|Sathan||A spirit or familiar from Hatfield Peverel, known to appear in various forms including a white spotted cat, a large dog and a toad. Sathan is said to speak in a strange, hollow voice, and to require a drop of blood for every deed requested of him; the pricks would leave a lasting red mark. He was used by several witches. Elizabeth Francis received Sathan as part of her induction into witchcraft; her grandmother Eve of Hatfield Peverel instructed her to give Sathan her blood, feed him with bread and milk, and to keep him in a basket. Francis first asked Sathan to make her "be ryche and to haue goodes," so he brought her 18 sheep, but these sheep soon wore away. Sathan also advised her to have sex with Andrew Byles, a wealthy man Francis desired for a husband, but he refused to marry her after. Furious, she had Sathan "waste his goodes" and then kill him; Sathan also advised her on which herb to drink to abort her pregnancy. Francis later successfully married Christopher Francis, but their marriage was unhappy; Francis first had Sathan kill their infant daughter and later lame Christopher. Francis passed Sathan on to Mother Agnes Waterhouse in exchange for a cake about 15 years after receiving him. Mother Waterhouse used Sathan for numerous mischiefs against her neighbours, including killing livestock, spoiling a brewing, spoiling curds and causing death by illness; she rewarded him with a drop of blood and a chicken, which he ate down to the bones and feathers. Mother Waterhouse also had Sathan kill her husband, as she too had an unhappy marriage. Sathan would make her pray in Latin. Though Sathan came to her as a cat, Mother Waterhouse had him turned into a toad and kept him in a wool-pot. He allegedly had the gift of prophecy, warning her in advance of her apprehension and execution. Joan Waterhouse, Mother Waterhouse's daughter borrowed Sathan once when the neighbour's daughter, Agnes Brown, refused her bread and cheese. Sathan appeared in the form of a large dog with horns and demanded her body and soul in exchange for scaring Brown; Joan agreed. Brown claimed that Sathan came several times in the form of a large black dog with an ape's face, a short tail, a chain and a silver whistle appeared with the milkhouse key in its mouth and demanded butter; the last time the dog appeared he held a dagger in his mouth and identified himself as belonging to Mother Waterhouse.||The examination of them with their confession before Doctor Cole and master Foscue at the same Sise verhatum as nere as coulde be gathered, and firste of Elizabeth Frauncis who saide as here foloweth.
FYrst the learned this arte of witchcraft at the age of .xii. yeres of hyr grandmother whose nam was mother Eue of Hatfyelde Peuerell disseased.
Item when shee taughte it her, she counseiled her to renounce GOD and his worde, and to geue of her bloudde to Sathan (as she termed it) whyche she delyuered her in the lykenesse of a whyte spotted Catte, and taughte her to feede the sayde Catte with breade and mylke and she dyd so, also she taughte her to cal it by the name of Sathan and to kepe it in a basket.
When this mother Eue had geuen her the Cat Sathan, then this Elizabeth desired firste of the sayde Cat (callinge it Sathan) that she might be ryche and to haue goodes, and he promised her she shoulde, askinge her what she would haue, and she sayde shepe ([f]or this Cat spake to her as she confessed in a straunge holowe voice, (but suche as she vnderstode by vse) & this Cat forthwith brought shepe into her pasture to the nu[m]ber of .xviii blacke and whyte, whych continued wyth her for a tyme, but in the ende dyd all weare awaye she knewe not howe.
Item when she had gotten these shepe, she desired to haue on Andrew Byles to her husband, which was a man of some welth, and the cat dyd promyse she shold, but that he sayde she must fyrste consent that t[h]is Andrew shuld abuse her, and she so did.
And after when this Andrew had thus abused her he would not mary her, wherfore she willed Sathan to waste his goodes, which he forthwith did, and yet not beyng contentid with this, she wild him to touch his body, whych he forthewith dyd whereof he died.
Item that euery tyme that he did any thynge for her, she sayde that he required a drop of bloude, which she gaue him by prycking herselfe, sometime in one place & then in an other, and where she pricked her selfe there remayned a red spot, which was styl to be sene.
Item whe[n] this Andrew was dead, she douting her selfe with childe willed sathan to destroye it, and he bad her take a certayne herbe and drinke it whych she did, and destroyed the childe forthwyth.
Item when she desyred an other husbande, he promysed her an other, naminge this Frauncis whom shee nowe hath, but said he is not so rich as the other, willynge her to consent vnto that Frauncis in fornycation which she did, and therof conceaued a daughter that was borne within a quarter of a yere after they were maried.
After they were maryed they liued not so quietly as she desyred, beinge stirred (as she said) to much vnquietnes and moued to swearing and cursinge, wherfore she willed sathan her Cat to kyll the childe, beinge aboute the age of half a yere olde and he did so, and when she yet founde not the quietnes that she desyred, she wylled it to lay a la[m]enes in the leg of thys Frauncis her husbande, and it did in this maner. It came in a morninge to this Frauncis shoe, lying in it lyke a tode, and when he perceiued it puttinge on his shoe, and had touched it with his fote, he being sodenly amased asked of her what it was, and she bad him kil it, and he was forthwith taken with a lamenes wherof he can not healed.
After all this when shee had kept this Cat, by the space of .xv. or xvi. yeare, and as some saye (though vntruly) beinge wery of it, she came to one mother Waterhouse her neyghbour (a pore woman) when she was going to the oue[n], and desired her to geue her a cake, & she wold geue her a thing that she should be the better for so lo[n]g as she liued, & this mother waterhouse gaue her a cake, where vpon she brought her this cat in her apron and taught her as she was in structed before by her grandmother Eue, tellig her that she must cal him Sathan and geue him of her bloude and bread and milke as before, and at this examination woulde confesse no more. |
Phillips, John. The Examination and Confession of Certain Witches. London: 1566, 9-13