|Ball||A familiar from Pendle in the county of Lancashire, known to appear in the shape of a brown dog and to belong to Elizabeth Device. According to Device's confession, Ball bid her to make a clay image of John Robinson, dry it by the fire and crumble it slowly over the course of a week after he harassed her for having a bastard child. She did so, and Robinson died within a week of the image being crumbled away; James Device, Elizabeth's son, echoed this account in his own deposition. Elizabeth's daughter Jennet Device alleged that Elizabeth also had Ball kill James Robinson and Henry Mytton.||The Examination and voluntarie confession of ELIZABETH DEVICE, taken at the house of IAMES WILSEY of the Forrest of Pendle, in the Countie of Lancaster, the seuen and twentieth day of Aprill: Anno Reg. IACOBI, Angl. &c. decimo, & Scotiae xlv. Before ROGER NOWEL, and NICHOLAS BANNESTER, Esquires; two of his Maiesties Iustices of the Peace within the same Countie. viz. The said Elizabeth Deuice, Mother of the said Iames, being examined, confesseth and saith.
T[h]at at the third time her Spirit, the Spirit Ball, appeared to her in the shape of a browne Dogge, at, or in her Mothers house in Pendle Forrest aforesaid: about foure yeares agoe the said Spirit bidde this Examinate make a picture of Clay after the said Iohn Robinson, alias Swyer, which this Examinate did make accordingly at the West end of her said Mothers house, and dryed the same picture with the fire and crumbled all the same picture away within a weeke or thereabouts, and about a weeke after the Picture was crumbled or mulled away; the said Robinson dyed.
The reason wherefore shee this Examinate did so bewitch the said Robinson to death, was: for that the said Robinson had chidden and becalled this Examinate, for hauing a Bastard child with one Seller.|
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, F4-F4v