Catworth  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Peter Slater gives a statement before Justice Robert Bernard, alleging that his wife had a falling out with Francis Moore 21 years before. Not long after, his wife gave birth to their child, and a week after the birth his wife suddenly got sick and died. He says that ever since that day, he has suspected Moore of witchcraft. (6)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 6

1625  Catworth  Catworth  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

William Searle gives a statement alleging that, three or four years before, Francis Moore had caused one of his hogs to die in retribution for some of his servants setting a dog on one of her hogs. (7)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 7

1642  Catworth  Catworth  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Master Enger goes to the field where Mary Sutton is tending hogs. He accuses her of having come to his home the night before, to visit Anonymous 89 by moonlight, but she denies it. Master Enger attempts to persuade her to come back to his home, where he claims Anonymous 89 is waiting to accept her proposition. She refuses, stating that "neyther had they authoritie to compell her to goe without a Constable." At this, Master Enger has her snatched and set unwilling on horseback. Though she fights back, she is eventually held down and made to stay on the horse. (B4v-C)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, B4v-C

1612    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Accusation

Master Enger's son hears the rumours about Mary Sutton and Mother Sutton, and the child throws stones at Mother Sutton while calling her a witch when she comes to grind her corn at the mill. Mother Sutton "conceited a rancour, and deadly hatred to this young childe, and purposed not to suffer opportunitie passe to be reuenged." (C-Cv)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, C-Cv

1612    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Accusation

Master Enger accuses Mary Sutton of bewitching his cattle, causing his servant Anonymous 79 to languish, and bewitching his son to death. Mary Sutton proclaims her innocence, but is forced to confess when Enger tells her "it was bootlesse to stand so obstinately vpon deniall of those matters, for her owne sonne Henry had reuealed all, both as touching her selfe and her mother, and of the time and manner of their plotting to torment his little boy." (C3)

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

1612, March    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Accusation

Elizabeth Chandler alleges during her examination that she had a falling out with Mary Darnell, during which Darnell turned her into a duck. She claims that her visitations from the roaring apparition began about six months later. (8)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 8

1646, April 7    Keiston  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Mary Darnell alleges in her statement that, not long after her daughter's death, she made a pot of furmity and invited the neighbors over, but the pot kept boiling for an hour after she pulled it off the fire. She was unable to prevent it from boiling over, despite transferring it to numerous other bowls, tubs and vessels. Darnell heard from Lewis Carmell that Elizabeth Chandler had confessed to sending a familiar named Beelzebub to spoil the furmity. (9)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 9

1645    Keiston  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Christian Shaw vomits many pins and accuses one of her tormentors of having forced the pins in her mouth. (15)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 15

1697, January 16  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Christian Shaw claims that Maggi (Margaret) placed a charm on the house in which her little sister lived. (20-21)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 20-21

1697, February 1  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Accusation

Christian Shaw alleges that John Lindsay is one of her most violent tormentors. She is immediately afterward seized with a fit. (21)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 21

1697, February 2  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Accusation

An old highland fellow (Anonymous 98) comes to Bargarren looking for lodging. Christian Shaw tells her mother and another gentlewoman that her tormentor is near and, going into the kitchen where the old highland fellow sit, she accuses him of being a tormentor and falls into a violent fit at his touch. (21-22)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 21-22

1697, February   Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Accusation

Elizabeth Anderson confesses to Bargarren of having been imprecated in witchcraft, tormenting Christian Shaw, and having had several meetings with witches and the Devil. She also accuses her father and the old highland fellow (Anonymous 98) of tormenting Christian Shaw. (23)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 23

1697, February 5  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Accusation

Christian Shaw has a fit during which she seems to chew on an orange pill. She seems to choke during her fit, but recovers. She claims the gentlewoman gave her the orange pill and that there had been other, particularly Maggi (Margaret). (24)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 24

1697, February 6  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Mary Ellins, a nine or ten year old girl, goes to "the fields," in April, 1652 with some other children "to gather cowslips." However, along the way, they encounter "one Catherine Huxley, a single Woman," around forty years of age. The "Children called her Witch," and took to throwing stones at her. Mary Ellins partook in calling Catherine Huxley a witch, but was "so affrighted," she could not throw stones at her. (44)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 44

1652, April    Evesham  Worcestershire  Worcester  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Faith Corbet suffers from the worst of her fits: it last twenty two hours. Sometimes her tongue hangs out, sometimes her teeth grit. Her legs and arms twist, her stomach carves in. She lays still with her eyes open, as though dead, but can hear, understand, and at times accuse Alice Huson and Doll Bilby. (55)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 55

1664, April 22  Burton Agnes  Burton Agnes  Yorkshire  York  England 
Accusation

Faith Corbet, after a short recovery, facilitated by the presence and attention of three doctors, again falls into fits after seeing Doll Bilby. Henry Corbet decide to take action against Alice Huson and Doll Bilby (56-57)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 56-57

1644, April 24  Burton Agnes  Burton Agnes  Yorkshire  York  England 
Accusation

Anthony Birch claims "it manifestly appeareth that the said Doctor Lambe was an absolute Witch, a Sorcerer and Iugling person absolutely giuen ouer to lewd wicked and diabolicall courses, an invocator and adorer of impious and wicked Spirits." (5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Briefe Description of the Notorious Life of John Lambe. Amsterdam: 1628, 5-6

1627  Worcester  Worcester  Worcestershire  Worcestershire  England 
Accusation

John Hart allegedly dies from witchcraft administered by Rebecca West. Charges for this are presented Thomas Hart, his father, John Edes, a clerk, and an unnamed doctor (Anonymous 119). Rebbecca West allegedly pleads guilty to this murder, saying this had all been occasioned by her extreme poverty. (15-16)

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, 15-16

1645, March  Worcester  Worcester  Worcestershire  Worcestershire  England 
Accusation

Jane Buts alleges in court that Hakeing, one of the witnesses, "had given himself to the Devil Soul and Body" but is unable to answer Lord Chief Justice Sir Francis Pemberton when he demands how she knows this. Pemberton rebukes her for abusing the witnesses. (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  Yowel  Yowel  Surrey  Surrey  England 
Accusation

Mr. Chamblet alleges in his deposition that he had bargained with Jane Kent over two of his pigs, and that when he refused to deliver them without payment, she bewitched all of his swine. (3-4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Full and True Account of the Proceedings at the Sessions of Oyer and Terminer. London: 1682, 3-4

1682  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Elizabeth Jennings accuses Margaret Russell (alias Countess, and potentially Anonymous 139), Jane Flower, Katherine Stubbs, and Nan Wood of bewitching her. She calls for the Countess' imprisonment. ()

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 23  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

James Robinson alleges during his examination that, eighteen years before, he lived with Robert Nutter the elder. During this time, Robert Nutter the younger fell ill, and Robinson heard him complain several times that "he verily thought that the said Anne Whittle, alias Chattox, and the said Redfernes wife, had bewitched him." Shortly after that, just before Nutter departed for Wales with his master, Sir Richard Shattleworth, Robinson heard him speaking to Thomas Redferne; Nutter told Redferne that "if euer he came againe he would get his Father to put the said Redferne out of his house, or he himselfe would pull it downe." Nutter died on his way home, before Candlemas of the same year. (E2-E2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, E2-E2v

1594    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

James Robinson claims during his examination that "Anne Whittle, alias Chattox, and Anne Redferne her said Daughter, are commonly reputed and reported to bee Witches." (E2-E2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, E2-E2v

1612, August 17    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Alison Device alleges during her examination that she had seen Anne Whittle with a clay image of John Moore Jr, child of John Moore. The child fell sick, languished for half a year and died. (E4-F)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, E4-F

1610    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Alison Device alleges during her examination that, two years before, she was visiting with Anne Nutter, Anthony Nutter's daughter at their home, when Anne Whittle came to call. Device and Anne laughed at Whittle, and Whittle said to them "I will be meet with the one of you." Anne Nutter became sick the next day and died three weeks later. (E4-E4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, E4-E4v

1610    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

James Device alleges during his examination that, two years before, his grandmother Elizabeth Southerns urged him to go to the new church in Pendle the day before Good Friday and take Communion, but not to eat the bread. Instead, he was to deliver it to whatever thing met him on the way back home. He went to church as requested, but decided to eat the Communion bread. On the way home, he met a thing in the shape of a hare, which demanded to know whether he had brought the bread. When Device answered that he had not, the hare threatened to pull him to pieces. It vanished when Device crossed himself. (H3)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, H3

1610, April 8    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Jennet Device alleges during her deposition that two years before, her brother James Device called his familiar Dandy in her presence and asked the familiar to help him kill Anne Townley. A week later, Jennet claims she saw Townley in the kitchen of the the Carre-Hall looking unwell, and she thinks that James and Dandy are responsible. (H4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, H4v

1610    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

John Law gives deposition alleging that this last March, he walked through Colne with his pack of wares and there met Alison Device. Device demanded pins, but he would not give her any, and she became angry. When he left her, he fell down lame. After some time, he was able to make it to a nearby ale-house, and lay there in great pain unable to stir his limbs. He saw a great black dog standing by him, with fiery eyes, large feet and a "terrible countenance." Device came shortly thereafter, looked at him for a short time, and left. He claims that he was tormented day and night by Device thereafter, and remained lame. (R4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, R4v

1612, March 18  Coln  Colne  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Edmund Robinson Jr. claims he saw a woman (Anonymous 155) pricking a picture with thorns. (349 (unnumbered page))

Appears in:
Webster, John. The Displaying of Supposed Witchcraft. London: 1677, 349 (unnumbered page)

1633, February  Wheatley Lane in Pendle  Pendle  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Accusation

Dorothy Rodes testifies against Mary Tempest before Henry Tempest. She explains that she was lying with her daughter, Sara, one Sunday evening when her daughter cried that Mary Sykes had come in through a hole in the bed, grabbed her by the throat and put her fingers down her mouth taking away her ability to speak. (28-29)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 28-29

1650, March  York  York  Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

John Tatterson asks Anne Greene for help while feeling ill. She advises that black wool will help, but he is skeptical. Greene then pulls out her garter, runs it around his ear three times, and then takes hair from his neck. Shortly after this, Tatterson feels worse; however, after returning and threatening Greene, she crosses his ear again (three times). Tatterson begins to heal as "corruptible matter [runs] outt of his eare." (65)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 65

1653, February 16  Gargreave  Gargrave  Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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) 
Accusation

John Rivet accuses Elizabeth Clarke of bewitching his wife (Mrs. Rivet). Rivet claims that his wife was taken sick and lame, withviolent fits, and was told by a cunning woman Mrs. Hoyve that two neighbors had cursed his wife. Rivet suspects Elizabeth Clarke and her mother because of the proximity of her home and the common knowledge that "Elizabeths mother and some other of her kinsfolke did suffer death for Witchcraft and murther." (5)

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, 5

1645, July 29  Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Richard Galis, allegedly tormented by "infinite paines both in body and purse eche" storms into Father Rosimond's home with a cudgel in hand, drags him out by his hair and shoulders, furiously demands the man diagnose his ailment and its cause. Rosimond cries out "you are bewitched, you are bewitched," and identifies Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutton, and Mother Devell, as the cause. (Image 11)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 11

1579  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Accusation

Thomas Addy claims that physicians must be inculcated in the production of witch beliefs, because when faced by their inability to diagnose a natural cause of illness, they are willing to accept the patient's belief that it might be witchcraft causing their (or their livestock's) disease. (114-115)

Appears in:
Ady, Thomas. A Candle in the Dark . London: 1655, 114-115

1655  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

Thomas Addy accuses 'ignorant' physicians of diagnosing natural disease as bewitchment, making sick children into demoniacs. (169)

Appears in:
Ady, Thomas. A Candle in the Dark . London: 1655, 169

1655  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Mr. Radcliffe alleges in his deposition that the evening after Agnes Radcliffe and Elizabeth Sawyer fought, Agnes fell sick and "was extraordinarily vexed, and in a most strange manner in her sicknesse was tormented." She died about four days later, foaming at the mouth and distempered. Radcliffe claims that Agnes, on her deathbed, said to him, "if shee did die at that time shee would verily take it on her death, that Elizabeth Sawyer her neighbour, whose Sowe with a washing-Beetle she had stricken, and so for that cause her malice being great, was the occasion of her death." (B2-B3)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, B2-B3

1621  London  Edmonton  London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Barbara Bartle of Stepney, Middlesex is tried for allegedly bewitching Elizabeth Gyan of Stepney, Middlesex. Gyan is allegedly made lame, languishes, and is speechless for nearly a month by the time the trial takes place. Bartle pleads not guilty. ()

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 3: 1625-67. Middlesex: 1888,

1653, July 12  Stepney  Stepney  Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
Accusation

Barbara Bartle allegedly bewitches Elizabeth Gyan. Gyan languishes in pain, is lame, and is left speechless for nearly a month. ()

Appears in:
Jeaffreson (editor), John Cordy . Middlesex County Records: Volume 3: 1625-67. Middlesex: 1888,

1653, June 17  Stepney  Stepney  Middlesex  Middlesex  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Joan Haddon is indicted for allegedly bewitching Joan, the wife of Robert Bowltell, Thomas Emmerye, and others. She is also accused of allegedly fraudulently receiving money from them. (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

1560, July 4    Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Upon being healed of the inability to speak by the parson M. Smith of Pinner, the servant Richard Burt cries, "Woe worth mother Atkins, woe worth mother Atkins, for she hath bewitched me: whereupon he would not be quiet, but ever requested that he might speak with hir," thereby accusing Mother Atkins. (5)

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, 5

1592, March 11  London   Pinner  London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
Accusation

Mistress Bragge of Mistley, Suffolk, accuses Anne Leech of being "a naughty woman," causing Anne Leech to send an imp to kill two of the Bragge's horses. Leech confesses to this crime, saying that "shee sent a gray Imp to kill two Horses of one Mr. Bragge of Misley, which were killed accordingly." (7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 7

1645  Mistley  Mistley  Northeast Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Doctor Pordage is accused of "entertaining at His House one Everard a reputed Conjurer" and conversing with angels. He is said to have looked "toward the unlawful Art of Black Magick." He is visited by two spirits, four years prior "for about three Weeks and no longer." They appeared in the form of a giant and a dragon. He assures the Commissioners that these visitations of apparitions were not initiated by him, but the work of "the Malice of the Devil toward [him]." (9-10)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 9-10

1654, September 18  Bradfield  Bradfield  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Upon her deathbed, Mrs. Eleanor Armstrong, the wife of Mr. Wessell Goodwin of London Borough of Southwark, implores her children to take their husband away from music and "especially the frequentation of Mr. Edward Jones; and that not so much out of dislike to him as to his wife, whom shee saw to be a subtil undermining woman, that would be ready to make her own advantage of old Mr. Goodwins weakness." (2-3)

Appears in:
Vernon, Samuel . A Brief Relation of the Strange and Unnatural Practices of Wessel Goodwin. London: 1654, 2-3

1654  London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
Accusation

Mr. Knowles pleads with Mr. Pigeon to leave his wife when she insists that Mr. Pigeon is afflicted with the Pox, "to avoyd evill." Mr. Pigeon refuses. (17)

Appears in:
Vernon, Samuel . A Brief Relation of the Strange and Unnatural Practices of Wessel Goodwin. London: 1654, 17

1654  London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
Accusation

Mr. Goodwin's hildren, allegedly ruined by Mrs. Pigeon and Mrs. Jones, and seeing "that their father is now captivated more than ever to these women" presented a petition to the Justices of the County and Borough of South-wark, which brings Mrs. Pigeon and Mrs. Jones to St. Margarets Hill. (22-23)

Appears in:
Vernon, Samuel . A Brief Relation of the Strange and Unnatural Practices of Wessel Goodwin. London: 1654, 22-23

1654  London Borough of Southwark (St. Margarets Hill)  Southwark  London, Greater  London  England 
Accusation

Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Pigeon are cast out of their churches, "and all communion with them," because of their scandalous nature. They spend Sabbath "at the Dye house," instead. (23)

Appears in:
Vernon, Samuel . A Brief Relation of the Strange and Unnatural Practices of Wessel Goodwin. London: 1654, 23

1654  London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

William Sommers is brought to London, where he continues to allege that his first possession was a fake, and accuses John Darrell of hiring him to do it. He says that he has known Darrell for four years, and that Darrell first hired him to counterfeit possession in Ashbie Park. Sommers alleges that Darrell instructed him on how to act during his dispossession. Darrell denies these accusations, but Sommers has become a man of great credit and is believed over Darrell. During his time in London, Sommers is kept first in the custody of a barber of East Smithfield, and then in the home of the Bishop of London. (Image 7)

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

1597  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

John Darrell is held prisoner for a week in London, then convented at Lambeth, for allegedly having William Sommers counterfeit possession. He is held on the strength of there being many known counterfeited possessions, and for Sommers' own insistence that his possession was not real. There are, however, doubts regarding Sommers' possession, as the depositions against him claim that he had done things that could not be faked. (Image 7-8)

Appears in:
Co., G.. A Breife Narration of the Possession, Dispossession, and, Repossession of William Sommers. Amsterdam: 1598, Image 7-8

1597  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

James Watts is accused by Anne Huggins, John Batty, Margaret Day, Elizabeth Hartridge, Anne Benson, and Anne Staines of bewitching Anne Huggins so that her body was "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 5  Rochester  St Margaret's, St Nicholas' and the Cathedral  Kent  Kent  England 
Accusation

Elizabeth Scott is accused by Samuel Bradshaw, Mary Colman, and Anne Butler of using witchcraft to murder John Colman. Colman languished for a week and then died. (147)

Appears in:
Cockburn, J.S.. Calendar of Assize records: Kent indictments, Charles II, 1676-1688. Great Britain: 1997, 147

1679, April 25  Cranbrook  Cranbrooke  Kent  Kent  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Joan Upney alleges that her eldest daughter "would neuer abide to meddle with her Toades," meaning that she refused to participate in witchcraft, but her youngest daughter "would handle them, and vse them as well as her selfe," suggesting that she was a practicing witch. (Sig. Aiiiv, B)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, Sig. Aiiiv, B

1589, May    Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Jane Kent is indicted at the Old Bailey for witchcraft and other diabolical arts, in which she is accused by Mr. Chamblet of allegedly bewitching his swine, wife Mrs. Chamblet, and daughter Elizabeth Chamblet. Mr. Chamblet blames Kent for Elizabeth Chamblet's death. (3-4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Full and True Account of the Proceedings at the Sessions of Oyer and Terminer. London: 1682, 3-4

1682, June 1  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

Mr. Chamblet alleges in his deposition that Jane Kent also bewitched Mrs. Chamblet, and that after their daughter Elizabeth Chamblet died, he consulted with Dr. Ha[w]ks in Spittle-Field on the matter; Dr. Hawkes advised Mr. Chamblet to boil a quart of Mrs. Chamblet's urine with parings from her nails and some of her hair. (4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Full and True Account of the Proceedings at the Sessions of Oyer and Terminer. London: 1682, 4

1682, June 1  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

Mr. Chamblet alleges in his deposition that, as advised by Dr. Ha[w]ks, he boiled a quart of Mrs. Chamblet's urine with parings from her nails and some of her hair in a pipkin; he claims that while doing so, he heard Jane Kent screaming as if being murdered outside his door, and that the next day she was seen to be swollen and bloated. (4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Full and True Account of the Proceedings at the Sessions of Oyer and Terminer. London: 1682, 4

1682, June 1  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

A coachman (Anonymous 129) gives deposition alleging that his coach was overthrown shortly after he refused to carry Jane Kent and her goods. (4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Full and True Account of the Proceedings at the Sessions of Oyer and Terminer. London: 1682, 4

1682  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

Justice John Geose takes testimony from several people regarding John Tonken's fits and the women who appeared to him and orders the arrest and imprisonment of Jane Noal and Betty Seeze on suspicion of witchcraft in connection to this case; they are due to appear at the next assizes. (6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 6

1686  Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Accusation

Elizabeth Burrige gave deposition that, the day after the first incident with the clay and pins, she went milking and saw Joan Buts lurking in the bushes, which frightened her and made her suspicious; she said that she reported the encounter to Mr. Tuers. (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  Yowel  Yowel  Surrey  Surrey  England 
Accusation

Elizabeth Burgiss' mother meet Joan Buts at a fair in Yowell, whom after her daughter's visit she suspects to be a witch and the cause of Elizabeth's afflictions. Burgiss' mother beat and abused Buts until "she fetcht out some of her Hellish Hellish Blood." (5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Strange and Wonderful News from Yowel in Surry giving a True and Just Account of One Elizabeth Burgiss. London: 1681, 5-6

1681, October 18  Yowel  Yowel  Surrey  Surrey  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Arthur Bill is accused of bewitching Martha Aspine to death, based on strong suspicions that he was also guilty of having previously bewitched numerous kinds of cattle, and the evil reputation he and his parents have earned. (C2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, C2

1611  Raunds  Raundes  Northamptonshire  County of Northampton; Northants  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Joan Willimott alleges during her examination that she saw Joan Flowers take up some earth, spit on it, work it in her fingers and put it in her purse. Willimott claimed Flowers then said that "though shee could not hurt the Lord himselfe, yet shee had sped his Sonne, which is dead," referring to Sir Francis Manners and his son Henry Lord Rosse. (E5v-F)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E5v-F

1618, March 17  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Margaret Flower alleges during her examination that four or five years before, her mother Joan Flower sent her to take Henry Lord Rosse's right hand glove. After she did so, her mother asked her to bring her another glove or personal item from Henry Lord Rosse. Margaret asked what they were for, and Joan replied they were to hurt Lord Henry with. Joan stroked her familiar Rutterkin with the glove, dipped it in hot water and pricked it; Margaret claims that Lord Henry fell sick within a week and became tormented. (F3v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, F3v

1613  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Accusation

Margaret Flower alleges during her examination that two or three years before, she found one of Francis Lord Rosse's gloves on a dung-hill and delivered it to her mother, Joan Flower. Joan put the glove in hot water, rubbed it on her familiar Rutterkin, and bade Rutterkin to go upwards. Joan then buried the glove in the yard, and said "a mischiefe light on him, but he will mend againe." (F3v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, F3v

