Go back

Assertions for a specific being.

Name Description Original Text
BunneA devil or familiar from Feversham in the County of Kent, known to appear primarily in the shape of a little dog and sometimes in the shape of a mouse, and to belong to Joan Williford. In her confession, Williford claimed to have signed a contract with the Devil in which he promised to be her servant for 20 years, which contract was almost up. Seven years before, the Devil appeared to her in the shape of a little dog and asked her to forsake God and rely on him instead, promising that she would lack for nothing. She called him Bunne, and he would bring her money thereafter. Bunne allegedly carried Thomas Gardler out a window to fall on his backside. Williford also claimed Bunne told her that Elizabeth Harris had cursed John Woodcott's boat several years before. This familiar is said to have come to her twice while she was in prison to suck from her in the form of a mouse. Harris claimed that Williford told her that Bunne told her that "though the Boate, (she not knowing what Boat,) went chearfully out, it should not come so chearfully home."The Confession of Joan Williford, Septemb. 24. 1645. made before the Major, and other Jurates. Shee confessed: That the divell about seven yeeres agoe did appeare to her in the shape of a little dog, and bid her to forsake God and leane to him: who replied, that she was loath to forsake him. Shee confessed also that shee had a desire to be revenged upon Thomas Letherland and Mary Woodr[a]fe now his wife. She further said that the divell promised her, that she should not lacke, and that she had money sometimes brought her she knew not whence, sometime one shilling, sometimes eight pence, never more at once; shee called her Divell by the name of Bunne. She further saith, that her retainer Bunne carried Thomas Gardler out of a window, who fell into a backside. She further saith, that neere twenty yeeres since she promised her soule to the divell. She further saith, that she gave some of her blood to the Divell who wrote the covenant betwixt them. She further saith that the Divell promised to be her servant about twenty yeeres and that the time is now almost expired. She further saith that Iane Hot, Elizabeth Harris, Ioan Argoll were her fellowes. She further saith that her Divell told her that Elizabeth Harris about six or seven yeeres since curst the Boat of one Iohn Woodcott, and so it came to passe. Shee further saith, that the Divell promised her that shee should not sinke being throwne into the water. She fur|ther said Goodwife Argoll cursed Mr. Major, and also Iohn Mannington, and said that he should not thrive, and and so it came to passe. She likewise saith, that the Divell sucked twice since she came into the prison, he came to her in the forme of a Muce.

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