|Aubon||A spirit known by the name of Aubon who claims to be from Ireland, allegedly possessed Alexander Nyndge, and was said to be driven out by prayers led by Edward Nyndge. Aubon tormented Alexander Nyndge for six months, in which his body swelled, eyes bulged, lumps moved under his skin, he behaved and gestured oddly, flapping noises were heard from his body, he flung himself from the bed against the floor an bedstead, and his face and body were deformed. Edward Nyndge conjured Aubon forth to converse with him on multiple occasions, in which the spirit gave his name, origins and claimed to be tormenting Alexander Nyndge in order to claim his soul. Aubon is said to have a hollow voice when speaking through Alexander.||A True and Fearefull Vexation of One Alexander Nyndge: Being Most Horribly Tormented with the Devill, from the 20 day of January, to the 23 of July. At Lyeringswell in Suffocke: With his Prayer after his Deliverance.
You shall understand therefore that the first at, and vexation, wherefore this Alexander Nyndge was so peacefully perplexed began about seaven of the clocke at night. His father, mother and brethren, with the residue of the houshold being at that time in presence. And it was in this matter. His chest; and body fell a swelling, his eies a staring, and his backe bending inwards to his belly which did strike the beholders into a strange wonder, and admiration at this first, yet one of his brothers then also present, named Edward Nyndge, a Master of Arts, being boulder then other were of this of the company, certainly perswading himselfe that it was some evill spirit, that so molested him: gave him comfortable words of mercy from the holy Scriptures, and also charged the Spirit by the death and Passion of Jesus Christ, that it should declard the cause of that torment. At which the countenance of the same Alexander turned more strange, and full of amazement, and feare then it was before, and so returned to his former style againe.
Then the Spirit (for a small time) racked the said Alexander in a far more cruell manner: for he did use such strange and idle kinds of gestures in laughing, dancing, and such like light behavioyrs, that he was suspected to be mad: Sundry times he refused all kinds of meat for a long space together, insomuch as he seemed to pine away. Sometimes he shaked as if he had had an ague. There was heard also a strange noise, or flapping from within his body. Hee would gather himselfe on a round heape under his bedclothes, and being so gathered, he would bounse up a good height from the bed, and bead his head and other parts of his body against the ground, and bed-stead in such earnest manner, that the beholders did feare that he would thereby have spoiled himselfe, if they had not by strong hand restrained him, and yet thereby he received no hurt at all.
In most of his fits he did swell in his body, and in some of them did so greatly exceed therein, as he seemed to be twice so big as his naturall body. He was often seene to have a certaine swelling or variable lumpe to a great bignesse swiftly running up and downe between the flesh and the skin.
And the said Edward charging the Spirit with these words, Thou fowle Feind, I Coniure thee, in the name of Jesus our Saviour, the Sonne of Almighty God, that thou speake unto us.
Whereat the Spirit transformed him very ugly against his Chest, swelling upwards to his throat, plucking his belly just to his backe, and so ceased for a time.
The partie tormented being somewhat restored, uttered these words; Sirs, He will speake with me, I pray you let him not speake with mee. Whereupon all that were present did pray earnestly, at which the Spirit began to bire him very grievously and swelled sore [in th]e Chest, and in a base sounding and hollow voyce, uttere[d the w]ords I will, I will, I will. Then replyed the same Edw[ar]d, a[nd] said; Thou shalt not, and I charge thee in the Name of Je[sus] Christ, that thou speake unto us, and not unto him. [Th]en the Spirit in a hollow voyce said, Why didst thou tell t[hem]? Why didst thou tell them? Then the said Edward, bid Charge the Spirit (as aforesaid) to tell them the cause of his coming? And why hee did torment his brother. To the which the Spirit answered. I come for his Soule.
Then Edward charged him (as before) that he should declare his name. And the Spirit said, Aubon, Aubon. They charged him then (as aforesaid) to make knowne unto them whence hee came: And the Spirit made answere in a hollow voyce; From Ireland, from Ireland.
And sight whereof the saide Edward being amazed, called the Curate of the Towne, and desired him to take the Bible, and to turne to the place of Scripture, where Christ gave authority his Ministers, and willing him to read and use that authority, for the losing of the same eare which was so wrinkled together. The same Edward going to the right eare uttered thereat many Sentences of consolation unto his brother being in a monstrous, and horrible vexation. And then divers of them, tooke upon them to Conjure, and charge the foule Feind as in the first manner, namely; Wee conjure thee in the Name of Jesus Christ our Saviour, the Sonne of the Almightie God, that thou depart and no longer torment the said Alexander. And within a while after, the same Alexander stood up and said; Hee is gone, He is gone. |
Nyndge, Edward. A True and Fearefull Vexation of one Alexander Nyndge being Most Horribly Tormented with the Deuill. London: 1615, Title Page, A3, A4, A5, A7