1615  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Accusation

Margaret Flower alleges during her examination that she, her sister Phillip Flower and their mother Joan Flower all agreed to bewitch Sir Francis Manners and Countess Manners so that they would not have any more children. Margaret claimed it was retribution for Countess Manners turning her out four years before, and for Sir Francis' refusal to take Joan's part in a dispute. To bewitch them, Joan took wool from a mattress that was included in Margaret's severance, and a pair of gloves, and put them both into warm water mixed with blood, stirring it all together. Joan then took the wool and gloves out of the mixture, rubbed them on her familiar Rutterkin's belly, and said "the Lord and the Lady should haue more Children, but it would be long first." (F3v-F4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, F3v-F4

1614  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Accusation

Margaret Flower alleges during her examination that she, by her mother Joan's command, stole a handkerchief from Lady Katherine, Sir Francis Manner's daughter. Joan put the handkerchief into hot water, rubbed it on her familiar Rutterkin, and bid him to fly and go. However, "Rutterkin whined and cryed Mew: whereupon shee said, that Rutterkin had no power ouer the Lady Katherine to hurt her." (F3v-F4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, F3v-F4

1618, January 22  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Alison Device gives deposition accusing her grandmother Elizabeth Southerns of begging, persuading and advising her numerous times to allow a Devil or familiar to appear to her. Southerns also wanted her to allow this spirit to suck at some part of her, and claimed that if she did, the spirit would do whatever she wanted. This was two years prior to Device's examination. (C)

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

1610    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Alison Device gives deposition against her grandmother, Elizabeth Southerns, alleging that John Nutter once came to Southerns for help with a sick cow. Southerns agreed to look at the animal, and had Alison lead her to it at about 10 o'clock at night; Southerns stayed there for about half an hour, and Alison's sister Jennet led her home again. The cow was dead the next morning, leading Alison to believe that Southerns bewitched it to death. (C-Cv)

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

1612, March 13    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Alison Device gives deposition against Elizabeth Southerns alleging that Southerns had a falling out with Richard Baldwyn two years before, and that Baldwyn would not allow her on his land. Device claims that Southerns had her lead her to Baldwyn's home around 10 o'clock at night four days later, and that Southerns stayed about an hour until Device's younger sister Jennet fetched her home. Device heard the next day that Baldwyn's daughter was sick; the child languished for a year or so and then died. Device accuses Southerns of bewitching the girl to death, as she had heard Southerns curse Baldwyn numerous times. (C-Cv)

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

1610    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Alison Device gives deposition against Elizabeth Southerns alleging that Southerns had a falling out with Richard Baldwyn two years before, and that Baldwyn would not allow her on his land. Device claims that Southerns had her lead her to Baldwyn's home around 10 o'clock at night four days later, and that Southerns stayed about an hour until Device's younger sister Jennet fetched her home. Device heard the next day that Baldwyn's daughter was sick; the child languished for a year or so and then died. Device accuses Southerns of bewitching the girl to death, as she had heard Southerns curse Baldwyn numerous times. (C-Cv)

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

1610    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

James Robinson alleges during his examination that, six years before, his wife hired Anne Whittle to card wool. While Whittle worked, she drew drink several times. For the next eight or nine weeks, all the drink in the house was found to be spoiled; Robinson accused Whittle of causing the spoilage. (E2-E2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, E2-E2v

1606    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Alison Device alleges during her examination that her father, John Device, was afraid of Anne Whittle, and made a deal to pay her a measure of meal every year if she would not harm his family. This lasted until he died, eleven years before; Alison claims that he said on his deathbed that "Anne Whittle, alias Chattox, did bewitch him to death, because the said meale was not paid the last yeare. " (E4-E4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, E4-E4v

1601    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Allison Device alleges during her examination that, six or seven years before, Anne Whittle had a falling out with Hugh Moore when Moore accused her of bewitching his cattle. Whittle is said to have cursed Moore and said she would be revenged of him. He fell sick not long after, languished for about six months, and died. On his deathbed, Moore allegedly said that Whittle had bewitched him to death. (E4-F)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, E4-F

1605    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Jennet Device alleges during her examination that her mother, Elizabeth Device, is a witch, and she knows this because she has seen a familiar spirit come to her numerous times at her home of Malking Tower. The spirit takes the shape of a brown dog, and is called Ball. When Ball came, he would ask her mother what she would have him do. (F4v-Gv)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, F4v-Gv

1612, August 17    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

James Device alleges during his examination that, three years before, he was at his grandmother's house with his mother, Elizabeth Device, when Elizabeth was approached by a "thing in shape of a browne dogge, which his mother called Ball." The spirit spoke to Elizabeth and bid her make a clay image of John Robinson, dry it hard, and crumble it little by little so that Robinson's body would decay and wear away. Ball said that when the image was gone, Robinson would die; he then vanished. The next day, James saw his mother make an image. She crumbled it over about three weeks, and two days after it was gone, Robinson was dead. (G2-G2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, G2-G2v

1609    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Jennet Device alleges during her examination that 20 people, only two of which were men, attended the feast at Malking Tower on Good Friday. Her mother, Elizabeth Device, told her they were all witches, and that they were there to give a name to her sister Alison Device's familiar. They feasted on beef, bacon and mutton. Jennet gave the names of six of the attending witches: The wife of Hugh Hargraves, her uncle Christopher Howgate and his wife Elizabeth Howgate, Dick Miles' wife, and Christopher Jacks and his wife. She did not know the names of the rest, but confirmed that her mother and brother, James Device, were also there. (G3v-G4)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, G3v-G4

1612, April 6    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

James Device alleges during his examination that numerous people dined at his mother's home of Malking Tower at noon on Good Friday, three of which were men. They met to name his sister Alison Device's familiar, which they could not do because Alison was imprisoned at Lancaster Castle. The conversation turned to discussion of freeing Elizabeth Southerns, Alison Device, Anne Whittle and Anne Redferne from their imprisonment. They determined that they would need to kill the gaoler at Lancaster and blow up the castle before the next assizes in order to let them escape. (G4-G4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, G4-G4v

1612, April 6    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

James Device alleges during his examination that the following people were witches and had attended the feast at Malking Tower on Good Friday: Hugh Hargreave's wife, Christopher Bulcock's wife, John Bulcock, Myle's Nutter's mother, Elizabeth Hargreaves, Christopher Howgate, Elizabeth Howgate, Alice Graye, and Kathryn Hewit (alias Mould-heel), Preston's wife, his mother Elizabeth Device, and himself. Device claimed that they all left on horseback after agreeing to meet the next Good Friday at Preston's wife's home. If they needed to meet in the mean time, that meeting would be held at Romley's Moor. (G4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, G4v

1612, April 6    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Jennet Device alleges during her deposition that her brother, James Device, has been a witch for three years, ever since a familiar in the shape of a black dog appeared to him at their mother, Elizabeth Device's, house. The familiar's name is Dandy. (H3v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, H3v

1609    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Jennet Device gives deposition alleging that about three years before, her brother James Device called his familiar Dandy to kill both John Hargraves and Blaze Hargraves. (Iv-I2)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Iv-I2

1609    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

James Device alleges during his examination that one of the women at the Malking Tower feast on Good Friday had come to ask assistance from the rest to bewitch Thomas Lister to death. She claimed that Lister had "orne malice vnto her, and had thought to haue put her away at the last Assises at Yorke." She also claimed not to have the power to do the deed herself. (I2v-I3)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, I2v-I3

1612, April 6    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Margaret Crooke gives deposition against Anne Redferne before Justice of the Peace Roger Nowell, alleging that her brother Robert Nutter had a falling out with Redferne at Whitsontide 18 or 19 years before. He fell sick about a fortnight later, and died around Candlemas. Crooke claims to have heard him say often that "Anne Redferne and her associates had bewitched him to death." (O-Ov)

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

1593, June 3    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Margaret Crooke alleges in her deposition that her father, Christopher Nutter, became sick the Maudlintide after her brother Robert Nutter died claiming Anne Redferne had bewitched him. He languished until Michaelmas and then died. Crooke claimed that during his sickness, he " did sundry times say, That hee was bewitched; but named no bodie that should doe the same." (O-Ov)

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

1594, July 22    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

John Nutter gives deposition alleging that, around Christmas eighteen or nineteen years before, he heard his brother Robert Nutter tell their father Christopher Nutter "Father, I am sure I am bewitched by the Chattox, Anne Chattox, and Anne Redferne her daughter, I pray you cause them to bee layed in Lancaster Castle[.]" Christopher called him foolish, and blamed Robert for his own misfortunes. Robert wept and continued to insist he was bewitched, saying that "I will procure them to bee laid where they shall be glad to bite Lice in two with their teeth." (Ov-O2)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Ov-O2

1593, December 25    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

James Device alleges during his examination that, two years before, he saw three clay images half a yard long at the end of the Redferne home. He claims that he saw Thomas Redferne holding one, his daughter Marie Redferne holding another, and his wife Anne Redferne holding the third. Anne Redferne was crumbling hers. Device could not tell whose images they were. Shortly after he walked away, a thing like a hare appeared and spit fire at him. (O2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, O2v

1610    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

James Device alleges during his examination that Alice Nutter attended the Good Friday feast at Malking Tower. (P)

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

1612, April 6    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

James Device alleges during his examination that Katherine Hewit attended the Good Friday feast at Malking Tower. He also claimed to have overheard Hewit and Alice Grey confess to killing the child Anne Foulds and to having Michael Hartley's child in hand. (P4)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, P4

1612, April 6    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Elizabeth Device alleges during her examination that Katherine Hewit was among the witches who attended the Good Friday feast at Malking Tower. Device claims to have heard Hewit and Alice Grey confess to having killed the child Anne Foulds, and to having got ahold of another child. (P4-P4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, P4-P4v

1612, April 6    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Elisabeth Device alleges during her examination that, during the Good Friday feast at Malking Tower, she heard Katherine Hewit give her consent for the murder of Master Lister. (P4-P4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, P4-P4v

1612, April 6    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

James Device gives deposition that, at the Good Friday feast at Malking Tower, he heard John Bulcock and Jane Bulcock confess to bewitching Jennet Deane, and give their consent to bewitching Master Thomas Lister and Leonard Lister to death. (Q3v-Q4v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Q3v-Q4v

1612, April 6    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

Elizabeth Device alleges during her examination that she heard Katherine Hewit and John Bulcock give their consent to assist Jennet Preston in murdering Master Lister at the Good Friday feast at Malking Tower. (Q4v)

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

1612, April 6    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Alison Device alleges in her confession that two years before, her grandmother Elizabeth Southerns persuaded her to allow a familiar to appear to her. Southerns advised her to allow it to suck on some part of her so that she might command it to do her bidding. Not long after, a thing like a black dog appeared to her and asked her to give it her soul. She agreed, and allowed the familiar to suck at her breasts below her nipples. The spot was blue for six months after. (R3v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, R3v

1610    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Anne Robinson gives deposition alleging that Master Thomas Lister was often heard to cry out "Iennet Preston was in the house, looke where shee is, take hold of her: for Gods sake shut the doores, and take her, shee cannot escape away. Looke about for her, and lay hold on her, for shee is in the house[.]" On his deathbed, she claims to have heard him say "Iennet Preston lyes heauie vpon me, Prestons wife lyes heauie vpon me; helpe me, helpe me." (Y2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Y2v

1612, July 27  Gisburne  Gisburne  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Accusation

James Device alleges during his examination that some time after the feast at Malking Tower, he went to see Jennet Preston with Henry Hargreives to see if she was the same woman who had come seeking help to kill Thomas Lister. They proved to be one and the same. (Y3v-Y4)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, Y3v-Y4

1612, April  Gisburne  Gisburne  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Anonymous 89 alleges that he was visited by Mary Sutton in his chamber at night, where she alternately sat knitting by moonlight and staring at him. He claims that after a while, she came to his bedside and told him "if hee would consent she should come to bedde to him, hee should be restored to his former health and prosperitie." He is repulsed by her advances and instead chastises her for the way she lives, her behaviour and her three bastards. Realizing her efforts are futile, she leaves the same way she came. Anonymous 89 reports this visitation to Master Enger. (B3v-B4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, B3v-B4v

1612    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Margaret Muschamp, in the company of her mother, stepbrothers and stepsister, allegedly encounters Dorothy Swinow on the way to church in Berwick. Muschamp identifies Swinow, despite never having met or seen her prior; though Swinow is in custody for bewitching Muschamp, she has been permitted the freedom of the town. Muschamp insists on returning home and immediately falls into a severe fit lasting two hours in which she claims to be tormented by Swinow and two others. (12-13)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 12-13

1647, Spring    Berwick  Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Margaret White alleges in her confession that she, her sister Jane Martin and Dorothy Swinow shared a meal with the Devil at Martin's home, at which they all made merry. (24-25)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 24-25

1648  Chatton  Chatton  Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
Accusation

Margaret White alleges in her confession that she and Jane Martin "ere the death of Thomas Yong of Chatton (by reason) a kill full of Oates watched against her sisters minde." (24-25)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 24-25

1648  Chatton  Chatton  Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
Accusation

Margaret White alleges in her confession that Jane Martin had been troubling Richard Stanley of Chatton, and that she had bewitched him to cause his sore leg. (24-25)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 24-25

1648  Chatton  Chatton  Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
Accusation

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

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

1606, August  Royston  Royston  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
Accusation

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

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

1606, August  Royston  Royston  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
Accusation

Elizabeth Harris, is asked during her examination how many witches are in town. She claims that Goodwife Dadson, Joan Caridan (alias Argoll), Goodwife Cox and Goodwife Gardner all have bad or ill tongues, and that Goodwife Pantery had numerous meetings with Joan Williford and Jane Hott. Furthermore she claimed that, Joan Williford told her that her familiar Bunne had told her that "though the Boate, (she not knowing what Boat,) went chearfully out, it should not come so chearfully home." (5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Examination, Confession, Trial, and Execution, of Joane Williford, Joan Cariden, and Jane Hott. London: 1645, 5-6

1645, September 26  Faversham  Feversham  Kent  Kent  England 
Accusation

Mary Hill allegedly has another day of violent fits following the first, in which she again sees an apparition of Anonymous 8. This time, she recognizes the old woman, and accuses her of being "the Person that had bewitcht her." (1-2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 1-2

1689, July  Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
Accusation

A month after Jane Throckmorton begins to have fits, she is joined in them by her sisters Elizabeth and Mary. All three begin to cry out against Mother Alice Samuel, "take her away, looke where shee standeth here before us in a blacke thrumbd Cap, (which kind of Cap indeed shee did usually weare, but shee was not then present) it is shee (saide they) that hath bewitched us, and shee will kill us if you doe not take her away." Robert and Mistress Throckmorton begin to suspect that their children are indeed bewitched. (5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 5-6

1689, December 10  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Grace Throckmorton, the youngest of the Throckmorton girls, begins to have fits a few weeks after Elizabeth and Mary. She, too, cries out against Mother Alice Samuel while in the throes of her affliction. (5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 5-6

1689, December  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Joan Throckmorton, the eldest daughter, is afflicted with fits soon after Grace, and proves to be "worse handled indeede than any of the other Sisters were, for shee hauing more strength than they, and striuing more with the Spirite than the rest." She is allegedly made to sneeze, screech, groan, heave her belly, and bounce violently until onlookers feared injury to herself and damage to the furniture. She joins her sisters in crying out against Mother Alice Samuel. (6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 6

1689, December  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Gilbert Pickering joins Mistress Andley, Master Whittle and the rest of the company already at Mother Alice Samuel's home to persuade her to come with them back to the Throckmorton home. She refuses loudly and must be forced. Agnes Samuel and Cicely Burder are also forced to come, as the company suspects them of witchcraft as well. Though Agnes and Mother Samuel are kept separated, Mother Samuel makes an opportunity to tell Agnes to confess to nothing on the way to the house, and is overheard by Pickering. When confronted about it, she claims to have been instructing her daughter to go home to get her father his dinner. (7-8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 7-8

1590, February 13  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Lady Cromwell and her daughter-in-law, Mistress Cromwell, visit the Throckmorton home to visit the children and offer comfort to Robert and Mistress Throckmorton. While there, Lady Cromwell sends for Mother Alice Samuel, who dares not refuse because her family is tenant to Sir Henry Cromwell. Lady Cromwell charges Mother Samuel with witchcraft and speaks harshly to her, saying that the spirits possessing the children have identified her as sending them. Jane Throckmorton overhears the conversation while in the throes of a fit, and accuses Mother Samuel of being the cause of it. Mother Samuel denies Lady Cromwell and Jane's allegations. (30-32)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 30-32

1590, March 15  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Henry Pickering, scholar and uncle to the Throckmorton children, comes to visit. He, with two other scholars of his acquaintance, take advantage of the visit follow Mother Samuel about her errands without the knowledge of the Throckmorton family. They watch her exchange a wooden tankard for some barme and talk to one of the neighbours, then stop her in the street and begin questioning her. She is loud, abrupt and will not accept their rebuke for her to "keep the womans vertue, & be more silent." She uses the opportunity to complain of Robert Throckmorton's misuse of her, to accuse the children of wantonness for their fits and criticize Throckmorton for not punishing bad behaviour. (32-33)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 32-33

1590, December 25  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Henry Pickering demands Mother Alice Samuel tell him of her service to God and tries unsuccessfully to get her to say that by saying "her God would deliver her, her God would defend her, and revenge her of her enemie, alway using the phrase of my God wil doo this & that for me" she meant a God other than the one of the Church. After this, she insisted she needed to go, for "her husband would beat her for her long tarrying." Pickering lets her leave, but insists she confess or repent, and threatens that if she did not, "he himselfe would bring fire & wood, & the children should blowe the coales." As she leaves, she tells him in turn that "I had rather...see you dowsed over head and eares in this pond." (32-33)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 32-33

1590, December 25  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

The chicken spirit (Anonymous 222) accuses Mother Alice Samuel of causing the fits of the Throckmorton children and the household servants. it also alleged that if they were carried to Mother Samuel's home, or if Mother Samuel was brought to them, their fits would end. This proves true, though the fits resume the moment Mother Samuel is away from them. When this starts, Robert Throckmorton decides it is best to disperse his children, keeping one or two at home and sending the rest to stay with friends of the family. (34-35)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 34-35

1591, January  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Around Hollantide (Halloween), the spirit Anonymous 222 would allegedly talk to the children frequently at the end of their fits. It predicted the manner, number and time of their fits and reported on Mother Alice Samuel's doings. The children would often have fits first thing in the morning, during meals, on Sundays and whenever the church bells rang. The girls also claim that Anonymous 222 cannot kill them, and begin to "accuse Mo. Samuel, openly to her face, & say y they shal not be wel in any place, excpe they continue in her house, or shee be brought to continue wyth them." This lasts about a month. (38-40)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 38-40

1592, October 31  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

The Throckmorton children claim to see a thing sitting with them and demand whether Mother Alice Samuel can see it to, telling her that it is marvellous that she cannot since she sent it. The tell their father that Mother Samuel is only pretending not to see it. (42-44)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 42-44

1592, December  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Robert Throckmorton confronts Mother Alice Samuel, conveying his childrens' accusation that she keeps several spirits in her service, commands them and feeds them with her blood. He demands that she confess, but she "most vehemently denied it, with many bitter words and curses upon her selfe, desiring the Lord, to shew some present token from heaven upon her." (43-44)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 43-44

1592, December  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

The mother of Mary Glover, a fourteen year old girl from London suffering fits brought on after being threatened by the old woman, Elizabeth Jackson, hears rumours of Elizabeth Jackson's continued threats against her daughter. She goes to confront Elizabeth Jackson, who denied everything, "yet could not forbeare but speake these wordes to her face; You have not crosses ynow, but I hope you shall have as many crosses, as ever fell upon woman and Children." (Fol. 5r)

Appears in:
Bradwell, Stephen. Mary Glover's Late Woeful Case. Unknown: 1603, Fol. 5r

1602  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

The Throckmorton children go three or four days without fits once Agnes Samuel is brought to the house. At the end of that time, "the children fell all of them a fresh into their fits againe, and were as greeuously afflicted as ever they were in the olde womans time, and then the spirits did begin, as plainly to accuse the daughter as ever they did the mother, and do tell the children that the old woman hath set over her spirits to her daughter, and that she hath bewitched them al over againe, and that she will deale worse with them then ever her mother did." (63-64)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 63-64

1593, January  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Joan Throckmorton calls for Agnes Samuel and asks where she was at, saying Agnes "had but too much libertie, and that she must be more straightly looked unto, for of late (said she) she was in y kitchin chamber talking with her spirits." She then tells Agnes that she believes she and her sisters will be no better until Agnes and her mother, Alice Samuel, have been hanged, for her spirits have told her so. Agnes admitted to having been in the kitchen, but denied talking to spirits or knowing anything about them despite Joan's insistence that she stop denying it. (65-66)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 65-66

1593, February 10  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Joan Throckmorton allegedly recieves another visit from the spirit Smack, in which he claims to have been fighting with Pluck and Catch alongside one of the other Smacks, and to have "beaten them both very much, so that they dare not come to her any more." Smack then advises her to wait a while longer before scratching Agnes Samuel, so that she does not have time to heal before the Assizes. He also accuses Agnes of "cosenting to the death of the Lady Crumwel." Smack tells her that, "to proue this to be true, whensoever any stranger shall come into the house, you shall fall into your fitte, and if then Agnes Samuell shall come unto you and say, As I am a Witch, and consenting to the death of Ladie Crumwell, so I charge thee to depart and to let her come foorth of her fit, you shall presently well." He also promises that she will have numerous fits on the Assizes day, but that Agnes Samuel will be made to pay. (73-74)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 73-74

1593, February 20  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Elizabeth Throckmorton has numerous grievously tormenting fits for a week, culminating in a fit at dinner on the 10th of March in which she hums and seems to be trying to speak to something despite her mouth being shut up. Agnes Samuel is bid to hold her while she is in the fit, and Elizabeth quiets. Grace then goes into a fit, and Agnes holds her for a while, upon which Elizabeth becomes angry with her and says "now I can see the yong Witch which I could neuer do before since she came to the house in my fit." She then claims that her "sister Ioanes diuel told me euen now as I sate at supper, that I must scratch the yong Witch" and scratches Agnes viciously, despite that Agnes still holds Grace in her arms. Elizabeth then falls to weeping, accuses her of not praying in her heart, and demands she confess to her wickedness. (80-83)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 80-83

