|Anonymous 154||A spirit or familiar from Milton in the county of Bedford, known to take the form of a black sow and to belong to Mary Sutton and Mother Sutton. When Anonymous 89 beat Henry Sutton over the ears for throwing stones and filth, Henry went crying home to his mother Mary Sutton; Mary vowed to take revenge. The next day, Anonymous 89 and another servant were taking a cart of corn to the market and spotted "a goodly faire blacke Sow" grazing, which kept pace with them until a mile out of Bedford. At that point, the sow "turne twice or thrice about as readily as a Windmill sayle at worke: And as sodainly their horses fell to starting and drawing some one way, some another." The horses were maddened, wild and sweating, and took off with their load. On the way back to Milton, they observed the sow returning to Mother Sutton's home.||In the time of these aforesaid losses happened to Master Enger, one Henry Sutton, the bastard son sonne of Mary Sutton (for it is to bee noted, that although she was neuer married, yet she had thre bastards) comming to play himselfe about the Mill damme, fell to throwing in of stones, dirt, and filth, with other such vnhappinesse incident to children: Of which hauing beene often forewarned by an ancient seruant of Master Engers, who was then about the Milles, and finding the boy notwithstanding his admonishment rather to perseuer then to desist from his knauerie, he came to him, and giuing him a little blow or two on the eare, the boy went home crying, and the ancient fellow went backe to his labour.
This Henry Sutton comming home beganne to tell his mother how a man of Master Engers (naming him) had beaten him. Whose venomous nature being soone enkindled, though hee had receiued no hurt, she vowed to take reuenge, and thus it followed.
This ancient seruant with another of his masters men were on the morrow being Market day at Bedford, appointed by their master to carry a Cart load of corne for the furnishing of the Market. Being on their way at Milton Townes end they espied a goodly faire blacke Sow grazing, who as they draue their Teame still kept pace with the~ till they came within a mile of Bedford. Where on a sodaine they perceiued her to turne twice or thrice about as readily as a Windmill sayle at worke: And as sodainly their horses fell to starting and drawing some one way, some another: At last the strongest preuailing, they drewe away the Cart, and corne, and left the Wheeles, and Axeltree behinde them. The horses they ranne away with their loade, as if they had beene madde, and the two fellowes after the horses, the horses being affrighted halfe out of their strength, and the fellowes as much madde to see them, downe went one sacke on this side the Cart, and another on that: The horses they ranne as if they would haue swelted themselues, and the fellowes after them breathlesse, and sweating to make the wilde Iades stay. All which till the Diuell and the Witch had plaide their partes would not serue turne.
The horse in this manner comming home, draue all the beholders into amazement, and the seruants beginning to haue mistrust of the blacke Sow, they watcht whither she went, whom they found to goe into Mother Suttons house, of which they told their master, and of all the accidents aforesaid, who made slight of it to them whatsoeuer he conceiued of it himselfe: and saying he supposed they were drunke, they departed. |
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, B-B2