1593, March 2  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Elizabeth Throckmorton demands that Agnes Samuel confess to having bewitched her and her sisters, and causing their torments. She claims that "if thou wouldest even now confesse it, we shall be presently well, defie now therefore the devill, and confesse it, that God may forgive thee, and that they soule may be saved. If thou wouldest thinke (sayd she) of the torments of hell, and that thy soule must burned in hell fire, except thou doest confesse and repent, then thou wouldest not now stand so stifly in the deniall of it as thou doest: but thou art a wicked childe, and thou hast beene a Witch this foure or five yeares & more, thou hast done more hurt the to me and my sisters, for tho hast killed my Ladie Crumwell and moe. The devill that standeth here telleth me so, and thou woulde it have killed my sister Joane in this her sick weeke, but God will not let thee, what a wicked hart hast thou that nothing will content thee but our death." Elizabeth also accuses Agnes' father, John Samuel, and wishes he were there to be scratched. (84)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 84

1593, March 10  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Robert Throckmorton demands John Samuel explain why he has come to his house, and Samuel claims someone told him his daughter Agnes Samuel was sick. Samuel finally says, after being pressed by both Throckmorton and Dr. Dorington, that it was his brother's daughter who told him. Elizabeth Throckmorton cries out that "he was a naughtie man, and a witch, and but for him & his daughter, his wives soule might have beene saved, and therefore hee must answere for it before God one day." Samuel is rude and loud in response, accusing Elizabeth of lying. He refuses to calm down until forced to stop yelling. Elizabeth then "exhorted the father and the daughter for the space of an houre and an halfe," and Robert explained how Agnes could command the spirits tormenting his daughters to depart. John Samuel refuses to say Agnes' words to command the spirits and rebukes Throckmorton for demanding it. (84-86)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 84-86

1593, March 10  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Joan Throckmorton asks Smack whether John Samuel is a witch, and Smack allegedly replies "he was a Witch & would be a worse then eyther this young witch is, or the olde witch her mother was, when they two are hanged, for then all the spirites will come to him, and he will doe more hurt then any have yet done, for saith the spirite, he hath alreadie bewitched a man and a woman." Joan then asks who it was John had bewitched, and Smack refuses to say anything until Agnes Samuel has left the room. Agnes is taken out and watched to make sure she cannon eavesdrop. Smack then says it is John Samuel's neighbors Chappel and Mistress Chappel. Chappel is known to have fits, and Mistress Chappel to be unable to stir. (94-95)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 94-95

1593, March 25  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

Smack allegedly says, through Joan Throckmorton, that Chappel should beat John Samuel to end his bewitchment. The spirit claims Samuel once asked him to break Chappel's neck in a fall; Smack "caused on the suddaine both his Pattins to be broken, and if he had fallen on the stones as he fell in the myre, he had beene maymed." Joan claims this information is new to her. When asked, Chappel "confessed that he had once such a fall, as he met with old Samuell in the streetes, and both his Pattins were broken at one instant, and because he would not fall upn the causie (for it was but narrow) into the myre, wherin he was marveilously foyled, and if an other neighbor had not beene with him, he had beene in greater danger." (94-95)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 94-95

1593, March 25  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

After Jane Throckmorton scratches Agnes Samuel, Dr. Dorington "began to instructe the maide, and to exhort her with many good speaches, saying that God would surely not suffer her to be thus cryed out upon by these wicked spirites, and afflicted in this sorte by these innocent children contrary to their willes, if shee were not consenting, or at the least concealing, and of some knowledge of these wicked practices." Agnes denies this and "desired God to shew some present token upon her, that they all might know that shee was giltie of thse matters: Presently after these words, her nose began to bleede, and she bled verie much, which thing whether it were a signe of Gods sending at that time, in token of her giltinesse or not, that he knoweth onely." (101-102)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 101-102

1593, March 15  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

John Darrell alleges that William Sommer's claims that Darrell taught him to counterfeit possession and that they met for four years prior to November 1597 are ridiculous. Darrell maintains that he never met Sommers before November 1597, and that he did not even know that Sommers was possessed until numerous persons, including the the Mayor of Nottingham, sent him letters inviting him to come dispossess Sommers. Darrell also maintains that, if Sommers did come to Ashbie, they were never there at the same time. He concludes that Sommers is lying about their prior association. (22-27)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 22-27

1599  Ashbie de la zouche  Ashbie de la zouche  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

A witness, Mr. 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. Hughes is a preacher, who admitted he was "willing to admonish the said Elizabeth Jackson of her lewde tongue," and so went to visit the old woman at her house. As soon as he entered her abode, she "very intentively fixt her eyes upon him," facing him. As the Preacher prepared to speak with her, he "had suddenly his speech taken from him, his necke became stiffe, and his Chin borne inwards into his bosome, his knees (withall) yeelding under him, as though he should fall." Calling upon God, the Preacher finds the strength to prevail, and is able to depart from Elizabeth Jackson's house. However, he is not able to speak for two hours afterward. (Fol. 33v - Fol. 34r)

Appears in:
Bradwell, Stephen. Mary Glover's Late Woeful Case. Unknown: 1603, Fol. 33v - Fol. 34r

1602, December 1  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

Elizabeth Burges comes forward as a witness at the trial of Elizabeth Jackson, a woman accused of bewitching the fourteen year old Mary Glover. Elizabeth Burges admits to having seen Elizabeth Jackson threaten Mary Glover, but also tells how she "had ben therefore threatned by her," so that one day while eating prunes, the old woman visits her and Elizabeth Burges is "not able to swallow one downe, but also fell on vomiting." This continues for some three weeks after being visited by Elizabeth Jackson, "upon all sustenance of meat receaved." At another visit of Elizabeth Jackson while Elizabeth Burges was vomiting, Elizabeth Jackson allegedly wishes "that she might cast up her heart, gutts and all," adding "Thou shortly, shalt have in thee an evill spirit too." The following night, Elizabeth Burges is visited by a vision in the shape of a fox; the night after that a vision in the shape of "an ougly black man, with a bounch of keyes in his hand, intysing her to go with him, and those keyes would bring her to gould enough"; and a final third night, Elizabeth Burges is visited by the vision in "the likenes of a mouse." However, by "faithfull praier," aided by her Master and Mistress, Elizabeth Burges was delivered from these visions. While recounting this tale at the trial, Elizabeth Jackson interrupts Elizabeth Burges, saying "thow wilt be sicke, and cast againe anon," causing Elizabeth Burges to lose her power of speech. She was led into a chamber after, where she fell ill as Elizabeth Jackson had predicted, "and after that, was led home weake, faynte and Casting, benummed in all her body, hardly able to stand, and never yet to this day recovered her perfect libertie againe." (Fol. 34r - Fol. 35r)

Appears in:
Bradwell, Stephen. Mary Glover's Late Woeful Case. Unknown: 1603, Fol. 34r - Fol. 35r

1602, December 1  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

Evidence is brought forth at the trial of Elizabeth Jackson, an old woman accused of bewitching the fourteen year old girl Mary Glover, that Elizabeth Jackson's "cursing, long before this time, had ben observed to have a mischevous consequent." Once, while washing clothes for one of Lady Bond's men (Anonymous 455), Elizabeth Jackson came to collect her earnings. However, he was out of town, at which time Elizabeth Jackson said, "is he gone? I pray god he may breake his necke, or his legge, before he com againe." The man (Anonymous 455) breaks his leg during his journey, accordingly. (Fol. 35r - Fol. 35v)

Appears in:
Bradwell, Stephen. Mary Glover's Late Woeful Case. Unknown: 1603, Fol. 35r - Fol. 35v

1602, December 1  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

Testimony is given at the trial of Elizabeth Jackson, an old woman accused of bewitching the fourteen year old girl Mary Glover, that once in a "dead senseles fitt," brought on by the presence of Elizabeth Jackson, Mary Glover is so heavy , that "two could scarsly lift up her head," but "upon a suddaine," Mary Glover was found to be "more light then a naturall body." This was proved when a "godly honest gentleman" (Anonymous 456) lifted her from the bed with ease and then "turning himselfe about, with her, lying upon his armes, made a shew of her," affirming to all that she was "as a curten throwen overthwart his armes." He lay Mary Glover down upon the bed again, and shortly after, the girl was found to be incredibly heavy again. These symptoms are in line with possession or bewitchment, and not of natural causes. (Fol. 35v - Fol. 36r)

Appears in:
Bradwell, Stephen. Mary Glover's Late Woeful Case. Unknown: 1603, Fol. 35v - Fol. 36r

1602, December 1  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Accusation

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 
Accusation

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

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

1668  Ware  Ware  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
Accusation

Anne Greene and Mary Nunweeke allegedly appear in the form of dogs to Margaret Wade while she is in bed. (64)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 64

1653, February 16  Gargreave  Gargrave  Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
Accusation

Joan Robinson is accused of bewitching animals and men. (100)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 100

1582    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Accusation

Joan Cunny confesses to sending her familiars to hurt Master Kitchin, the town Minister, but they were not able to because of his strong religious faith. (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 2

1589, March    Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges in her confession that, after she received the familiar Sathan from Elizabeth Francis, she decided to try him out by asking him to kill one of her hogs. When he did, she gave him a chicken and a drop of her blood as payment. (13-14)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 13-14

1557  Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Elizabeth Bennet is accused of bewitching William and Joan Byet and three of his livestock, all of which died. She also confesses to bewitching William Willes' wife and William Willinga[...]e. (102)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 102

1582    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Alice Manfielde is accused of sending her imp Robin to plague Cheston's bull, make it pine, and die. This was seen as an act of retribution; Cheston's wife allegedly chides Manfielde and speaks many evil words to her. (63)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 63

1575    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Alice Manfielde is accused of bewitching Joan Cheston's cattle. (70)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 70

1582    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Elizabeth Ewstace is accused of hurting Felice Okey's geese. Felice Okey testifies against Elizabeth Ewstace during her trial. (75)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 75

1582    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Joan Cunny confesses to sending her familiars to hurt Master Kitchin, the town Minister, but they were not able to because of his strong religious faith. (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 2

1589, March    Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

Arthur Bill is accused of bewitching Martha Aspine to death, based on strong suspicions that he was also guilty of having previously bewitched numerous kinds of cattle, and the evil reputation he and his parents have earned. (C2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, C2

1611  Raunds  Raundes  Northamptonshire  County of Northampton; Northants  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

Elizabeth Gooding is accused of causing the death of a horse. (7)

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, 7

1645, April  Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Anne Leech confesses sending an imp to kill Mr. Edward's cows. (8)

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, 8

1645  Mistley  Mistley  Northeast Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Joyce Boanes allegedly went to John Spall's home, and used imps to kill ten or twelve of his sheep. (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

1645    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

For the next several days after Joseph Weedon refused to sell Mary/Ann Foster mutton, he allegedly finds over 30 of his sheep "in a miserable condition, with all their Leggs broken to pieces in several places" and "their Bones all shattered in their Skins." Foster is suspected in their demise. (4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Relation of the Most Remarkable Proceedings at the late Assizes at Northampton. London: 1674, 4

1674, April    Eastcote  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Animal Damage

Elizabeth Clarke of Manningtree confesses to having killed Mr. Edwards' hogs. (3)

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, 3

1645  Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

Anne Whittle alleges in her confession that, after Mrs. Moore chided her for using a charm to amend some drink, Whittle called for her familiar, Fancie, and instructed him to bite the Moores' cow on the head and make it go mad. Fancie turned into a brown dog and bit the cow, which died within six weeks. (E2v-E3)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, E2v-E3

1612, April 2    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Animal Damage

A woman who appears like a gentlewoman (Anonymous 22) destroys stores of beer and kills three hogs through witchcraft after being denied bacon and beer by a maidservant. (2-3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Signs and Wonders from Heaven. With a True Relation of a Monster Born in Radcliffe Highway. London: 1645, 2-3

1644, July 30  Soffam; Swaffham  Soffam; Swaffham  Norfolk  Norfolke; Norfolk  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Sutton, a long-time resident of Milton, is thought to have raised her daughter Mary to be "a scholler to the Diuell himselfe" and to have caused the livestock of the town to suffer "staggerings, frensies, and other diseases." (A4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, A4

1612    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Animal Damage

Ursley Kempe informs against Elizabeth Bennet which leads to her being apprehended. After this, Elizabeth Bennet is pressured to confess. She admits sending her familiars to plague her neighbour's cattle. ()

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582,

1582, February 22    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Henry Sellis is accused by Richard Ross of bewitching his horses to death in 1574. (51)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 51

1582, March 1    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Thomas Death accuses Cysley Sellis of murdering his calve. (68)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 68

1558, March 1    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Joan Cunny denies that her familiars have the power to hurt people, yet she admits they have the ability to hurt cattle. (3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 3

1589, March    Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Johane Harrison allegedly bewitches to death all of a Yeoman's (Anonymous 73) cattle after he had tries to help his bewitched sister by riding to Cambridge to see a scholar. (21)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 21

1606, August 4  Hartford  Gadsden  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges in her confession that she once became offended by Father Kersye, and instructed Sathan to kill three of Father Kersye's hogs. After Sathan carried out the request, Mother Waterhouse rewarded him with a chicken and a drop of blood. Sathan ate the chicken in its entirety, leaving no bones or feathers behind. (12, 13-14)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 12, 13-14

1557  Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Agnes Waterhouse makes a second confession in which she admits to having killed a man. She also admits to having a familiar in the shape of a white cat which she used to kill many of her neighbours' cattle and the man, and to turning the cat into a toad. (22-24)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 22-24

1566, July 27     Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Elizabeth Weed alleged in her confession that she once sent her familiar Lilly to Edward Musgrave, but that Lilly returned claiming not to have the power. Instead, Weed sent out Priscill to kill two of Musgrave's horses, and one belonging to John Musgrave, plus a cow of William Musgrave's and another cow of Thomas Thorp's; Priscill succeeded where Lilly had failed. (2)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 2

1646, March 31  Catworth  Catworth  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Animal Damage

Frances Moore alleged in her confession that, five years before, Edward Hull's cow got into her grain. She cursed it and set Pretty on it, causing the cow to swell and die. (5)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 5

1641  Catworth  Catworth  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Animal Damage

France Moore alleged in her confession that, five years before, one of Peter Brown's cows went into her corn; she cursed the cow and set Pretty on it, causing the animal to die two or three days later. (5-6)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 5-6

1641  Catworth  Catworth  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Sutton allegedly causes Master Enger's horses to die in their stables overnight. Some appear to have been strangled, others to have beaten out their own brains, and others dead without an obvious cause. (A4-A4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, A4-A4v

1610    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Sutton allegedly causes Master Enger's swine to fall mad. Some eviscerate one other and feed on them, and others run to the mill pond and drown themselves in groups of ten and twenty as if one mind. (A4-A4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, A4-A4v

1610    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Animal Damage

Henry Cordially claims that Mary Sykes had threatened to diminish his livestock; although he might have nine or ten beasts, she "wold make them fewer." (29)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 29

1650, March  York  York  Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

Master Avery and Mistress Belcher, riding home to Guilesborough in a coach after visiting Northampton Gaol, allegedly encounter a man (Anonymous 125) and a woman (Anonymous 126) riding double on a black horse. Avery sees Anonymous 125 and Anonymous 126 gesturing strangely, and is moved to cry out "That either they or their Horses should presently miscarcy." This proves prophetic, for moments later the horses drawing the carriage fell down dead. Avery rose up praising the grace and mercy of God for delivering them and not suffering foul spirits to work their mischief on men. (B4-B5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, B4-B5

1611  Northamptonshire  Northampton  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Animal Damage

Doctor Harvey sends the woman off to get some ale. While she is away, Doctor Harvey captures her toad by throwing some milk as the old woman had done and opens it up using his scalpel to examine its entrails and determine whether it is different from a normal toad. (285)

Appears in:
Bickley et al., A.C.. The Gentleman's Magazine Library. London: 1884, 285

1636  Newmercat   Forest Heath  Suffolk  Suffolke  England 
Animal Damage

Richard Booth testifies that Mary Syke's "blessings" were followed by the wasting of his goods by death (aka the death of his livestock). (29)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 29

1650, March  York  York  Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

Katherine Earle is accused by Henry Hatfield of striking him and his mare in the neck. Shortly thereafter, the mare dies and Hatfield develops a terrible pain in his neck. (69)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 69

1653, December  York  York  North Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

Rebecca West confesses to commanding imps to kill a horse, cow, and a child (Anonymous 193). Rebecca West also asserts that this command was given by Anne West, Mother Benefield, and Mother Goodwin as well. (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Arraignment of Thirty Witches at Chensford in Essex. London: 1645, 2

1645, July 25    Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

A witch (Anonymous 194) sends her maid (Anonymous 195) to fetch a handful of herbs; she returns home, late having spent time with her lover, but with a handful of herbs, regardless. The maid (Anonymous 195) witnesses her mistress (Anonymous 194) cutting the herbs and strewing them about the room. The next morning the witchs husband (Anonymous 196) finds twelve or fourteen dead hogs in his yard, which he believes is the work of his wife (Anonymous 194) and the maid (Anonymous 195). It may be, however, that Anonymous 195's sweetheart pointed her to the wrong herbs, and seeking to cover up the grievous mistake, the story shifts to the suspicious actions of he mistress scattering the herbs. (4-5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Arraignment of Thirty Witches at Chensford in Essex. London: 1645, 4-5

1645, July 25  Ipswich  Ipswich; Gippeswick  Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
Animal Damage

William Searle gives a statement before Justice Robert Bernard alleging that, three or four years before, Francis Moore had requested to bake a loaf of bread at his home, and he refused her. In retribution, she set her familiar Pretty on his chickens, causing them to flutter, refuse to eat and die. (7)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 7

1642  Catworth  Catworth  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Animal Damage

Susan Havering, "being a comon witch and inchantrix," is indicted for allegedly bewitching three colts "worth 4," belonging to Robert Smyth. (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

1653, March 24    Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

After Mother Atkins is angered by the slow speed Gregory Coulson uses to bring her charity, two lambs of Gregory Coulson are let forth into a yard, and "suddenly they began so nimbly to skip and frilke to and fro, that they never ceased after til they died." (6)

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, 6

1592  London   Pinner  London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

A woman, described as "another of the women witches" (Anonymous 272), one among eighteen at a session at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, confessed to bewitching a "great store of Cattle," causing hardship to the owners who "were much impoverished" by the death of their stock, or their "unserviceablenesse." (4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Relation of the Araignment of Eighteene Witches. London: 1645, 4

1645  Bury St. Edmunds  Bury St. Edmunds  Suffolk  West Suffolk  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk sent 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  Mistley  Mistley  Northeast Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Anne Leech of Mistley, Suffolk sent 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  Mistley  Mistley  Northeast Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

Anne Leech allegedly bewitches two of Richard Edwards' cows. She accomplished this simply by walking by Richard Edwards' pasture. A black cow fell down as she passed; a white cow died one day after its fellow, dieing on the same spot. Edwards has an autopsy performed on the cows, but "no disease discovered, which might occasion their death." (10-11)

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, 10-11

1644  Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

Margaret Moone allegedly bewitched Stephen Cookers cow to death, a crime she is said to confess to. (26)

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, 26

1645    Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Margaret Moone allegedly bewitched Stephen Cooker's cows to death, livestock held in "Handling," a crime she is said to confess to. (26)

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, 26

1645    Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Margaret Moone allegedly bewitched one of Henry Robinson's cows and one of his sows to death, a crime she is said to confess to. (27)

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, 27

1645    Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Margaret Moone allegedly bewitched Philip Daniel's horse. It fell and broke its neck while pulling Daniel's wagon down hill. (26)

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, 26

1645    Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

Ten or twelve of Richard Welch's lambs are allegedly killed by Joyce Boane's familiars, at her behest. (34)

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, 34

1632    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

A calf, a sheep, and a lamb, owned by Thomas Clynch are allegedly killed by Joyce Boane's familiars, at her behest. (34)

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, 34

1632 ?    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Ten or twelve of John Spall's sheep are allegedly killed by familiars employed by Susan Cock, Rose Hallybread, Joyce Boanes, and Margaret Landish, allegedly at their best. Spall had evidently earned this malice when his wife refused to give or sell cheese curds to a preganant Susan Cock. (35)

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, 35

1645    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Rebecca Jones allegedly sends one of her three familiars to kill Bejamin Howes' swine, which dies accordingly. She does not name which familiar allegedly did this crime. (36, 37)

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, 36, 37

1620    Little Clacton  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Margaret Stanton is indicted at the assizes in Chelmsford for allegedly bewitching a gelding worth 3 and a cow worth 40s. (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

1578, August 20    Chelnes-forde; Chelmesforde; Chelmifforde; Chensforde;Chelmes-forde  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

Richard Galis buys sheep and cattle after the death of his father in an attempt to build up his family's fortunes, only to have almost all die; thereafter many other attempts to raise funds turn sour and his raging fits return until he is convinced that witches are once again seeking his ruin. Galis swears to Sir Henry Nevel that either the witches will be brought to justice, or he will himself suffer their punishment. (Image 8-9)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 8-9

1579  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Devell, as alleged by Elizabeth Stile in her confession, would beg alms of her neighbors and, if they refused, cause mischief to them and their cattle. (Image 13)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 13

1579  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Dutton and Mother Devell, as alleged by Elizabeth Stile in her confession, kill William Foster's cow by witchcraft. (15)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, 15

1579, January  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Staunton, feuding with Thomas Prat, allegedly came by his home carrying grain, and Prat demanded it of her; she asked what he would do with it, to which he answered he would give them to his chickens, snatching the grain from her hands. Three or four dozen chickens are said to have died after being fed the grain, with only one survivor. (11)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 11

1579  Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Staunton allegedly demanded a leather thong from John Hopwood, and when denied left offended; the same night, Hopwood's gelding died suddenly in its stable. (13)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 13

1579    Waltham on the Wolds  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Staunton allegedly made demands of John Cornell the younger and took offense when she was denied; immediately after, his cattle are said to have given gory stinking blood instead of milk, and one of his cows became so stricken that it never recovered. (14)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 14

1579  Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Staunton allegedly came to Robert Lathburie's home to make demands and was sent away; shortly after her departure, twenty of his hogs are said to have fallen sick and died, and one of his cows was afflicted such that it became three times more likely to become lost. Lathburie burned one of the dead hogs in an attempt to save the rest. (14-15)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 14-15

1579  Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Nokes allegedly became offended when a servant of Thomas Spycer's (Anonymous 367) refused to answer a question she put to him; shortly thereafter one of the horses he was plowing with fell down with a swollen head and died. Thinking that Anonymous 367 had beaten the horse about its head, Spycer demanded to know what had happened, to which Anonymous 367 recounted the story. Spycer went to Nokes and threatened to have her answer for the death of the horse. (16-17)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 16-17

1579    Lambert, Lambert End, Lambourne  Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Mr. Chamblet alleges in his deposition that he had bargained with Jane Kent over two of his pigs, and that when he refused to deliver them without payment, she bewitched all of his swine. (3-4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Full and True Account of the Proceedings at the Sessions of Oyer and Terminer. London: 1682, 3-4

1682  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

William Searle gives a statement alleging that, three or four years before, Francis Moore had caused one of his hogs to die in retribution for some of his servants setting a dog on one of her hogs. (7)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 7

1642  Catworth  Catworth  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Animal Damage

Hellen Jenkenson is apprehended from her home in Thrapston by Sir Thomas Brook for allegedly bewitching a child to death and committed to Northampton Gaol. She is suspected of the child's murder due to a reputation for living an evil life, and suspicion that she had bewitched cattle and caused other mischiefs in the past. (D2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, D2

1611, May 11  Thrapston  Thrapston  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Animal Damage

Mary Barber is apprehended from her home in Stanwicke by Sir Thomas T[...]ham for allegedly bewitching a man to death, causing harm to cattle and other mischief. She is committed to Northampton Gaol. She is said to be rude, degenerate, licentious, malicious, envious, cruel, violent and to possess devilish desires. (D3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, D3

1611, May 6  Northamptonshire  Northampton  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

Alison Device gives deposition against her grandmother, Elizabeth Southerns, alleging that John Nutter once came to Southerns for help with a sick cow. Southerns agreed to look at the animal, and had Alison lead her to it at about 10 o'clock at night; Southerns stayed there for about half an hour, and Alison's sister Jennet led her home again. The cow was dead the next morning, leading Alison to believe that Southerns bewitched it to death. (C-Cv)

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

1612, March 13    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Animal Damage

Anne Whittle alleges in her confession that she called on Fancie, who was in the shape of a man, and bid him to kill Anthony Nutter's cow; the cow died not long after. Whittle claims that she did it because she thought Nutter favoured Elizabeth Southern over her. (E2-E3)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, E2-E3

1612, April 2    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Animal Damage

Allison Device alleges during her examination that, six or seven years before, Anne Whittle had a falling out with Hugh Moore when Moore accused her of bewitching his cattle. Whittle is said to have cursed Moore and said she would be revenged of him. He fell sick not long after, languished for about six months, and died. On his deathbed, Moore allegedly said that Whittle had bewitched him to death. (E4-F)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, E4-F

1605    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Animal Damage

Anne Whittle gives deposition alleging that Margaret Pearson confessed to her that she is a witch and has a spirit (Anonymous 153) in the shape of a man with cloven feet. Pearson claimed to have "done very much harme to one Dodgesons goods" and sat with her spirit on the back of Dodgeson's mare until the horse died. (S2v)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, S2v

1612, August 19    Paddiham  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Sutton and Mary Sutton's alleged campaign to destroy Master Enger's livestock causes 200 pounds worth of damage in less than two years. (A4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, A4v

1610    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges in her confession that she had a falling out with Widow Gooday and instructed Sathan to drown Gooday's cow. When Sathan did so, she rewarded him with a drop of blood and another chicken. (13, 15)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 13, 15

1557  Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

Mother Agnes Waterhouse alleges in her confession that she had a falling out with one of her neighbours (Anonymous 67) and instructed Sathan to kill three of that neighbour's geese. (13, 15)

Appears in:
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 13, 15

1557  Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

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 
Animal Damage

Mary/Ann Foster is examined before a Justice of the Peace and confesses to setting Joseph Weedon's barns on fire. She claims that "she lighted Touchwood, and the Devil carryed her up by the Arms to the top of the Roof, and there with her Touchwood she set fire in the Thatch." Foster also confesses to destroying Weedon's sheep. (6-7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Relation of the Most Remarkable Proceedings at the late Assizes at Northampton. London: 1674, 6-7

1674, August 22  Northamptonshire  Northampton  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Animal Damage

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 
Apparitions

Joan Cunny confesses to sending her familiars to hurt Master Kitchin, the town Minister, but they were not able to because of his strong religious faith. (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 2

1589, March    Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
Apparitions

Mr. Wayneman gave deposition alleging that Dr. John Lambe "did practise to drawe the said Mr. Wayneman into the Deuillish Art of Coniuration, and told him that he had the command of spirits." Lambe promised to show him an angel, and Wayneman agreed out of curiosity. Lambe took a crystal ball out of his pocket, rested his hat upon the table, and put the crystal on the hat's crown. He then knelt down before it and pronounced his adoration. When Wayneman asked why he did so, Lambe said he had to or the angel wouldn't appear. Lambe then added, "although I said to you, it was an Angell, I would shew you, I did deceiue you for it is a Spirit I vse to call vpon." (6-7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Briefe Description of the Notorious Life of John Lambe. Amsterdam: 1628, 6-7

1627  Worcester  Worcester  Worcestershire  Worcestershire  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

Elizabeth Anderson recalls how she saw the apparition of a "Black grim Man" approach her grandmother in her house. (9)

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, 9

1697, January    West Central Lowlands  Renfrewshire  Renfrewshire  Scotland 
Apparitions

Elizabeth Weed alleges in her examination before Justices Robert Bernard and Nicholas Pedley that the Devil had appeared to her in the form of a young man 21 years before, along with two spirits in the form of puppies. The Devil asked her to renounce God and Christ, which she did, and told her she must sign a covenant giving him her soul at the end of 21 years. In exchange, he would give her his services to do mischief as she required him. (1-2)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 1-2

1625  Catworth  Catworth  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

John Tonken alleges that the Old Witch (Anonymous 6) appears to him repeatedly before his vomiting fits, sometimes in the form of a cat and once in the form of a mouse; she often predicts what he will vomit. He is often heard to beg her to make him well, or demand her name and where she lives, but she will not tell him. For lack of another name, he calls her Old Witch. (3, 4, 5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 3, 4, 5

1686, May 4  Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Apparitions

Jane Wallis is examined before Justice Robert Osborne, and confesses to having been visited six weeks before by a spirit in the shape of a man wearing black clothes. He greeted her, introduced himself as Blackeman and asked if she was poor. When she replied to the affirmative, he said he would send Grissell and Greedigut to her, to do anything she asked of them. Wallis noticed then that he had ugly feet. To her terror, he seemed to grow, then shrink, and vanished away. In his deposition, Edward Wingfield added that Blackeman appeared ancient; Wingfield claimed Wallis had confessed to him. (12)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 12

1646, February    Keiston  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

James Cook, Thomas Blossom, and Edward See witness the apparition of a battle horse in the sky over where the Battle of Dunbar had taken place. (1-2)

Appears in:
Godly-learned minister of the Gospel., . More Warning Yet. Being a True Relation of a Strange and Most Dreadful Apparition which was Seen in the Air. London: 1654, 1-2

1645, September 3    Dunbar  East Lothian  East Lothian  Scotland 
Apparitions

Mary Hill allegedly suffers a pricking in her stomach the Sunday after refusing Anonymous 8 an apple. Monday at dinner, "something arose in her Throat, which was like to have Choaked her; and at the same time fell into Violent Fits, which held her till Nine or Ten a Clock at Night." The fits are so severe that four or five people are needed to restrain her. Hill claims to see Anonymous 8 standing against the wall grinning, and is seen to step around as if avoiding blows. (1-2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 1-2

1689, July  Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

Christian Shaw has a fit during which the Devil allegedly appears to her in the shape of a man. (29)

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, 29

1697, February 18  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Apparitions

Thomas Lipeat speaks with an apparition (Anonymous 22) which appears in the shape of the Moon. The apparition asks him, along with John Mowlin, to preach the Gospel of all men to repent. Lipeat suspects the apparition is not God, as it asks Lipeat to omit that he heard the Voice of God, but rather just that he had a Vision. (5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Divell in Kent. London: 1647, 5

1647, May  Old Sandwich  Old Sandwich  Kent  Kent  England 
Apparitions

Thomas Lipeat sees the apparition (Anonymous 22) in the form of a man who offers him money, but Thomas Lipeat refuses saying the grace of God is sufficient. The apparition mentions that John Mowlin believes his sayings. The apparition leaves after Thomas Lipeat's refusal. (6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Divell in Kent. London: 1647, 6

1647, May  Old Sandwich  Old Sandwich  Kent  Kent  England 
Apparitions

John Mowlin is visited by several visions and apparitions (Anonymous 22), which he believes are sent to him by God to do God's work. These continue for some five weeks, and appear to John Mowlin as a man in a coloured coat with "holes in [his] hands and feet," as well as through Voices. These same apparitions visit Thomas Lipeat, who suspects that they are not from God, but from the Devil. (1 - 3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Divell in Kent. London: 1647, 1 - 3

1674, May 13  Old Sandwich  Old Sandwich  Kent  Kent  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

Catherine Campbell is imprisoned. Because of this, Catherine Campbell only appears to Christian Shaw when it is known that she is either at liberty to go to church or at the jailer's house. (10)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 10

1697    West Central Lowlands  Renfrewshire  Renfrewshire  Scotland 
Apparitions

The apparitions (Anonymous 26) come back to carry Christian Shaw away, but are never able to bring her past the gate. The apparitions allegedly want to drown her in a well. (11-12)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 11-12

1697, January 12  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Apparitions

Christian Shaw's brother and sister claim seeing a woman with a red coat (Anonymous 97) in the garden even though every visitor had left. (17)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 17

1697, January  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

The apparition of a witch (Anonymous 107) allegedly appears to a bewitched boy (Anonymous 108) at night. He rises to strike her; marks are later found on her body. (50-51)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 50-51

1649, May    Droitwich   Worcestershire  Worcester  England 
Apparitions

Anthony Birch, attending a party at a gentleman's house where Dr. John Lambe performs juggling tricks, allegedly picks up Lambe's crystal ball when it is left on a table. He sees the shape of a hand in its depths, and then "a shepheard with a sheepehooke and tarbox on his backe." He is so amazed that he asks aloud what it is that he is seeing, and Dr. Lambe discontentedly snatches the ball back. (5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Briefe Description of the Notorious Life of John Lambe. Amsterdam: 1628, 5-6

1627  Worcester  Worcester  Worcestershire  Worcestershire  England 
Apparitions

The devil in the shape of a gentleman appears to Helen Fairfax, promising to marry her and make her the queen of England. The man forbids her from naming God, and refuses to approach her, so that she can tell by touch if he is an apparition or not. (38-39)

Appears in:
Fairfax, Edward . Daemonologia: a Discourse on Witchcraft as it was Acted in the Family of Mr. Edward Fairfax. Unknown: 1621, 38-39

1621, November 14  Fuystone  Holme Valley  Yorkshire  York  England 
Apparitions

The devil in the shape of a gentleman appears to Helen Fairfax and attempts to persuade her to kill herself with a knife, a rope, and a "great pin" which is in her petticoat. Fairfax refuses, and shows the pin to her family when she awakes from her fit. (39)

Appears in:
Fairfax, Edward . Daemonologia: a Discourse on Witchcraft as it was Acted in the Family of Mr. Edward Fairfax. Unknown: 1621, 39

1621, November 14  Fuystone  Holme Valley  Yorkshire  York  England 
Apparitions

The devil transforms from a "beast with many horns," to a calf, to a little dog. As a dog, he demands Helen Fairfax open her mouth so he could enter and possess her. (41)

Appears in:
Fairfax, Edward . Daemonologia: a Discourse on Witchcraft as it was Acted in the Family of Mr. Edward Fairfax. Unknown: 1621, 41

1621, November 15  Fuystone  Holme Valley  Yorkshire  York  England 
Apparitions

The devil claims to have ten thousand angels working for him. He attempts to frighten and tempt Helen Fairfax with a series of strange visions; he presents her with the vision of a horse, chopping its head off when she refuses to mount it and fills the kitchen with fire. (40-41)

Appears in:
Fairfax, Edward . Daemonologia: a Discourse on Witchcraft as it was Acted in the Family of Mr. Edward Fairfax. Unknown: 1621, 40-41

1621, November 15  Fuystone  Holme Valley  Yorkshire  York  England 
Apparitions

The devil in the shape of a gentleman appears to Helen Fairfax with the image of a naked child which he proceeds to beat. He admits the image is an image of her, which is used to bewitch her. He also offers to lay the image in bed with her (as one would lay in bed with their infant). The same image appears later in the afternoon when one of two 'boys' who had appeared to Helen stand it up, dance about it, throw their hats at, and kick it. (58)

Appears in:
Fairfax, Edward . Daemonologia: a Discourse on Witchcraft as it was Acted in the Family of Mr. Edward Fairfax. Unknown: 1621, 58

1621, January 2  Fuystone  Holme Valley  Yorkshire  York  England 
Apparitions

Elizabeth Fairfax sees a poor boy lurking in the halls of her parent's home. Two day's later, while sitting on Elizabeth Smith's knee, the boy approached her again and threatened to drown her (as her sister had been threatened). At this time she identifies the boy as Elizabeth Fletcher's spirit. (60-61)

Appears in:
Fairfax, Edward . Daemonologia: a Discourse on Witchcraft as it was Acted in the Family of Mr. Edward Fairfax. Unknown: 1621, 60-61

1622, January 6  Fuystone  Holme Valley  Yorkshire  York  England 
Apparitions

Helen and Elizabeth Fairfax, over a series of 4 days, allegedly experience simultaneous trances, during which they share visions of two cats fighting, a woman, an old man, and a "deformed thing, having the face of a woman, and all the body besides rough and mis-shapen." (66-68)

Appears in:
Fairfax, Edward . Daemonologia: a Discourse on Witchcraft as it was Acted in the Family of Mr. Edward Fairfax. Unknown: 1621, 66-68

1622, January 27  Fuystone  Holme Valley  Yorkshire  York  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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

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

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

Dorothy Rodes relates that her daughter told her that Kellet's wife appeared to her on several occasions even though she had been dead for two years. (28-30)

Appears in:
Raine, James. Depositions from the Castle of York. Unknown: 1861, 28-30

1650  York  York  Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

Eleanor Holland and Elizabeth Hardman fortell how many fits they will have the next day before they go to sleep. Eleanor Holland alleges that she will have her fit before noon, and that it will last three hours. When the time comes, she insists an hourglass be set to record the length of the fit; her companions do so in a place where she cannot see it. Though senseless, she accurately states the quarter and half hours, and bid them turn the glass as the last sand runs down three times. When Eleanor is asked how she was able to do this, she says a white dove told her. (Image 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 6

1598  Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Apparitions

MIstress Starchie questions the five children (Anne and John Starchie, Margaret and Elizabeth Hardman, and Eleanor Holland) on how they have been handled, hoping for information she can take to preachers; they tell her that an angel came from God in the shape of a dove came to them and said they must follow it to heaven through a hole it would draw them through. They ran under the beds, where Elizabeth Hardman begins to make a hole, believing there is a boy on the other side who would help her do so. (Image 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 6

1598, Winter  Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Apparitions

Richard Galis alleges to have been visited by the apparition of "huge and mightie black Cat," creeping towards him from the shadows at midnight. In fear and terror, he calls for a maid with a candle to light the room so he can find the creature. The maid neither sees the cat nor can keep her taper illuminated. (6)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, 6

1579  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Apparitions

Richard Galis beings to suffer from "extreame torturs and greuous paines sustained in the night" once again following MIstress Audrey's and Mother Nelson's sudden deaths; this is joined by the reappearance of the the apparition of the Mightie Black cat. (Image 10)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 10

1579  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Apparitions

Richard Galis, riding home late one night, alleges to have encountered a being in the shape of an ugly fiend with fiery eyes (Anonymous 68) sitting in a poor man's cart; Galis thinks it Satan himself, and bid it leave in God's name, while attacking it with his sword. A great light appears around the cart, and the fiend dispersed with the light leaving nothing but the stench of brimstone behind. (Image 11-12)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 11-12

1579  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

Mr. R. visits Aubrey Grinset in Thomas Spatchet's place, and tells Spatchet of what transpired after. He alleges that the skin on her hands and arms has been torn, with hardly a finger's breadth spared. She would not confess any witchery to him, but only that she had made an agreement with the Devil, and that it was too later for her to repent of it for she was damned. He asked her what the two cudgels on her bed were for, to which she answered that they were to fight the Devil for his misuse of her. She told him that when she was alone, the Devil would come to her and drag her out of the bed and under it until someone in the house heard the noise and found her bloody. (27-28)

Appears in:
Petto, Samuel. A Faithful Narrative of the Wonderful and Extraordinary Fits . London: 1693, 27-28

1667, April    Dunwich  Suffolk  Cookly  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

Judith Moone having refused to fetch her mother a bundle of wood the day before, feels something crawl into her bed, her bed, "about her legges, being at that time broad awake, and that shee searched to see what it should be, but could not finde any thing." Presumably this is one of her Mother Margaret Moone's familiars. (29)

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, 29

1645    Thorpe-le-Soken  Essex  Essex  England 
Apparitions

Richard Dugdale, a young man from Lancashire, begs leave of his master to go to a rushbearing, or a rural festival at the dedication of a church, in Whalley. The following morning, returning to work, Richard Dugdale "being troubled in Mind, he thought that he saw several Apparitions, but could not tell the resemblance thereof." (62)

Appears in:
Jollie, Thomas. A Vindication of the Surey Demoniack as no Imposter. London: 1698, 62

1690  Whalley  Whalley  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Apparitions

Richard Dugdale of Lancashire becomes ill while making hay, and upon the advice of a well reputed neighbour and serving woman, goes to take a drink and lie down in the Hall he works at. After "some time being laid down upon the Bed, the Chamber-Door opened of it self," and several apparitions appear to him. First, smoke or mist, then a "Hard-favoured man" he mistakes for a fellow servant or a Black man, which turns into a naked child. "All this was done when he was awake." The apparitions disappear after dancing in front of him, in a burst of flame. (62-63)

Appears in:
Jollie, Thomas. A Vindication of the Surey Demoniack as no Imposter. London: 1698, 62-63

1690  Gisburne  Gisburne  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

Edmund Hartley convinces Nicholas Starchie that he is indispensible to the well-being of the Starchie children by September 1596, but is dissatisfied with the terms Starchie offers him; he sends a loud whupping noise in his anger. Starchie had first given him room and board, then promised and annual pension in writing, effective Michaels Day (September 25) of 1598. Hartley demanded a house and ground, which Starchie refused. By mid-November, the fits and strange events resumed. (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

1596, September  Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Apparitions

Margaret Byrom travels from Cleworth to Salford with Edmund Hartley, where Hartley is made to take her before two Justice of the Peace to take her testimony against him; she is struck speechless and cast backward to the ground three times. To explain, she alleges to see a great black dog with a monstrous tail and a chain in its mouth, which runs at her and casts her into the fire, keeping her from speaking but leaving her able to use her eyes and hands. A short time later, a large black cat stared at her, knocked her down once more, and took the use of her eyes and hands. A half hour later, she is visited by an apparition in the shape of a big mouse, which knocks her down and takes her tongue, eyes and senses. (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

1598. January  Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Apparitions

The Devil appears to Margaret Byrom in the shape of Edmund Hartley two nights in a row, promising her silver and gold if she takes heed what she says and speaks the truth during her forthcoming examination regarding Hartley. Thinking it's Hartley, Byrom tells him that she already has told the truth, and she will not favor him now for silver nor gold. The second night he leaves her with the words "do as thou wilt." She is troubled by fits the day before Hartley's execution, causing her to go to the morning prayer daily thereafter. (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

1598  Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Apparitions

John Darrell takes accounts from Margaret Byrom, John Starchie, Anne Starchie, Eleanor Holland, Margaret Hardman and Elizabeth Hardman, asking them to describe how the Devil looked when he left them. Byrom alleges that she felt something come up from her belly to her breast and saw a dark mist emerge from her throat that left a foul smell behind, and went out the window in a flash of fire. John Starchie alleges it left him like an ill-favored hunchbacked man; Margaret Hardman says the same. Anne Starchie alleges he left like a foul ugly man with a white beard and a bulge on his breast the size of a man's head; Eleanor Hardman says she saw the same thing save the beard. Eleanor Hardman alleges it was like an urchin, who left through a tiny hole only to return in a foul shape promising gold; he threatened her when she refused and left again in the urchin shape. (11)

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, 11

1598, March  Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Apparitions

The Devil appears to Anne Starchie, John Starchie, Elizabeth Hardman, Margaret Hardman and Eleanor Holland in the night immediately after their dispossession, and attempts to get their permission to repossess them with gold and threats. He appears to them variously as a hunchbacked man, a man with a bulge at his neck, a bear with fire in its mouth, an ape and a dove. (11-12)

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, 11-12

1598, March  Greater Manchester  Leigh  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

Having repented signing her soul to the Devil, Anne Styles tells Mistress Bodenham who convinced her to the agreement that "to London she would flye." Mistress Bodenham agrees, and "bid her fly with speed." However, Anne Styles is stopped at Stockbridge by the Devil. (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Salisbury Assizes. Or the Reward of Witchcraft. London: 1653, 2

1653    Stockbridge  Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
Apparitions

Anne Styles is stopped on her flight to England at Stockbridge, by the Devil, and he "cast her to and froe," in front of a number of witnesses (Anonymous 351). (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Salisbury Assizes. Or the Reward of Witchcraft. London: 1653, 2

1653    Stockbridge  Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
Apparitions

Anne Styles is tortured by the Devil in the shape of a snake while a Gentleman (Anonymous 352) prays for her for a period of four days. (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Salisbury Assizes. Or the Reward of Witchcraft. London: 1653, 2

1653    Stockbridge  Hampshire  Hampshire  England 
Apparitions

Widow Webbe allegedly sees a spirit in the shape of a black dog leave her house immediately after the death of her daughter; the child died after two days of illness following a blow to the face from Ellen Smith. (8-9)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 8-9

1579  Maldon  Maldon All Saints  Essex  Essex  England 
Apparitions

John Tonken allegedly suffers from fits in which he vomits strange objects that begin after a woman (Anonymous 6) in a blue jerkin and a red petticoat with yellow and green patches visits him; Tonken is the only person who can see or hear her, and she tell him that he will not be well until he vomits nutshells, pins, and nails. Soon after, he begins retching so hard two men can hardly hold him up and vomits up three pins and half a walnut shell. (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 2

1686, May 4  Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Apparitions

John Tonken alleges that the Old Woman (Anonymous 6) appeared to him and told him he would bring up nails, that they were put into him without him being aware of it, and that they would come out again the same way; a few hours later, he is heard to cry that he had been pricked in the heel, and those present turned back the bedclothes to find a threepenny nail stuck in his heel, and another lying in the bed. (4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 4

1686, May  Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Apparitions

John Tonken alleges, during a day of particularly violent fits, that the Old Woman (Anonymous 6) told him she would kill him if it were in her power to do so. (4-5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 4-5

1686, May 10  Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Apparitions

John Tonken allegedly suffers from a staring fit in which his eyes were fixed on the thatching of the house; when someone thrust his sword into the thatch, Tonken cried "she is gone into the Corner like a Mouse" and vomited a rusty, bowed pin. (5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 5

1686, May  Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Apparitions

John Tonken allegedly cried out often that the Old Woman (Anonymous 6) had put poison in his mouth, and beg his uncle Edward Plimrose to catch her, that she was going out the window. (5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 5

1686, May  Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Apparitions

John Tonken alleges that the last time the Old Witch (Anonymous 6) appeared to him, she was accompanied by two other women (Anonymous 373) and bid him farewell, saying that she would trouble him no more; two days later, he is well enough to go about on crutches. (5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 5-6

1686, May  Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Apparitions

Mr. Tuers gives deposition alleging that he sent Elizabeth Burgiss upstairs to get him something from a trunk, and she called back that Joan Buts was in the house; when he came to investigate with several others, none of them could see Buts in the house. Instead, they saw several things in the room move without anyone near them, and coming back downstairs an iron flew over their heads from the chimney while Burgiss cried out that something was stuck on her back. He removed from her yet another piece of clay with pins stuck in 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  Yowel  Yowel  Surrey  Surrey  England 
Apparitions

Upon returning to the home of his father, Thomas Dugdale, after a rushbearing in Whalley, Richard Dugdale's side is "suddenly seiz'd as with a burning pain, as if it had been whipt and stung with Nettles, or stab'd with Needles." Almost immediately afterward, "several Apparitions presented themselves, and after Vanish'd before him." (2)

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

1688  Lancaster  Lancaster  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Apparitions

Thomas Sawdie is said to have encountered the Devil for the first time on his way home from a Fair. The Devil appeared in the form of a woman dressed all in white, who asked whether he wants any money, which he refused. The appearance of the woman vanished muttering words Sawdie didn't understand, and in her place, a great black dog with fiery eyes stood before him; Sawdie fell to the ground in a dead faint at the sight. When he recovered, the dog had vanished. (1-2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Return of Prayer: or A Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie. London: 1664, 1-2

1663, June 29  Lawrack  Landrake with St Erney  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Apparitions

Thomas Sawdie is allegedly visited by the Devil in the shape of a black dog with fiery eyes on three consecutive nights, speaking with the voice of a man, and making tempting offers. On the third night, Sawdie accepts an offer of eight pieces of eight, on the condition that he meet the Devil near the Bakes-Park-Gate by his master's house on the Lord's Day in the afternoon eight weeks hence, which is the evening before the next Fair. The Devil promises that if Sawdie keeps the meeting, he will be carried to the fair and have all his desires. (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Return of Prayer: or A Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie. London: 1664, 2

1663, June 29  Lawrack  Landrake with St Erney  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Apparitions

Thomas Sawdie allegedly wakes up the morning after his compact to find that the money the Devil gave him has vanished and that he is sick with a swelling in his stomach and belly that has robbed him of his appetite for meat. Over the next fortnight, the swelling spreads to include his neck and throat. The Devil tells him this is not a sickness at all, but "only to deceive the people, that they might not suspect any other thing by him." (2-3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Return of Prayer: or A Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie. London: 1664, 2-3

1663, July 2  Lawrack  Landrake with St Erney  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Apparitions

Thomas Sawdie allegedly demonstrates uncanny knowledge when a visitor (Anonymous 377) speaks to John Roberts about his furious frantic fits and advises binding him. Though there was no way Sawdie could have overheard the conversation, he angrily confronts Anonymous 377 about the binding when the man comes into the house to see him. Sawdie later claims that the Devil had described Anonymous 377 and the man's business with Roberts. (6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Return of Prayer: or A Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie. London: 1664, 6

1663, August  Lawrack  Landrake with St Erney  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Apparitions

The morning that John Roberts went to get the ministers' help, the Devil allegedly appeared to Thomas Sawdie and told the boy his master was gathering Black Rogues, describing each particularly, and makes Sawdie memorize false descriptions of their character. The Devil charges him to pay no heed to anything these Black Rogues say to him. (7-8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Return of Prayer: or A Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie. London: 1664, 7-8

1663, August  Lawrack  Landrake with St Erney  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Apparitions

Thomas Sawdie allegedly makes a confession following his dispossession, in which he claims that the Devil had exited his mouth in the form of a rat, which went into a fire in the same hedge Sawdie had tried to reach when bound in the field. The fire rose with the rat inside, and flew off into the sky over and past Saint Germans Town. (12-13)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Return of Prayer: or A Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie. London: 1664, 12-13

1663, August  Lawrack  Landrake with St Erney  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Apparitions

The night immediately after the day of prayer, Thomas Sawdie allegedly fell into a dead sleep while three people watched over him; the watchers claimed to hear strange noises in the night, as if horses were running furiously in the courtyard, and as if the doors were latching and unlatching. In his confession, Sawdie claimed that he was not asleep at all that night, but rather "saw all the Chamber, and all the World (as he thought) in a flame about him," and that once the Devil had come to the top of the stairs, held up his fist and threatened that he would tear Sawdie into a thousand pieces if he had the power to. (11, 13)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Return of Prayer: or A Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie. London: 1664, 11, 13

1663, August  Lawrack  Landrake with St Erney  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Apparitions

Richard Dugdale allegedly saw "an Apparition of the Devil pointing at something which the said Richard had lately done," leading Mr. Jolly to assume that Richard Dugdale had formed some sort of malefic compact with the Devil. (3)

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

1688  Lancaster  Lancaster  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

Elizabeth Chandler, during her examination before Justices Robert Bernard and Nicholas Pedley, alleges that she is a victim, not a witch. She claims that she has been visited numerous times by a spirit in the night, which makes a roaring and a puffing, and leaves her sore at the bottom of her belly. Chandler adds that "she did never willingly invoke or imploy the same, but hath prayed to God to deliver her therfrom." (7-8)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 7-8

1646, April 7    Keiston  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Elizabeth Chandler alleges during her examination that she had a falling out with Mary Darnell, during which Darnell turned her into a duck. She claims that her visitations from the roaring apparition began about six months later. (8)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 8

1646, April 7    Keiston  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Ellen Shepheard is examined before Justice Robert Bernard and Nicholas Pedley, in which she alleges that she was first visited by a spirit five years ago. She claims that she was swearing and cursing about the way her children had been fighting, and that a spirit appeared to her in the shape of a small, iron-grey rat. This rat-spirit demanded she come with it, but she sent it away saying "I will not, avoid Satan." (9)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 9

1641    Molesworth  Cambridgeshire  Cambridgeshire  England 
Apparitions

Thomas Becke and Joseph Coysh give deposition before Justice Nicholas Pedley alleging that they heard Anne Desborogh confess to having been visited by a mouse-spirit 30 years before, while living in Tichmarch. The mouse-spirit, which was brown and slightly larger than a real mouse, came to her while she was asleep, and nipped her on her breast to wake her. It then demanded she give it part of her soul. Desborough was terrified by this and prayed to God, which caused the mouse-spirit to leave. (10)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 10

1616    Titchmarsh  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Apparitions

A young man (Anonymous 407) "in a Bravado, and Defiance of the Devil," walks at night in a churchyard, where alleged the Devil greeted him "in the shape of a Black Dog with terrible Eyes." This brings such terror to the young man, "that he was never quiet in his Mind till he got into good Society." (153)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 153

1691  Coln  Colne  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Apparitions

A young man (Anonymous 407) who in "Defiance of the Devil," walked at night in a graveyard, and had the Devil appear to him in the shape of a "Black Dog with terrible Eyes," goes to stay with Mr. Shepherd and Mr. Harlakenden in Colne. When the young man prays, "the Black Dog was seen by the Man as if he would have tone Mr. Harlakenden's Throat out." However, the young man feared not while praying. He "continued long in this condition," which "proved [him] a most ferious Christian," although the Devil changed his form "as a Fly or a Flea, and various shapes." (153)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 153

1691  Coln  Colne  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Apparitions

Upon the death of a young man (Anonymous 407) who "in Defiance of the Devil," walked a churchyard at night, and was plagued by apparitions of the Devil for the rest of his life in the shape of "a Black Dog with terrible Eyes," or "as a Fly or a Flea and various shapes," he has "Victory over the fear of Death." This is because "this Dog or Flea made no impression upon him," such was his desire "to be dissolved." (153)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 153

1691  Coln  Colne  Lancashire  Lancashire  England 
Apparitions

Dr. Lamb, allegedly a conjurer who was eventually "killed by the Mob," invites Sir Miles Sands and Mr. Barbor to a "Mornings Draught at his House." There, he told them "if they would hold their Tongues and their Hands from medling with any thing," he would demonstrate "some sport." Drawing on his "Practice," Dr. Lamb makes a tree spring up "in the middle of the Room," and "soon after appeared three little Fellows, with Axes on their Shoulders, and Baskets in their Hands, who presently fell to work, cut down the Tree, and carried all away." (155-156)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 155-156

1640  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Apparitions

The servant of Mr. Philip Furze, one Francis Fey from the county of Devon, had appear "unto him, the resemblance of an Aged Gentleman, like his masters Father," in a field near his master's house. The resemblance had "a Pole or Staff in his hand, resembling that he was wont to carry when living, to kill the moles withal." The specter approached Francis Fey, and "bid him not be afraid of him, but tell his Master (who was his Son) that several Legacies which by his Testament he had bequeathed were unpaid." The specter further named two persons who each should receive ten shillings, but the young man replied that "the party he last named was dead, and so it could not be paid to him." The Ghost then desired the money be paid to the next relation of that person. Finally, the specter ordered Francis Fey to deliver twenty shillings to a gentleman, sister of the deceased, and promised that "if these things were performed to trouble him no further. The specter spoke of his second wife as a "wicked woman," though she was generally esteemed to be "a very good woman." Having had this conversation with Francis Fey, the specter left. (177 - 178)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 177 - 178

1682, November  Spraiton  Spraiton  Devon  Devon  England 
Apparitions

After the ghost of his master, Mr. Philip Furze's father appears to the young servant Francis Fey, asking him to fulfill "several Legacies" that had been left unpaid after the death of the ghost, Francis Fey "according to the direction of the Spirit took care to see the small Legacies satisfied." However, the ghost's last request was to carry twenty shillings to "a Gentlewoman, Sister to the deceased,"(Anonymous 412) and she "utterly refused to receive it," as she believed it was sent her "from the Devil." Staying the night at her house, Francis Fey sees the specter again, "whereupon the young man challenged his promise, not to trouble him any more, saying he had performed all according to his appointment," but that the gentlewoman would not take the money. The specter then directed "the young man ride to Totness, and buy for her a Ring of that value," which he believed she would accept. This proved true, and she received the ring. The specter after this, "hath seemed to be at rest, having never given the young man any further trouble." (179)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 179

1682, November  Totness  Totnes  Devon  Devon  England 
Apparitions

While returning from Totnes to his master's house in Spreyton, Francis Fey, a servant, along with the servant of a gentlewoman (Anonymous 413), had appear to him "upon the horse behind the young man, the resemblance of the second wife of the old Gentleman," who was the spectre of his master, Mr. Philip Furze's father. This "Daemon" threw the young man off his horse, "and cast him with such violence to the ground," that "the ground resounding with great noise, by reason of the incredible force," to the astonishment of the servant of the gentlewoman (Anonymous 413). The horse is also capable of leaping "one spring 25 foot," despite being "very poor, & out of case." (180)

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 180

1628  Spraiton  Spraiton  Devon  Devon  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

James Device alleges during his examination that, about a month ago, he was walking toward his mother's home at sunset and met a brown dog coming from his grandmother's house. About two or three nights later, he heard "a voyce of a great number of Children screiking and crying pittifully" coming from his grandmother's home when he reached the same place where he had met the dog. The next five nights, also at sunset, he would hear "a foule yelling like vnto a great number of Cattes: but what they were, this Examinate cannot tell." (C2)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, C2

1612, March    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Apparitions

James Device alleges during his deposition that one night last month, a thing (Anonymous 178) came into his bedroom around midnight and lay heavily on him for about an hour. The spirit then left out the window. All he could see of it was that it was black and about the size of a hare or cat. (C2)

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, C2

1612, March    The Forest of Pendle  Lancashire  Lancaster  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

Joan Caridan, alias Argoll, is examined on September 25, 1645. She alleges that, nine months before, she was visited in the night by a "rugged soft thing" that lay on her breast, and that when she thrust it off her, she felt as though God had forsaken her. Caridan claims that this incident left her unable to pray as well as she had before. She thinks the thing was alive. (2-3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Examination, Confession, Trial, and Execution, of Joane Williford, Joan Cariden, and Jane Hott. London: 1645, 2-3

1645, September 25  Faversham  Feversham  Kent  Kent  England 
Apparitions

William Spicer allegedly suffers from strange and violent fits over the course of a fortnight. During these fits, he claimed to see Anonymous 8 "against the Wall in the same Room of the House where he was, and that sometimes she did knock her Fist at him; sometimes grin her Teeth, and sometimes laugh at him." He displays such strength while afflicted that three or four men are needed to hold him. After he drinks small beer, he frequently vomits pins; over thirty pins are counted by the time his fits cease. (1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 1

1689  Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
Apparitions

Mary Hill allegedly has another day of violent fits following the first, in which she again sees an apparition of Anonymous 8. This time, she recognizes the old woman, and accuses her of being "the Person that had bewitcht her." (1-2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 1-2

1689, July  Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
Apparitions

A month after Jane Throckmorton begins to have fits, she is joined in them by her sisters Elizabeth and Mary. All three begin to cry out against Mother Alice Samuel, "take her away, looke where shee standeth here before us in a blacke thrumbd Cap, (which kind of Cap indeed shee did usually weare, but shee was not then present) it is shee (saide they) that hath bewitched us, and shee will kill us if you doe not take her away." Robert and Mistress Throckmorton begin to suspect that their children are indeed bewitched. (5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 5-6

1689, December 10  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Grace Throckmorton, the youngest of the Throckmorton girls, begins to have fits a few weeks after Elizabeth and Mary. She, too, cries out against Mother Alice Samuel while in the throes of her affliction. (5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 5-6

1689, December  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Joan Throckmorton, the eldest daughter, is afflicted with fits soon after Grace, and proves to be "worse handled indeede than any of the other Sisters were, for shee hauing more strength than they, and striuing more with the Spirite than the rest." She is allegedly made to sneeze, screech, groan, heave her belly, and bounce violently until onlookers feared injury to herself and damage to the furniture. She joins her sisters in crying out against Mother Alice Samuel. (6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 6

1689, December  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Elizabeth Throckmorton experiences fits in which she gasps and gapes, claiming that the spirit possessing her is coming and going with her breaths; she also claps her hands to her mouth while claiming that Mother Alice Samuel is trying to force mice, cats, frogs and toads into it. At one time, she cries out "away with your mouse mother Samuel, I wil none of your mouse" and imagines that she has one in her belly. (15-16)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 15-16

1590, February 16    Titchmarsh  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Apparitions

Elizabeth Throckmorton has fit in which she claims to see Mother Alice Samuel standing before her, wearing a white sheet and with a black child sitting on her shoulders. She is heard to say "looke where shee is, looke where shee is, away with your Childe mother Samuell I will none of your Childe, trembling every ioint, and sweating marvellously, calling upon her Uncle master Pickering and others to save her from mother Samuels Childe, and wich such lamentable speeches because no body would helpe her." When the fit ends, her teeth are set and her speech is taken from her. Though she gestures that she is hungry and thirsty, she can only drink milk through a quill. (22-23)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 22-23

1590, August 31    Titchmarsh  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

A spirit in the form of a dun chicken allegedly begins to appear to the Throckmorton girls regularly, starting with their uncle Henry Pickering's visit. This spirit claims to have been sent by Mother Alice Samuel to torment and vex them, and tells them "many things concerning mother Samuell, insomuch that she coulde doo almost nothing at home for a great time, but the spirit woulde disclose." (33-34)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 33-34

1590, December 25  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

The Throckmorton children claim to see a thing sitting with them and demand whether Mother Alice Samuel can see it to, telling her that it is marvellous that she cannot since she sent it. The tell their father that Mother Samuel is only pretending not to see it. (42-44)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 42-44

1592, December  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

The Throckmorton children claim that their spirits told them that if Robert Throckmorton went to John Samuel's home, his daughter Agnes Samuel would hide to avoid being questioned about their possession. Throckmorton decides to go test this. When she hears him coming to the door, Agnes hides in the room above the parlor and piles sacks and tubs over the trap door. John waits until Throckmorton has been knocking for some time before answering the door, and claims that Agnes is not home and he does not know where she has gone to. Throckmorton calls for her three or for times, demanding that she answer, searching the house. When he comes to the trapdoor and finds it stuck, he threatens to break it down. At this, Agnes finally answers that she is there. Satisfied, Throckmorton leaves, chiding John for lying. (45-47)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 45-47

1592, December  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Joan Throckmorton, the eldest daughter, allegedly has fits in which she complains about pain in her legs, which grow so severe she cannot walk or sit. She is heard talking familiarly with the spirit that comes to her, "demanding of it from whence it came, and what newes it brought, speaking very disdainfully to it." It is said to reply that she "should have verie extreame fits hereafter, and be worse handled than euer she was : saying that shee should now haue her fits, being in perfect memory, and hauing al her senses." (64-65)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 64-65

1593, February 9  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Joan Throckmorton allegedly suffers a fit in which she bleeds profusely from her nose and talks to herself. After a while, a spirit seems to come to her; she describes it tumbling like a football. When she asks its name, she claims to hear it call itself Blew. As they converse, she repeats all of Blew's words back to itself (65-66)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 65-66

1593, February 10  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Joan Throckmorton falls into the fit the spirit Blew allegedly warned her of, claiming that "she was marvellous sicke and full of paine" for half an hour. She claims that Blew has told her she will be worse handled than this in the future, and when she asks why she is being punished more than her sisters, it supposedly replies "because she told tales of their dame: who is your dame (saith she?) he answered Nan Samuell." Blew is then said to demand to know when the spirit Smack was with her, and she claims in turn to know no such being. (66-68)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 66-68

1593, February 10  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Joan Throckmorton has a tormenting fit and then a senseless fit; in the middle, she groans and says "whence come you M. Smacke, and what newes do you bring?" The spirit allegedly claims to have been fighting with Pluck in "his old dames backhouse, which is an old house standing in mother Samuels yarde." Smack claims he will return again on Wednesday night; when he departs, Pluck takes his place. While they converse, Joan claims not to know Smack. (69)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 69

1593, February 11  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

During her fits, Joan claims to be visited by the spirit Catch, who tells her Pluck has broken his leg. She tries to break Catch's leg, but falls; he departs after numerous more attempts to do him injury. (69-70)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 69-70

1593, February 12  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Joan Throckmorton has a fit on Tuesday in which the spirit Blew allegedly visits her; he has an arm in a sling and claims to have been fighting with Smack. Blew says he and the other spirits will all fall on Smack one day and be even with him. (70-71)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 70-71

1593, February 13  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Joan Throckmorton is allegedly visited by the spirit Smack on Wednesday, as he promised on Sunday. They discuss his fighting with the other spirits, and Joan tells him their plan to mob him. Smack says he can take two of them all by himself, and the other two will be handled by a spirit he calls Hardname, "for his name standeth upon eight letters, and euery letter standeth for a word, but what his name is we know not." He also claims the other two Smacks, which Mother Alice Samuel described in her confession, will help him. (71-72)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 71-72

1593, February 14  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

The spirit Smack allegedly attempts to win Joan Throckmorton's favour by "making very faire promises to her that he would do any thing for her, if she would love him." She denies him continually, though she is intrigued by his suggestion that she scratch Agnes Samuel. She finally says to him "You have told me many times that I should scratch Agnes Samuell, tell me now, when shall I scratch her?" He tells her to scratch her before the next Assizes, so that she stands before the judge with a scratched face. Joan agrees to this. In return, Smack promises she will have no more fits after the Assizes, and that if she does, "wo be to Agnes Samuell, for I will bring her to her end." (72-73)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 72-73

1593, February 15  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Joan Throckmorton allegedly recieves another visit from the spirit Smack, in which he claims to have been fighting with Pluck and Catch alongside one of the other Smacks, and to have "beaten them both very much, so that they dare not come to her any more." Smack then advises her to wait a while longer before scratching Agnes Samuel, so that she does not have time to heal before the Assizes. He also accuses Agnes of "cosenting to the death of the Lady Crumwel." Smack tells her that, "to proue this to be true, whensoever any stranger shall come into the house, you shall fall into your fitte, and if then Agnes Samuell shall come unto you and say, As I am a Witch, and consenting to the death of Ladie Crumwell, so I charge thee to depart and to let her come foorth of her fit, you shall presently well." He also promises that she will have numerous fits on the Assizes day, but that Agnes Samuel will be made to pay. (73-74)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 73-74

1593, February 20  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Joan Throckmorton is visited by the spirit Smack, who claims that she "shall haue no moe fits untill this day seuen-night, if you will arise betimes to morrow morning, otherwise if you do not, you shall haue your fit in the monring, which shall continue all the day to your trouble." He says that Agnes Samuel bid him to ensure she had no more for that span, and adds that "you shal haue no mo fits this weeke, except some strangers come" so that she can shame Agnes in front of those strangers. (74-75)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 74-75

1593, February 23  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Mary allegedly converses with the spirit Smack the day after severely scratching Agnes Samuel's face. Smack claims that he never lied to Joan, and he will not lie to her either. Mary tells her sisters that he promised she will emerge from her fit after dinner and never have another because she had scratched Agnes. (78)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 78

1593, March 2  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Joan Throckmorton has another fit in which she allegedly converses with the spirit Catch, the day after her sister Mary scratches Agnes Samuel. She claims, telling her sisters of the conversation, that Catch told her "You were sick in deed the last time I was here, but now you shal be much worse." Catch also begs her not to let Smack know he was there, but that he was cursing her with this sickness because he did not dare go after Smack directly. However, if she were to go visit an uncle in Sommersom, she would escape this illness. Smack would come to her again that night after dinner. ] (78-80)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 78-80

1593, March 2  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Joan Throckmorton has another fit in which she allegedly converses with the spirit Smack, and he blames her for her most recent torments for not taking his advice about going to visit relatives. She replies "I will not once stur my foote out of doores for your pleasure, for I know you would kill me if you could, and you use all the meanes you can both to kill me and my Sisters." (89-90)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 89-90

1593, March 19  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Joan Throckmorton allegedly asks the spirit Smack for more guidance on when she should scratch Agnes Samuel, for "you have often times tolde me, that I should scratch the younge witch, before the Assises, now tell me when shall it be? For I would faine scratch her, I cannot abide her now of late, whatsoever the matter is, I thinke God hath set my hart against her, for I cannot eate my meate, if she standeth before me." She says she will keep her nails unpared, so she can scratch one side of Agnes herself and leave the other "for mine Aunte Pickering, this her Aunte is wife to M. Iohn Pickering of Ellington in the countie of Huntington, who was one of the twelve, that were bewitched, and hath beene most grieuously tormented with paine and breaking out in her legges, as that she is not able to goe." (89-90)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 89-90

1593, March 19  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Smack allegedly tells Joan Throckmorton that "she must scratch her aswell as all her other Sisters had done and must doe, for there are yet two behind that must scratch her." He also claims that, by scratching Agnes Samuel, she and her sisters will prove to the doubters that Agnes is a witch. (89-90)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 89-90

1593, March 19  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Joan Throckmorton has a fit in which she demands Agnes Samuel come to hear what the spirit Smack has to say. Joan claims Smack is angry with Agnes and that she must say the words Joan gives her or Joan will remain in her fit. The words are "As I am a witch, and would have bewitched Mistris Ioan Throckmorton to death in her last weeke of great sicknesse, so I charge the spirite to depart and to suffer her to be well at this present." When Agnes does, Joan recovers, but soon goes back into a fit. Joan continues having Agnes repeat after her, forcing her to also say that she had bewitched Mistress Pickering of Ellington and that she bewitched the Throckmorton girls all over again after Mother Alice Samuel was imprisoned. Each statement causes Joan to recover briefly. (90-92)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 90-92

1593, March 25  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Joan Throckmorton informs Agnes Samuel that Smack says she must "must also start and struggle, and be payned in my body as well as my sister Iane is, whensoever you (speaking to the mayde) shall name God, or Jesus Christ, or any good worke, although I cannot heare you, yet he doth heare you, and he will make me start." (92-94)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 92-94

1593, March 25  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Robert Throckmorton, is among the witnesses who hears Joan Throckmorton allegedly relaying Smack's words and demands Agnes have Smack tell her where Joan will scratch her. Smack then tells Joan to scratch Agnes on her right cheek for herself, and on her left cheek for MIstress Pickering, and adds "do so, and the young witch were as good to take it patiently at the first, for you shall have your pennyworth of her before you have done." (92-94)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 92-94

1593, March 25  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Agnes Samuel is made to ask the spirit Smack whether Mother Alice Samuel would confess fully at the Assizes. Smack allegedly says that Mother Samuel will, as long as no-one gives her evil counsel, and will also confess that "this young witch her daughter, is a worse witch then her selfe, for sayd the spirite to Mistresse Ioane (which wordes she did in order repeate after the spirite) when the olde witch had bewitched the Lady Crumwell, and would have unwitched her again and could not, she put it to her husband, and badde him help her, and when he could not, he put it to this young witch his daughter, & when she could not helpe her neither, then she councelled her mother to kill her." To prove this, Smack predicts Joan Throckmorton will have fits every time a stranger comes to the house before the Assizes. (92-94)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 92-94

1593, March 25  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Smack allegedly tells Joan Throckmorton that she will emerge from her fits between that day and the assizes only at "three severall charges by the young witch: the first charge that she must use is, as she is a witch, and a worser witch then her mother in consenting to the death of the Lady Crumwell, so I charge the spirite to depart, and you shalbe well: the second is as she hath bewitched Mistresse Pickering of Ellington since her mother confessed: and the third is as she would have bewitched Mistresse Ioan Throckmorton to death, in her last weeke of great sicknesse, after which you shall be well." Agnes Samuel is made to do so right then and there, and Joan emerges from her fit. (92-94)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 92-94

1593, March 25  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Agnes Samuel is made to name all of Mother Alice Samuel's spirits. Smack allegedly answers for her through Joan Throckmorton, who claims that Mother Samuel has nine spirits: "three which were called by the name of Smackes, the 4. Plucke, the 5. Blew, the 6. Catch, the 7. White, the 8. Callico, the 9. Hardname." Smack adds that "Mistres Ioane Throckmorton had himselfe, who was the first of the Smackes, Mistresse Mary had his cozen Smacke, mistresse Elizabeth had his other cozen Smack, mistres Iane had Blew, Mistres Grace had White, and the old woman had Hardname still with her in the Iayle, and what was become of the rest he could not tell." Mother Samuel would feed them all daily with blood from her chin. (92-94)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 92-94

1593, March 25  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Joan Throckmorton asks Smack whether John Samuel is a witch, and Smack allegedly replies "he was a Witch & would be a worse then eyther this young witch is, or the olde witch her mother was, when they two are hanged, for then all the spirites will come to him, and he will doe more hurt then any have yet done, for saith the spirite, he hath alreadie bewitched a man and a woman." Joan then asks who it was John had bewitched, and Smack refuses to say anything until Agnes Samuel has left the room. Agnes is taken out and watched to make sure she cannon eavesdrop. Smack then says it is John Samuel's neighbors Chappel and Mistress Chappel. Chappel is known to have fits, and Mistress Chappel to be unable to stir. (94-95)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 94-95

1593, March 25  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Smack allegedly says, through Joan Throckmorton, that Chappel should beat John Samuel to end his bewitchment. The spirit claims Samuel once asked him to break Chappel's neck in a fall; Smack "caused on the suddaine both his Pattins to be broken, and if he had fallen on the stones as he fell in the myre, he had beene maymed." Joan claims this information is new to her. When asked, Chappel "confessed that he had once such a fall, as he met with old Samuell in the streetes, and both his Pattins were broken at one instant, and because he would not fall upn the causie (for it was but narrow) into the myre, wherin he was marveilously foyled, and if an other neighbor had not beene with him, he had beene in greater danger." (94-95)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 94-95

1593, March 25  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Smack allegedly tells Joan Throckmorton that she must pare her fingernails after scratching Agnes Samuel, because "the young witches blood will sticke on your nayles, and you must burne her blood, least you be worse afterwardes." Joan then tells Agnes to say the words to bring her out of her fit and banish Smack so she can go to bed. (96)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 96

1593, March 25  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Jane Throckmorton has a fit at the dinner table and claims to see a thing sitting on the table before her. She and this thing talk about Agnes Samuel, and then she falls into a "very extreame fit, bowing and bending of her body, as if shee would have broken her backe, shaking of her hands, as that she could not hold her knife steedfast & many times, it would thrust it against her arme." (100-102)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 100-102

1593, March 15  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Jane Throckmorton's fit ends and she rises from the table. She walks to where Agnes is seated, and casts a "marveilous heavie, and discontented to looke tothe maide." When Agnes asks how she fares, Jane replies "worse for you, you young witch" and turns away with a look of loathing. Jane then refuses to talk to her any further, saying that she cannot stand the sight or sound of her. Agnes is pressed by the company to ask Jane what the matter is, and Jane finally says "the spirit saith that she must scratch her." Jane's mouth is then shut so she cannot speak any further, and the child begins to weep angrily while looking yearningly at Agnes "as if the evill spirit had bene whetting and kindling her furie against the maide." (100-102)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 100-102

1593, March 15  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Agnes Samuel is made to ask Jane Throckmorton, who is in the throes of a fit and unable to speak, when the spirit has told Jane that she is supposed to scratch her. Jane answers by signing that she should scratch Agnes as soon as the post-meal grace has been said, and that it will be on her right hand, which was opposite to the hand Elizabeth had scratched the week before. At this, Robert Throckmorton sends for Dr. Dorington and the neighbors to come as witnesses. (100-102)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 100-102

1593, March 15  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Robert Throckmorton announces Dr. Dorington and the assembled neighbors that they have been brought to the Throckmorton house to witness Jane Throckmorton scratch Agnes Samuel. Jane is "marveilous pensive, and heavie, weeping very pitifully, yet often fiercely starting out of the place where she sat, towards the maide" while everyone is arriving. As soon as one of her sisters begins the grace, Jane "fell upon the maide with such feircenesse, & rage as if she would have pulled the flesh of her hand from the bones, yet was she scarcely able to race y skin, sayinge to the maide that the spirit that standeth thereby her telleth her, that Pluck holdeth her hart & her hand (meaning the maides) and will not suffer the bloud to come." Jane continues until she is wearied by the scratching. Dr. Dorington leads the assembled company in prayer, and Jane begins to cry, claiming "I would not scratch you, but the spirit compelleth me, saying that I must scratch you, as well as my other sisters have done, & as my sister Ioan also must doe before the Assises." (100-102)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 100-102

1593, March 15  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Jane has a fit in which she claims she is being visited by a spirit that tells her she will now see and hear things about Agnes Samuel she could not before. Agnes is called for, and Jane informs her that "the thing telleth her, that now she must start as wel as her sister Ioan both whensoever she nameth God that she must not come foorth of her fite, this weeke nor the next, and peradventure never, until one of these three things come to passe, which are, either your father (speaking unto y maid) must come & speak these words to me, cue as he is a witch, & hath consented to the death of the La. Crumwell: or you must confesse that you are a witch, & have bewitched me & my sisters: or el you must be hanged." (103-104)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 103-104

1593, March 18  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Agnes Samuel is made to ask Jane Throckmorton if she will come out of her fit whenever and wherever John Samuel spoke the words Jane gives him. Jane allegedly consults with the spirit and relays that this is the case. Jane then claims the spirit has left her. (103-104)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 103-104

1593, March 18  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

Jane Throckmorton has a series of fits in which she alternately shuns company and plays merrily with her sisters. She claims, while in these fits, to see clothes and jewelry hanging in the air, but not the people wearing them. Her mouth will also shut repeatedly during meals, and Agnes Samuel must hold a knife between her lips before it will open again. (103-104)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 103-104

1593, March 18  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

John Darrell claims that, by commission of the Archbishop of York, the depositions of 17 witnesses supporting Sommers' possession were sent to 12 notable persons near Nottingham, and that the names of 60 more witnesses willing to give deposition were taken. They allegedly witnessed Sommers' fits of bodily contortion, pinpricks in his limbs, and senselessness. They also witnessed a large black dog sniffing about his head while he was in a fit, the same black dog that supposedly spoke to Sommers and brought him a bag of gold. Darrell also lists several preachers who second his story, including George More. He adds that they have been rebuked for it, and their petitions to have the allegations and depositions circulated have been ignored. (4-5)

Appears in:
Darrel, John. A Brief Apologie Prouing the Possession of William Sommers. Middleburg: 1599, 4-5

1599  Ashbie de la zouche  Ashbie de la zouche  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

Doll Barthram allegedly sends a third and final toad to torment Joan Jorden. Jorden, having been advised to burn this one herself, picks it up and carries it out of her chamber, but falls down the stairs along the way and is knocked unconscious. Her employer, Symon Fox, takes the toad and puts it in the fire on her behalf. When it begins to burn, a flame appears at the foot of the stairs, and burns so fiercely it seems to threaten the house, but causes no damage. (92-93)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 92-93

1599  Stradbrook  Stradebroke  Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
Apparitions

The spirit Gyles also allegedly appears to Joan Jorden in the shape of "a thick darke substance about a foote high; like to a sugar lofe, white on the top." He speaks in an audible voice, witnessed by numerous people who hear both Gyles and Joan speaking at the same time and become convinced it is not counterfeited. These witnesses include John Sheereman and Symon Fox. (94)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 94

1599, June 9  Stradbrook  Stradebroke  Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
Apparitions

The spirit Gyles also allegedly appears to Joan Jorden in the shape of "a thick darke substance about a foote high; like to a sugar lofe, white on the top." He speaks in an audible voice, witnessed by numerous people who hear both Gyles and Joan speaking at the same time and become convinced it is not counterfeited. These witnesses include John Sheereman and Symon Fox. (94)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 94

1599, June 9  Stradbrook  Stradebroke  Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
Apparitions

The spirit Gyles allegedly answers onlookers' questions. He claims that he comes for Joan Jorden's life, that he will kill her the next day, and that fellow familiar J. will tear her to pieces. He adds that he will take Jorden's soul, in addition to her life. When John Sheereman tells him he shall not have Jorden's life, Gyles says he will have Sheereman's instead. (94-95)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 94-95

1599, June  Stradbrook  Stradebroke  Suffolk  Suffolk  England 
Apparitions

Thomas Lipeat is visited by a vision of a ball of fire (Anonymous 22), which speaks to him. This ball of fire had "great streams of light" streaming forth from it, and it tells Thomas Lipeat that "The peace of him is at hand." This apparition visits Lipeat on several more occasions, repeating the same words, eventually adding "The Deceiver of Nations was gone forth, and had deceived many; but now the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be preached; then the Deceiver of Nations shall deceive them no more." However, upon praying, Thomas Lipeat pleads with God "that the Truth might appear," and found through prayer that this vision was "from the Divell." The apparition counsels Lipeat to speak with John Mowlin. (4 - 5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Divell in Kent. London: 1647, 4 - 5

1647, May  Old Sandwich  Old Sandwich  Kent  Kent  England 
Apparitions

Thomas Lipeat is visited by an apparition (Anonymous 22) "in a strange form." It asks Lipeat why he has not visited John Mowlin, who will baptize him. However, in the evening, Lipeat has a dream, that these apparitions deceive John Mowlin "in the shape of a man." The Lord reassures him in his dream that Lipeat can fight off the Devil who is behind these apparitions, and predicts that he will be offered money, but that Lipeat should not take it. (5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Divell in Kent. London: 1647, 5

1647, May 27  Old Sandwich  Old Sandwich  Kent  Kent  England 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apparitions

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 
Apprehension/Capture

The young girl, Mary Ellins, voids "stones by the urinary passages," for the space of "a month or two." This leads to "strong suspitions of Witchcraft" upon Catherine Huxley, who allegedly said to Mary Ellins the day the girl and her friends threw rocks at Huxley, calling her a witch, "Ellins, you shall have stones enough in your ---" Huxley is therefore "Apprehended, Examined and Searched." It is found that there are several stones at her bedhead, "such as the said Mary voided." (45)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 45

1652, July    Evesham  Worcestershire  Worcester  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Elizabeth Ewstace is interrogated in prison by Brian Darcey; she denies participating in a malefic conspiracy with Alice Manfield, noting that their only business has been when she buys ointment from Manfield to treat her lameness. (79)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 79

1582, February    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Joan Cunny confesses to sending her familiars to hurt Master Kitchin, the town Minister, but they were not able to because of his strong religious faith. (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 2

1589, March    Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

Hellen Jenkenson is apprehended from her home in Thrapston by Sir Thomas Brook for allegedly bewitching a child to death and committed to Northampton Gaol. She is suspected of the child's murder due to a reputation for living an evil life, and suspicion that she had bewitched cattle and caused other mischiefs in the past. (D2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, D2

1611, May 11  Thrapston  Thrapston  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Elizabeth Stile is apprehended in Windsor in the county of Berkshire. (10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, 10

1579, January 28  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Mother Devell is apprehended in Windsor in the county of Berkshire. (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, 2

1579, February 26  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Mother Margaret is apprehended in Windsor in the County of Berkshire. (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, 2

1579, February 26  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Widow Perry and her sons (Anonymous 92 and Anonymous 93) are apprehended on the suspicion of robbing and murdering William Harrison. (6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Power of Witchcraft being a Most Strange but True Relation of the Most Miraculous and Wonderful Deliverance of One Mr. William Harrison. London: 1662, 6

1662  London  Cambden  London, Greater  London  England 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

Thomas Lindsay is apprehended on suspicion of being a witch. (25-26)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 25-26

1697, February  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Apprehension/Capture

Mary/Ann Foster is apprehended in connection to the damages to Joseph Weedon's livestock and property, and a Justice of the Peace orders her examined by a Jury of Women. They find her to have "five several strange and unusual excrescencies which appeared exactly like a Sows Teats, and seemed to be usually suckt by something." (5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Relation of the Most Remarkable Proceedings at the late Assizes at Northampton. London: 1674, 5

1674, August 18  Northamptonshire  Northampton  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

A woman (Anonymous 4) is captured in Newbury by the army and determined to be a witch. (6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Most Certain, Strange, and True Discovery of a Witch. Unknown: 1643, 6

1634  Newbury  Newbury  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

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

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

1606, August 4  Royston  Royston  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Alexander Anderson, Elizabeth Anderson, and Jean Fulton are apprehended and imprisoned for allegedly tormenting Christian Shaw. (23)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 23

1697, February 4  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

Ursley Kempe informs against Elizabeth Bennet which leads to her being apprehended. After this, Elizabeth Bennet is pressured to confess. She admits sending her familiars to plague her neighbour's cattle. ()

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582,

1582, February 22    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Master Enger goes to the field where Mary Sutton is tending hogs. He accuses her of having come to his home the night before, to visit Anonymous 89 by moonlight, but she denies it. Master Enger attempts to persuade her to come back to his home, where he claims Anonymous 89 is waiting to accept her proposition. She refuses, stating that "neyther had they authoritie to compell her to goe without a Constable." At this, Master Enger has her snatched and set unwilling on horseback. Though she fights back, she is eventually held down and made to stay on the horse. (B4v-C)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, B4v-C

1612    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Master Enger, the morning after discussing his plights with Anonymous 90, seeks out Mary Sutton in the fields in the company of several of his men. They question her and attempt to bind her to a horse, but the men are allegedly stricken lame. (C3)

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

1612, March    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

Christian suddenly takes flight so swiftly that no one can stop her. The witnesses claim her feet never touched the ground and she reached the gate at which point her family could catch up. Once they find her, she becomes stiff as a corps and must lay down to rest. Christian Shaw claims nine or ten people carried her away. (11)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 11

1697, January 11  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Apprehension/Capture

A woman (Anonymous 107), is immediately apprehended and jailed after being identified as a witch. The identification is based solely on the inarticulate rage of a little boy she had spooked, and who had thrown hot pottage into her face. (50)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 50

1649, May    Droitwich   Worcestershire  Worcester  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Alice Huson and Doll Bilby are apprehended as witches, at the behest of Henry Corbet. His daughter, Faith Corbet, had accused both women of bewitching her for over four years. (56-57)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 56-57

1644, April 25  Burton Agnes  Burton Agnes  Yorkshire  York  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Following the testimony given against her by her daughter (Anonymous 115), Anonymous 113 confesses, and is condemned and executed as a witch. (49)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 49

1660  Oxford  Oxford  Oxford  Oxfordshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

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) 
Apprehension/Capture

Elizabeth Clarke is watched for four nights as a witch, with up to ten people watching her.. On the fourth night her familiars as Holt, Jarmara, Vinegar Tom, Sack and Sugar, and Newes allegedly appear. (2)

Appears in:
Hopkins, Matthew. The Discovery of Witches. London: 1647, 2

1644, March  Manningtree  Manningtree  Essex  Essex  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Mary Barber is apprehended from her home in Stanwicke by Sir Thomas T[...]ham for allegedly bewitching a man to death, causing harm to cattle and other mischief. She is committed to Northampton Gaol. She is said to be rude, degenerate, licentious, malicious, envious, cruel, violent and to possess devilish desires. (D3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, D3

1611, May 6  Northamptonshire  Northampton  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

Richard Galis brings Mother Dutton before Mayor of Windsor Richard Redforth. When Redforth hears Gails' allegations against Dutton, he commends him to let her go without delay; Galis laments the "lack of better Magistrates to wed out such Malefactors. " (Image 4)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 4

1579  Clewer Village  Clewer  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Richard Galis, while MIstress Audrey, Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutton, and Mother Devell are held at Richard Handley's home, interrogates the women on their time in service to God; he demands they recite the Lord's Prayer, tests their belief, quizzes them on the Ten Commandments, and scornfully finds them wanting in all three. Pressed to explain why, the women claim they had never been taught, nor had they anyone to instruct them. Feeling guilty for his ill treatment of them, Gallis gives each a penny and a lecture, then permits them to go free. (Image 6)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 6

1579  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Richard Galis abducts Elizabeth Stile, alleging that she has bewitched him, and when she resists binds a rope "about her myddle, and layde the rope on [his] shoulder, wherewith forceably [he] pulled her out of her house, drawing her a long the streate" and forces her to come before Sir Henry Nevel. Cursing and foaming at the mouth, she manages to escape. (Image 11)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 11

1579  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

Joseph Weedon's neighbours suspicions are confirmed when Mary/Ann Foster comes to Joseph Weedon's barn fire, and "thereupon laying hands on this suspected witch," carry her before the next Justice of the Peace. (6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Full and True Relation of the Tryal, Condemnation, and Execution of Ann Foster. London: 1674, 6

1674    Eastcote  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Pigeon allegedly fetch two bailiffs (Anonymous 311 and Anonymous 312) to arrest the eldest son of Mr. Goodwin, Andrew Goodwin in his own home, "in the dead of the night." This is a "Divelish action" that the women were afraid to do in the light of day for fear of their neighbour's reactions. (21)

Appears in:
Vernon, Samuel . A Brief Relation of the Strange and Unnatural Practices of Wessel Goodwin. London: 1654, 21

1654  London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
Apprehension/Capture

Richard Galis abducts Mistress Audrey, Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutton and Mother Deveil, and delivers them to Robert Handley, who believed himself to be bewitched in his limbs. Galis forces the women to kneel before while Master Henry Bust, a Student of Physick, stands over them with a cudgel over their backs, threatening them harm should they lie. Galis demands that the women diagnose and cure Handley's bewitchment. They cannot tell what disease afflicts him, nor help him with it. Handley nevertheless recovers to his former health shortly thereafter. (Image 5-6)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 5-6

1579  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Richard Galis is taken into custody, manacled, and imprisoned in what he describes as "a dep dungion, into the which I was let vp and downe with a rope," and held without bail after abducting and falsely imprisoning Audrey the Mistresse, Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutton, and Mother Devell. He alleges that the four are directly responsible, and effected this imprisonment by using their familiars to incense the Mayor of Windsor against him. In the dark, deprived of human company or even a bed, he begins to mistrust himself and fears the possibility of dying while imprisoned. (Image 6)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 6

1579  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Richard Galis rounds up Mistress Audrey, Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutton and Mother Nelson and brings them before Sir Henry Nevel on the day Nevel had appointed for their examination. The four insist that Galis' accusations are contrary and malicious. Galis beseeches Nevel to have them examined in the Articles of the Christian Faith, which they fail. Rather than using this to charge the four for witchcraft, Nevel appoints Galis overseer of their religious education, and makes him responsible for ensuring they appear before the pulpit at Service. (Image 9)

Appears in:
Galis, Richard. A Brief Treatise Containing the Most Strange and Horrible Cruelty of Elizabeth Stile alias Rockingham and her Confederates. London: 1572, Image 9

1579  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Mother Dutton is apprehended in Windsor in the county of Berkshire. (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, 2

1579, February 26  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

Upon the discovery of the "popish cheat" developed by the Dawson and Tuit family through the confession of James Day, Patrick Dawson, his wife, James Tuit, and Joan Tuit are all "apprehended and bound over to the next Quarter Sessions" by Sir Humphrey Jervise. The old woman (Anonymous 358) and the priests (Anonymous 360 and Anonymous 361) are not discovered. (2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Detection of a Popish Cheat. Dublin: 1696, 2

1686, June  Dublin  St. Andrew's  Dublin  Dublin  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Justice John Geose takes testimony from several people regarding John Tonken's fits and the women who appeared to him and orders the arrest and imprisonment of Jane Noal and Betty Seeze on suspicion of witchcraft in connection to this case; they are due to appear at the next assizes. (6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A True Account of a Strange and Wonderful Relation of John Tonken, of Pensans in Cornwall. London: 1686, 6

1686  Pensans  Pensans  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
Apprehension/Capture

One of Joseph Cruttenden's servant girls (Anonymous 397) tells Joseph Cruttenden's wife "the former story of the Womans Discourse," wherein an old woman told the servant girl that "sad Calamities were coming upon her Master and Dame, their House should be Fired, and many other troubles befal them," and made the girl swear not to speak of what she had been told, or "the Devil would tear her to pieces." The old woman (Anonymous 398) is sent for, "Examined before Captain Collins, and Mr. Busbridge," as well as "searched and watched for 24 hours." The servant girl, however, cannot verify that the old woman apprehended is the same old woman she spoke to. The apprehended woman "was formerly suspected to be a Witch," and lived in Burwast. (56)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 56

1690  Brightling  Brightling  East Sussex  Sussex  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Agnes Brown and Joan Vaughan are apprehended by Sir William Saunders and brought to Northampton Gaol. (B4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, B4

1611  Guilsborough  Gilsborough  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Arthur Bill, Bill (Mother) and Bill (Father) are apprehended. The Justices and officers responsible for their capture allegedly decide to swim them to determine whether they are indeed witches. All three are bound thumb-to-toe and thrown into water; they are said to float. This is taken as confirmation of their guilt. (C2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, C2

1611  Raunds  Raundes  Northamptonshire  County of Northampton; Northants  England 
Apprehension/Capture

An old woman, named Elizabeth Carrier, was "Apprehended by a Warrant from a Justice of Peace," in relation to the the young girl, Mary Hill's alleged fits and vomiting of crooked pins. Elizabeth Carrier is convicted by "the Oaths of two Persons," and is "committed to the County Goal." (74-75)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 74-75

1691  Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
Apprehension/Capture

During Mary Hill's alleged fits where she vomits up crooked pins, she claims "there did appear to her an old Woman, Named Margery Coombes, and one Ann More." These two women are apprehended "by a Warrant from two Justices of the Peace," (Anonymous 404) and brought to a session "held at Brewton." There, they are "committed to the County Goal." (75)

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 75

1691  Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Joan, Margaret and Phillip Flower are apprehended around Christmas and imprisoned in Lincoln Gaol on suspicion of bewitching Henry Lord Rosse to death, causing the illnesses of Francis Lord Rosse and Lady Katherine, and Countess Manners' miscarriage. (D2-D2v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, D2-D2v

1618  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

Master Enger beats Mary Sutton senseless with a cudgel; she allegedly rendered his men lame when they came to apprehend her. The beating restores the mobility of his men. They bind her to Enger's horse and carry her off to Enger's home, shutting the mill gates behind them. (C3)

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

1612, March    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Mary Moore successfully appeals to the Justices at Berwick to have Dorothy Swinow apprehended after her husband, Colonel Swinow, dies. Swinow allegedly makes "such friends that it was a greater freedome to her then she had formerly from all other Lawes, and went at pleasure" while nominally in custody. (12-13)

Appears in:
Moore, Mary. Wonderfull Newes from the North. London: 1650, 12-13

1647, Spring    Berwick  Northumberland  Northumberland  England 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Apprehension/Capture

Gilbert Pickering joins Mistress Andley, Master Whittle and the rest of the company already at Mother Alice Samuel's home to persuade her to come with them back to the Throckmorton home. She refuses loudly and must be forced. Agnes Samuel and Cicely Burder are also forced to come, as the company suspects them of witchcraft as well. Though Agnes and Mother Samuel are kept separated, Mother Samuel makes an opportunity to tell Agnes to confess to nothing on the way to the house, and is overheard by Pickering. When confronted about it, she claims to have been instructing her daughter to go home to get her father his dinner. (7-8)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 7-8

1590, February 13  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

Robert Throckmorton goes to Dr. Dorington's home the day after Mother Alice Samuel's retraction, and tells him that he is determined not to let the matter die.They sent for her to come to the church, and when she arrives she proves to be "farther off from confessing anything that shee had sayd or done, then euer she was before." Throckmorton takes her by the hand and tells her that both she and her daughter Agnes Samuel should go with him to the Bishop of Lincoln. He sends for constables and has them prepare the women for their journey. (56-57)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 56-57

1592, December 26  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

John Samuel and Agnes Samuel come to Dr. Dorington's house, hearing that something is going on involving Mother Alice Samuel. Robert Throckmorton tells them that Mother Samuel has made another confession, and repeats what she told him about their involvement in her retraction. John Samuel denies this and calls Mother Samuel a foul name. He attempts to strike her, but is prevented by the crowd. Mother Samuel, seeing his fury, falls into a faint; Mistress Throckmorton calls for aquavitae for her. When Mother Samuel revives, Throckmorton has her and Agnes taken into custody and they accompany him to the Bishop of Lincoln. (57-58)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 57-58

1592, December 26  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Apprehension/Capture

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 
Bewitchment

Mr. Radcliffe alleges in his deposition that the evening after Agnes Radcliffe and Elizabeth Sawyer fought, Agnes fell sick and "was extraordinarily vexed, and in a most strange manner in her sicknesse was tormented." She died about four days later, foaming at the mouth and distempered. Radcliffe claims that Agnes, on her deathbed, said to him, "if shee did die at that time shee would verily take it on her death, that Elizabeth Sawyer her neighbour, whose Sowe with a washing-Beetle she had stricken, and so for that cause her malice being great, was the occasion of her death." (B2-B3)

Appears in:
Goodcole, Henry. The Wonderful Discovery of Elizabeth Sawyer a Witch Late of Edmonton. London: 1621, B2-B3

1621  London  Edmonton  London, Greater  Middlesex  England 
Bewitchment

Aubrey Grinset confesses to murdering John Collet of Cookly and Henry Winson of Walpoole through bewitchment. (19)

Appears in:
Petto, Samuel. A Faithful Narrative of the Wonderful and Extraordinary Fits . London: 1693, 19

1665, November    Dunwich  Suffolk  Cookly  England 
Bewitchment

Ursley Kempe allegedly bewitches Grace Thurlowe's infant, causing the child to fall out of her cradle and break its neck. Kempe later confessed to this crime, claiming that she had sent her familiar Tyffin to hide in the cradle and rock it, jostling the infant, causing it to fall out and break its neck. (Av-A2)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, Av-A2

1581    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

Mother Staunton allegedly came to William Corner's home and demanded various things, including a piece of leather, from Mrs. Corner, which Mrs. Corner denied her. Staunton then demanded to know how many children she had, to which Mrs. Corner replied that she had one. The child soon suffered from sweating and chills, and started shrieking and staring and wringing and writhing until it was thought the child must surely die of it. (12)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 12

1579  Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

Mother Nokes allegedly bewitches the limbs of two servants in the service of Thomas Spycer, Anonymous 58 and Anonymous 366. Anonymous 58 had snatched a pair of gloves from Mother Nokes' daughter, to which Nokes said "I will bounce him well enough," causing his limbs to give out. Anonymous 366 was afflicted when Anonymous 58 sent him to return the gloves on his behalf . Mother Nokes afflicted the boy's limbs are so badly afflicted that Thomas Spycer had to have him brought home in a wheelbarrow, and he was unable to move from his bed for eight days. (15-16)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 15-16

1579    Lambert, Lambert End, Lambourne  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

Ursley Kempe confesses to sending her familiar Tyttey to plague Thorlowe's wife [Grace Thurlowe] by hurting her knee. (23-24)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 23-24

1582    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Elizabeth Bennet is accused of bewitching William and Joan Byet and three of his livestock, all of which died. She also confesses to bewitching William Willes' wife and William Willinga[...]e. (102)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 102

1582    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

Annis Glascocke is accused of having bewitched Martha Stevens, Charity Page, and the Page's child (or ward) to death. (102)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 102

1582    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

Margaret Grevell is accused by John Carter of bewitching a brew and halting beer production in her town. (73-79 )

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 73-79

1582    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

Elizabeth Ewstace allegedly threatens Felice Okey's husband, leaving him bewitched for a short while with scratches on his face, and no ability to see, hear, or speak. (76)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 76

1582    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Hellen Jenkenson is apprehended from her home in Thrapston by Sir Thomas Brook for allegedly bewitching a child to death and committed to Northampton Gaol. She is suspected of the child's murder due to a reputation for living an evil life, and suspicion that she had bewitched cattle and caused other mischiefs in the past. (D2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, D2

1611, May 11  Thrapston  Thrapston  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Bewitchment

Countess Manners hears numerous accusations against the Flower women. Joan Flowers, the mother, is said to be "a monstrous malicious woman, full of oathes, curses, and imprecations irreligious, and for any thing they saw by her, a plaine Atheist; besides of late dayes her very countenance was estranged, her eyes were fiery and hollow, her speech fell and enuious, her de[m]eanour strange and exoticke, and her conuersation sequestred; so that the whole course of her life gaue great suspition that she was a notorious Witch, yea some of her neighbours dared to affirme that shee dealt with familiar spirits, and terrified them all with curses and threatning of reuenge, if there were neuer so little cause of displeasure and vnkindnesse." (C2-C4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, C2-C4

1618  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Bewitchment

Countess Manners hears numerous accusations against the Flower women. Phillip Flower, one of the daughters, is said to rob the Lady and maintain debauched and base company. Phillip is also accused of being "lewdly transported with the loue of one Th: Simpson" and to have bewitched Thomas so that "hee had no power to lea[v]e her, and was as hee supposed maruellously altred both in m[in]de and body." (C2-C4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, C2-C4

1618  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Bewitchment

Annis Letherdall accuses Ursley Kempe of bewitching her daughter, Elizabeth Letherdall. Kempe had sent her own son, Thomas Rabbet to Letherdall's home to request some scouring sand, and offered to dye some hose in return. Letherdall refused and sent Kempe's son away empty handed. Upon witnessing Letherdall's daughter Elizabeth carry some sand to another neighbor, Kempe cursed the girl in revenge, causing her belly and private parts to swell. (5)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 5

1581    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

Mr. Wayneman gives deposition alleging that Dr. John Lambe claimed to be able to "doe strange things, as intoxicate, poyson, and bewitch any man so as they should be disabled from begetting of children." Lambe also claimed to have four spirits bound to his crystal ball, of which Benias was chief. (6-7)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Briefe Description of the Notorious Life of John Lambe. Amsterdam: 1628, 6-7

1627  Worcester  Worcester  Worcestershire  Worcestershire  England 
Bewitchment

Henry Lord Rosse allegedly sickens strangely and dies. Joan, Margaret, and Phillip Flowers are suspected of bewitching him to death. (Dv-D2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, Dv-D2

1615  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Bewitchment

Cysley Sellis allegedly bewitches Thomas Death's child (Anonymous 207) to death. (100)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 100

1582    Little Clacton  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Mr. Farmer and Mrs. Farmer both give deposition alleging that, on the advice of their neighbours, they went to a Dr. Bourn to cure their bewitched daughter, Mary Farmer. Dr. Bourn told them that their daughter was "under an ill tongue." Dr. Bourn gave them instructions on how to determine who had bewitched Mary. First, they must save some of her urine, then stop it up in a bottle, bury it, and burn the her clothes. This would evidently draw the witch who was hurting Mary to the house. (1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. An Account of the Tryal and Examination of Joan Buts, for being a Common Witch and Inchantress. London: 1682, 1

1682, March 27  Yowel  Yowel  Surrey  Surrey  England 
Bewitchment

Jane Kent is indicted at the Old Bailey for witchcraft and other diabolical arts, in which she is accused by Mr. Chamblet of allegedly bewitching his swine, wife Mrs. Chamblet, and daughter Elizabeth Chamblet. Mr. Chamblet blames Kent for Elizabeth Chamblet's death. (3-4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Full and True Account of the Proceedings at the Sessions of Oyer and Terminer. London: 1682, 3-4

1682, June 1  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Bewitchment

Thomas Spatchet allegedly receives a ten-day respite from his fits due to the prayers of people who sympathize with his condition. After those ten days, his fits are said to return, but now no more than eight a week, where before he suffered eight to twelve a day. (9-10, 18)

Appears in:
Petto, Samuel. A Faithful Narrative of the Wonderful and Extraordinary Fits . London: 1693, 9-10, 18

1663, spring    Dunwich  Suffolk  Cookly  England 
Bewitchment

James Lindsay allegedly causes a girl to have fits by his touch. (6)

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, 6

1697, February 5    West Central Lowlands  Renfrewshire  Renfrewshire  Scotland 
Bewitchment

Christian Shaw allegedly starts having fits shortly after Agnes Nasmith talks to her. Shaw cries, flies over her bed, and has pains in her side. The fits return in September. She appears to battle an invisible force and is unable to speak. When she can speak, she calls out that Agnes Nasmith and Catherine Campbell were cutting her side. (2)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 2

1696, August  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Bewitchment

Martha Semple and Margaret Lang are accused of harming and bewitching Christian Shaw, causing her to have terrible fits. (27)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 27

1696, February 12  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Bewitchment

Elizabeth Stile, in her confession, alleges to have given Saddock a clap on the shoulder as punishment for reneging on his promise to give her an old cloak. Saddock went home and died. (14)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, 14

1579, January  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Bewitchment

Elizabeth Stile allegedly bewitches Ostler of Windsor, causing him to suffer pain in his limbs such that he is unable to do his work or rest. Stile had come to Ostler of WIndsor's Master's (Anonymous 190) house to beg alms, but came too late and became angry with Ostler when there was little left to offer her. (18)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, 18

1579  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Doll Bartham is arraigned before the Lord Chief Justice of England at S. Edmondsbury in Suffolk and condemned for the bewitchment of Joan Jorden. She is executed on July 12, 1599. (92)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 92

1599, July 12  Bury St. Edmunds  Bury St. Edmunds  Suffolk  West Suffolk  England 
Bewitchment

Thomas Spatchet is allegedly granted freedom from shaking and wringing fits, attributed to prayers on his behalf, for a period of twenty-two weeks. He continued to suffer benumbings, but is able to participate to a degree in religious life again. Persons deeply affected by his condition prayed over him while he had a violent fit until he lay quiet again. During this period, he was able to read Scripture and other books for as long as an hour, and write mostly without weariness. (11-12, 18)

Appears in:
Petto, Samuel. A Faithful Narrative of the Wonderful and Extraordinary Fits . London: 1693, 11-12, 18

1663, summer    Dunwich  Suffolk  Cookly  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

The jury declares Anonymous 43 and Anonymous 44 guilty of bewitching Anonymous 9 and Anonymous 10, but the Judges are unsatisfied by the evidence. They put the trial on hold for further deliberation, "uncertain whether this wonderfull Vomite proc[ee]ded from the Divel, or whether i[t] were some artificiall combinat[i]on of the two women to impose upon the Iu[d]ges, and [t]he Court." (3-4)

Appears in:
Heer, Henri de. The Most True and Wonderful Narration of two Women Bewitched in Yorkshire. S.I.: 1658, 3-4

1657  York  York  North Yorkshire  Yorkshire  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Thomas Spatchet allegedly suffers from dancing fits, during which his legs and feet move with agility and harmony. His feet strike the ground as if they are bells ringing or are striking out a drumbeat, but Spatchet is said to have no previous musical talent. (6, 18)

Appears in:
Petto, Samuel. A Faithful Narrative of the Wonderful and Extraordinary Fits . London: 1693, 6, 18

1660, March    Dunwich  Suffolk  Cookly  England 
Bewitchment

Catherine Campbell of Erskine, Renfrewshire allegedly bewitches Christian Shaw causing her to fly in the air, bash her head, and have fits. (1-2)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 1-2

1696, August  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Margaret Lang and Martha Semple of Erskine, Renfrewshire allegedly torment Christian Shaw into having fits where she cannot breathe and her stomach swells up. (30)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 30

1597, February 14  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Bewitchment

Aubrey Grinset confesses to afflicting Thomas Spatchet and several others. (17-18)

Appears in:
Petto, Samuel. A Faithful Narrative of the Wonderful and Extraordinary Fits . London: 1693, 17-18

1665, October or November    Dunwich  Suffolk  Cookly  England 
Bewitchment

Aubrey Grinset confesses to bewitching John Collet of Cookly and Henry Winson of Walpoole to death. She lured John Collet and his household out of their home, by calling out that there was the biggest snake anyone had ever seen, and used the opportunity to get close to him; he died two days later. She provides no details on Henry Winson's demise. (19)

Appears in:
Petto, Samuel. A Faithful Narrative of the Wonderful and Extraordinary Fits . London: 1693, 19

1665, November    Dunwich  Suffolk  Cookly  England 
Bewitchment

Jane Brooks of Shepton Mallet allegedly bewitches a young boy named Richard. (118-119)

Appears in:
Glanvill, Joseph. Saducismus Triumphatus, or, Full and Plain Evidence Concerning Witches and Apparitions in Two Parts. London: 1681, 118-119

1657, November 15  Shepton Mallet  Shepton Mallet  Somerset  Somerset  England 
Bewitchment

Elizabeth Stile is accused of bewitching a young girl into having fits where she is unable to speak. (132)

Appears in:
Glanvill, Joseph. Saducismus Triumphatus, or, Full and Plain Evidence Concerning Witches and Apparitions in Two Parts. London: 1681, 132

1664, January 30  Bayforde  Stoke Trister  Somerset  Somerset  England 
Bewitchment

Catherine Green of Brewham allegedly convinces Christian Green to give up her soul to the devil. (156-157)

Appears in:
Glanvill, Joseph. Saducismus Triumphatus, or, Full and Plain Evidence Concerning Witches and Apparitions in Two Parts. London: 1681, 156-157

1664    Brewham  Somerset  Somerset  England 
Bewitchment

Florence Newton of Cork, Ireland allegedly bewitches Mary Longdon and causes her to have fits and vomit pins by kissing her. (169-170)

Appears in:
Glanvill, Joseph. Saducismus Triumphatus, or, Full and Plain Evidence Concerning Witches and Apparitions in Two Parts. London: 1681, 169-170

1661, September 11  Cork  Cork  Cork  Cork  Ireland 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Alice Huson of Burton Agnes, Yorkshire is accused of bewitching Faith Corbet, causing her to scream, bite, and scratch. (53)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 53

1660  Burton Agnes  Burton Agnes  Yorkshire  York  England 
Bewitchment

Mary Hall, begins to grow ill in the autumn of 1663. Her illness begins 'first in one foot with a trembling shaking and Convulsive motion, afterwards it possessed both; she would sit stamping very much; she had sometimes like Epileptick, sometimes like Convulsive fits, and strange ejaculations." (32)

Appears in:
Drage, William. Daimonomageia a Small Treatise of Sickness and Diseases from Witchcraft. London: 1665, 32

1663, (Fall)  Gadsden  Gadsden  Hertfordshire  Hertforshire  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Mary Hill allegedly suffers a pricking in her stomach the Sunday after refusing Anonymous 8 an apple. Monday at dinner, "something arose in her Throat, which was like to have Choaked her; and at the same time fell into Violent Fits, which held her till Nine or Ten a Clock at Night." The fits are so severe that four or five people are needed to restrain her. Hill claims to see Anonymous 8 standing against the wall grinning, and is seen to step around as if avoiding blows. (1-2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Great News from the West of England being a True Account of Two Young Persons Lately Bewitched in the Town of Beckenton in Somerset-shire. London: 1689, 1-2

1689, July  Mendip  Beckenton  Somerset  Somerset  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Anne Mylner has a fit during which she lies on her bed stiff and as though in a trance, but looking aghast. Then, her stomach starts swelling repeatedly very quickly. Finally, she contorts her body. (9-11)

Appears in:
Fisher, John. The Copy of a Letter Describing the Wonderful Woorke of God in Deliuering a Mayden within the City of Chester. London: 1565, 9-11

1564, February  Tarporley  Tarporley  Chester  Chester  England 
Bewitchment

Sarah Morduck hires Richard Hathaway to make her a key to her home after quarreling with her husband, and while Hathaway is working on the lock, Morduck allegedly convinces him to accept a drink over his protests; soon after Hathaway becomes unable to eat or drink, or do any work. (1)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Full and True Account of the Apprehending and Taking of Mrs. Sarah Moordike. Unknown: 1701, 1

1701  London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Christian Shaw suffers a series of fits lasting months. She is also bewitched so that she is unable to say what the witches forbade her to say. ([End Page 29])

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, [End Page 29]

1696  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Bewitchment

Christian Shaw has a fit during which she accuses Margaret Lang and Martha Semple of bewitching her. (29)

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, 29

1697, Febraury 14  Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

The young girl, Mary Glover, visits her neighbour (Anonymous 441) upon discovering that she cannot swallow after a visit from Elizabeth Jackson, where she is rendered blind and speechless as well. Her neighbour brings her to her father's house, during which time her neck and throat "did swell extremely, and very deformedly." Every day thereafter, at the same time, this fit consumed her, depriving her of speech, but allowing her to breath. It seemed possible to have fingers thrust down the throat of the girl, without any disturbance. (Fol. 4r - Fol. 4v)

Appears in:
Bradwell, Stephen. Mary Glover's Late Woeful Case. Unknown: 1603, Fol. 4r - Fol. 4v

1602, April 29  London   London  London, City of  London  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

The Throckmorton family is visited by numerous neighbours during Jane Throckmorton's illness, including Mother Alice Samuel. When Jane sees Mother Samuel, she cries out "looke where the old witch sitteth (pointing to the said mother Samuell) did you euer see (said the Child) one more like a witch than she is: Take off her blacke-thrumbed cappe, for I cannot abide to looke on her." Mistress Throckmorton rebukes her daughter and, thinking she is overtired, sends her to bed. However, Mother Samuel is observed to look rueful at Jane's words. (3-4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 3-4

1589, November 13  Warboys  Warboys  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Mother Sutton, having lived in Milton for 20 or 21 years, has a falling out with local gentleman and landowner Master Enger, "On whom she had vowed to take a strange and actuall reuenge for the discontent she had conceiued against him." (A4-A4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, A4-A4v

1610    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Bewitchment

William Hook accuses Ales Newman of having bewitched her husband. (16)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 16

1582, February 23    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

Mother Staunton allegedly made demands of John Cornell the younger and took offense when she was denied; immediately after, his cattle are said to have given gory stinking blood instead of milk, and one of his cows became so stricken that it never recovered. (14)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 14

1579  Wimbish  Wimbish  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

William Bonner accuses Elizabeth Bennet of causing his wife's lip to swell and her eyes to sink in by kissing her. (20)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 20

1582, February 24    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

Robert Sanneuet accuses Elizabeth Ewstace of bewitching him circa 1567 and Margaret Ewstace of bewitching his brother Crosse circa 1570. (49)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 49

1582, March 9    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

Joan Prentice confesses that she sent her familiar Bidd to nip Sara Glacock as retribution for being denied alms at Maister Glascock's door. Prentice claims that Bidd, against her orders, killed the child. When she confronted and scolded Bidd, it disappeared. ()

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589,

1589, February 28    Henningham Sibble  North Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Joan Prentice confesses to sending her familiar Bidd to destroy the brew William Adam's wife was making, as retribution because of their falling out. (Image 6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, Image 6

1588, March 31    Henningham Sibble  North Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

Elizabeth Francis alleges in her confession that Elizabeth Lord bewitched Jone Roberts, servant to old Highham, by giving her a piece of apple cake that caused her to sicken and die. (6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 6

1579  Hatfield Peverel   Hatfield Peverel   Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Mother Staunton allegedly demanded a leather thong from John Hopwood, and when denied left offended; the same night, Hopwood's gelding died suddenly in its stable. (13)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Detection of Damnable Driftes Practised by Three Witches Arranged at Chelmifforde in Essex. London: 1579, 13

1579    Waltham on the Wolds  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Bewitchment

John and Cysley Sellis are accused by Joan Smith of bewitching a child to death. (53)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 53

1581 (one holy day in the after noone sithence Michaelmas before the trial)    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

Ales Baxster is unable to speak or stand after a 'thinge all white like a Cat' paws at her chest. (60)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, 60

1581 ? (circa Hallymas pre-trial)    St. Osyth; St. Ofes; St. Oses  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

Mildred Norrington begins to have fits; she roars, cries, gnashes her teeth, makes terrible gestures and expression, and is so strong she can not be held down by four men. She can not, or will not speak. (71)

Appears in:
Scot, Reginald. Scot's Discovery of Witchcraft Proving the Common Opinions of Witches Contracting with Devils, Spirits, or Familiars. London: 1651, 71

1574  Westwall  Westwell  Kent  Kent  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

The Devil allegedly "perceiued the inficious disposition of this wretch, and that she and her Daughters might easily bee made instruments to enlarge his Kingdome, and bee as it were the executioners of his vengeance" and offered his services to Joan, Margaret and Phillip Flower. The Flower women are said to have agreed to give their souls in exchange for the service of spirits and the knowledge of incantations, spells and charms. The conditions of the agreement are sealed through "abhominable kisses, and an odious sacrifice of blood, not leauing out certaine charmes and coniurations with which the Diuell deceiued them, as though nothing could bee done without ceremony, and a solemnity of orderly ratification." (C4v-Dv)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, C4v-Dv

1618  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Bewitchment

Francis Lord Rosse is allegedly afflicted by strange sickness, which causes him to be "most barbarously and inhumanely tortured," following the death of his brother Henry Lord Rosse. Joan, Margaret and Phillip Flower are suspected to have bewitched him. (Dv-D2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, Dv-D2

1615  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Bewitchment

Lady Katherine begins to suffer "extreame maladies and vnusuall fits" leaving her "many times in great danger of life" following the death of her brother Henry Lord Rosse. Joan, Margaret and Phillip Flower are suspected of bewitching her. (Dv-D2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, Dv-D2

1615  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Bewitchment

Joan, Margaret and Phillip Flower are apprehended around Christmas and imprisoned in Lincoln Gaol on suspicion of bewitching Henry Lord Rosse to death, causing the illnesses of Francis Lord Rosse and Lady Katherine, and Countess Manners' miscarriage. (D2-D2v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, D2-D2v

1618  (Bever Castle)  Belvoir  Leicestershire  Leicestershire  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Joan Cunny confesses that she sent her familiars to seek revenge upon Harry Finch's wife (Anonymous 62) who denied Cunny drink because she was too busy to get any for her. Finch's wife had great pain for a week in her head and in the side of her body, after which she died. These claims against Cunny are also supported with evidence given by her children and grandchildren. (3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Apprehension and Confession of Three Notorious Witches. London: 1589, 3

1589, March    Stistead  Essex  Essex  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Johane Harrison confesses that she has two spirits (Spirit 1 and Spirit 2) that help her with witchcraft, one for men and the other for cattle. (19)

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

1606, August 4  Hartford  Gadsden  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Bewitchment

Johane Harrison allegedly bewitches a Yeoman (Anonymous 122) after he calls her an old hag. The Yeoman suffers from hot sweats and cold chills, and his body twitches as if he were possessed. (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  Gadsden  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Bewitchment

Johane Harrison allegedly bewitches to death all of a Yeoman's (Anonymous 73) cattle after he had tries to help his bewitched sister by riding to Cambridge to see a scholar. (21)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 21

1606, August 4  Hartford  Gadsden  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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

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

1669  Ware  Ware  Hertfordshire  Hertfordshire  England 
Bewitchment

Elizabeth Burgiss gives deposition in court that Joan Buts caused stones, some as large as a man's fist, to fly about her master's yard such that everyone was forced inside the house. The stones are said to have hit only her, and once everyone was inside, to have flung themselves at the windows without breaking the glass. (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  Yowel  Yowel  Surrey  Surrey  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Peter Slater gives a statement before Justice Robert Bernard, alleging that his wife had a falling out with Francis Moore 21 years before. Not long after, his wife gave birth to their child, and a week after the birth his wife suddenly got sick and died. He says that ever since that day, he has suspected Moore of witchcraft. (6)

Appears in:
Davenport, John. The Witches of Huntingdon. London: 1646, 6

1625  Catworth  Catworth  Cambridgeshire  Huntingdonshire  England 
Bewitchment

Mother Sutton allegedly causes Master Enger's horses to die in their stables overnight. Some appear to have been strangled, others to have beaten out their own brains, and others dead without an obvious cause. (A4-A4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, A4-A4v

1610    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Bewitchment

Mary Sutton allegedly seeks revenge upon Master Enger's servant (Anonymous 89) for having struck her bastard son, Henry Sutton, on the ears. Henry had been throwing rocks and filth at other children and would not stop after repeated warnings; he went crying home to his mother after the chastisement. The next day, Mary causes a black sow to follow and spook the horses pulling a cart of corn Anonymous 89 is taking to market; the horses go wild and run away with their load. On the way back, Anonymous 89 observes the same sow heading into Mother Sutton's home. (B-B2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, B-B2

1612    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Bewitchment

Anonymous 89 talks of Mother Sutton and Mary Sutton's misdeeds with another servant while ploughing, including what happened with the sow on the way to market. While he is talking, a beetle (Anonymous 155) strokes him on the chest, causing him to fall into a trance from which he cannot be roused. He stands "like a liuelesse trunke deuided from his vitall spirits" for some time. He eventually recovers on his own and returns home to report the incident to Master Enger. (B2v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, B2v

1612    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Bewitchment

Master Enger attempts to cure his servant, Anonymous 89, who has remained afflicted after the incident with the beetle (Anonymous 155). He tries everything he can think of, sparing no cost, but without result. Mother Sutton and Mary Sutton are suspected of causing the man's affliction through bewitchment. (B2v-B3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, B2v-B3

1612    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Bewitchment

Anonymous 89 alleges that he was visited by Mary Sutton in his chamber at night, where she alternately sat knitting by moonlight and staring at him. He claims that after a while, she came to his bedside and told him "if hee would consent she should come to bedde to him, hee should be restored to his former health and prosperitie." He is repulsed by her advances and instead chastises her for the way she lives, her behaviour and her three bastards. Realizing her efforts are futile, she leaves the same way she came. Anonymous 89 reports this visitation to Master Enger. (B3v-B4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, B3v-B4v

1612    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Bewitchment

Mother Sutton and Mary Sutton allegedly call upon their spirits Dicke and Jude. They allow the spirits to suck on the teats on their thighs, and order them to strike Master Enger's son with torments. Not long after, the child "was put to such bitter and insupportable misery, as by his life his torments were augmented, and by his death they were abridged." (Cv)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, Cv

1612    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Bewitchment

Master Enger, the morning after discussing his plights with Anonymous 90, seeks out Mary Sutton in the fields in the company of several of his men. They question her and attempt to bind her to a horse, but the men are allegedly stricken lame. (C3)

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

1612, March    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Bewitchment

Mother Sutton and Mary Sutton's alleged campaign to destroy Master Enger's livestock causes 200 pounds worth of damage in less than two years. (A4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, A4v

1610    Milton Milles  Bedfordshire  Beford  England 
Bewitchment

Anne Durent, Susan Chandler and Elizabeth Pacy allegedly arrive at Bury St. Edwards for the trial of Rose Cullender and Amy Denny in good health, but the morning of the trial fall into violent fits accompanied by shrieking and are thus rendered unable to give deposition before the court. When they finally recover, all three are said to be struck dumb for the duration of the trial. (4-5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 4-5

1662, March 10  Bury St. Edmunds  Bury St. Edmunds  Suffolk  West Suffolk  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Elizabeth Pacy is brought to court to give indictment against Amy Denny for Denny's alleged bewitchment of Elizabeth and her younger sister Deborah, but Pacy is unable to speak and lays senseless and motionless on a cushion at court. Although she is said to have come to herself after a while, she can neither see nor speak. (15-16)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 15-16

1662, March 10  Bury St. Edmunds  Bury St. Edmunds  Suffolk  West Suffolk  England 
Bewitchment

Sir Matthew Hale, the judge presiding over the court, instructs that Amy Denny to be privately brought before Elizabeth Pacy. Though Pacy is in an insensible state and her eyes are shut, she reacts immediately when Denny touches her hand, leaping up and scratching Denny until she draws blood. Pacy must be removed from Denny, and thereafter continues to make angry motions in Denny's direction. (16-17)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 16-17

1662, March 10  Bury St. Edmunds  Bury St. Edmunds  Suffolk  West Suffolk  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

An old highland fellow (Anonymous 98) comes to Bargarren looking for lodging. Christian Shaw tells her mother and another gentlewoman that her tormentor is near and, going into the kitchen where the old highland fellow sit, she accuses him of being a tormentor and falls into a violent fit at his touch. (21-22)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 21-22

1697, February   Erskine  Erskine  Renfrewshire  County of Ayr  Scotland 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Dr. Thomas Browne of Norwich gives deposition in court as an expert witness. In his opinion, Elizabeth Pacy, Deborah Pacy, Elizabeth Durent, Ann Durent, Jane Bocking and Susan Chandler are indeed bewitched, citing a recent Danish example of witchment. He claims that bewitchment is menstrual hysteria that has been heightened by the Devil in cooperation with witches. (44-45)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 44-45

1662, March 10  Bury St. Edmunds  Bury St. Edmunds  Suffolk  West Suffolk  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Susan Chandler is allegedly called into the court to give deposition against Rose Cullender, but falls into a fit and must be carried out. Struck dumb, the only words she can get out are "burn her." (41-42)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 41-42

1662, March 10  Bury St. Edmunds  Bury St. Edmunds  Suffolk  West Suffolk  England 
Bewitchment

Elizabeth Stile, in her confession, alleges that the father of the boy whose hand was turned around in punishment for throwing a stone at her house is unable to restore the boy's hand to its proper place; he goes to Mother Dutton, Mother Devell or Father Rosimond for help for his son, and the boy is cured. (Image 9, 10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, Image 9, 10

1579, January  London  Windsore  Berkshire  Berkshire  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Alice Huson asks to be paid for the services she provides Mrs. Corbet, with a piece of cloth which Corbet's children had worn next to their skin. Corbet gives her a neck cloth made of an old sheet, Huson refuses the gift; still she often frequents the Corbet's home and is given 'meat and drink' (52-53)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 52-53

1660  Burton Agnes  Burton Agnes  Yorkshire  York  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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) 
Bewitchment

A old woman in Droitwich in the Country of Worcester (Anonymous 107) startled a boy (Anonymous 108) who was tending his mother's cows, by yelling "boo" from behind some bushes. Bewitchment was suspected as the boy could no longer speak. (50-51)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 50-51

1649, May    Droitwich   Worcestershire  Worcester  England 
Bewitchment

Faith Corbet begins to have fits not long after her gloves went missing. Faith had been scolded by her mother ealier for suggesting Huson was a witch, and does not immediately accuse her of the theft. However, Faith but comes to blame Alice Huson, who had been sitting alone in her mother's kitchen, for the loss of her gloves and her subsequent fits. (53)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 53

1660  Burton Agnes  Burton Agnes  Yorkshire  York  England 
Bewitchment

Faith asserts that the day her sister goes into labour (which happens on March 22, 1663, the beginning of the year Faith lives with her), a black cat lurches at her and frightens her. The implication is that this is Huson. After three days of examination, Huson admits to transmogrifying into a cat, but get's the details wrong. She says she was under a window and Faith said the cat was at the door. (54-55, 58)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 54-55, 58

1663, March 4  Pickering  Pickering  North Yorkshire  York  England 
Bewitchment

Faith Corbet, after a short recovery, facilitated by the presence and attention of three doctors, again falls into fits after seeing Doll Bilby. Henry Corbet decide to take action against Alice Huson and Doll Bilby (56-57)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 56-57

1644, April 24  Burton Agnes  Burton Agnes  Yorkshire  York  England 
Bewitchment

Alice Huson confesses 'in her own words' to killing Dick Warren. She committed this crime through use of the evil eye and ill intent. (59)

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

1664, April 28  Burton Agnes  Burton Agnes  Yorkshire  York  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Thomas Spatchet allegedly has three weeks without fits, except when he tries to eat his meat. He is left unable to eat more than four morsels at a time before being rendered unable to move or speak, and often with the last morsel trapped in his mouth. When afflicted, he cannot take any other food or refreshment except a little beer or thin broth, and is soon brought low and famished. After a few weeks, he is able to eat nine or ten morsels at a time, and as of the next day is able to eat his fill if he is fast about it, but suffers violent fits after eating for two more weeks. (14, 18)

Appears in:
Petto, Samuel. A Faithful Narrative of the Wonderful and Extraordinary Fits . London: 1693, 14, 18

1664    Dunwich  Suffolk  Cookly  England 
Bewitchment

Helen Fairfax falls into a 'trance' where she lays 'as though dead' for several hours. During this time, she imagined she had been in Leeds, hearing sermon given by Mr. Cooke. (37)

Appears in:
Fairfax, Edward . Daemonologia: a Discourse on Witchcraft as it was Acted in the Family of Mr. Edward Fairfax. Unknown: 1621, 37

1621, October 28  Fuystone  Holme Valley  Yorkshire  York  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Master Avery allegedly decides that the only way to help his sister, Mistress Belcher, is to draw blood from Agnes Brown and Joan Vaughan. He attempts to approach their home to lure them out, but is forcibly prevented from getting close by an invisible barrier. Though he tries two or three more times, he is always halted at the same spot. (B3-B4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, B3-B4

1611  Guilsborough  Gilsborough  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Bewitchment

Master Avery, defeated by his inability to help Mistress Belcher, returns to his own home, only to realize that he, too, has earned the enmity of Agnes Brown and Joan Vaughan. Confident that he cannot reach them, they allegedly cause him to suffer the same torments and fits as his sister. (B4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, B4

1611  Guilsborough  Gilsborough  Northamptonshire  Northamptonshire  England 
Bewitchment

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 
Bewitchment

Elizabeth Fairfax is "touched" by Elizabeth Fletcher, who picks up Fairfax, who is standing by the fire, and moves her, taking her spot and signifying the moment of possession contamination. Lady Fairfax suggested that if Fletcher was a witch, the child would soon ail; the bewitchment manifest 4 days later. (60)

Appears in:
Fairfax, Edward . Daemonologia: a Discourse on Witchcraft as it was Acted in the Family of Mr. Edward Fairfax. Unknown: 1621, 60

1622, January 2  Fuystone  Holme Valley  Yorkshire  York  England 
Bewitchment

Elizabeth Fairfax sees a poor boy lurking in the halls of her parent's home. Two day's later, while sitting on Elizabeth Smith's knee, the boy approached her again and threatened to drown her (as her sister had been threatened). At this time she identifies the boy as Elizabeth Fletcher's spirit. (60-61)

Appears in:
Fairfax, Edward . Daemonologia: a Discourse on Witchcraft as it was Acted in the Family of Mr. Edward Fairfax. Unknown: 1621, 60-61

1622, January 6  Fuystone  Holme Valley  Yorkshire  York  England 
Bewitchment

Thomas Spatchet allegedly loses the ability to speak. He later regains his voice, but then loses it again, this pattern repeating for the rest of the day. The loss of speech coincides with a grinding pain at the crown of his head. (4-5, 18)

Appears in:
Petto, Samuel. A Faithful Narrative of the Wonderful and Extraordinary Fits . London: 1693, 4-5, 18

1660, March    Dunwich  Suffolk  Cookly  England 
Bewitchment

Thomas Spatchet allegedly suffers from benumbing fits, during which he appears lifeless. His limbs become heavy and hang down, his eyes shut and do not open, and his teeth clench together; these paralyzing fits can continue for two or three hours. (5, 18)

Appears in:
Petto, Samuel. A Faithful Narrative of the Wonderful and Extraordinary Fits . London: 1693, 5, 18

1660, March    Dunwich  Suffolk  Cookly  England 
Bewitchment

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

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

1661    Dunwich  Suffolk  Cookly  England 
Bewitchment

Thomas Spatchet allegedly suffers from shaking fits. These fits would start off moderately, like a palsy, then become violent. They are said to start at his head and progress down his body, with only one part shaking at a time and the rest still, until it reached his legs, and then his whole body would shake violently. (6, 18)

Appears in:
Petto, Samuel. A Faithful Narrative of the Wonderful and Extraordinary Fits . London: 1693, 6, 18

1660, March    Dunwich  Suffolk  Cookly  England 
Bewitchment

Mary Barber is apprehended from her home in Stanwicke by Sir Thomas T[...]ham for allegedly bewitching a man to death, causing harm to cattle and other mischief. She is committed to Northampton Gaol. She is said to be rude, degenerate, licentious, malicious, envious, cruel, violent and to possess devilish desires. (D3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Witches of Northampton-shire. Agnes Browne. Joane Vaughan. Arthur Bill. Hellen Jenkenson. Mary Barber. London: 1612, D3

1611, May 6  Northamptonshire  Northampton