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Name Description Original Text
Anonymous 169A Daemon, who appears to be the spirit of the deceased second wife of the deceased father of Mr. Philip Furze, who appears before Mr. Philip Furze's servant, Francis Fey. She first appears to Francis Fey when she throws him off his horse on his way home to Spreyton, in the county of Devon, from Totnes. He was cast "with such violence" to the ground, that there was a "resounding [...] great noise." The female spirit also caused Francis Fey's horse to leap "25 foot, to the amazement of all that saw it." The spirit also shows herself to other members of the household, such as Thomasine Gidly, Ann Langdon, and a small child (Anonymous 414), "which by reason of the troublesomenes of the Spirit, they were fain to remove from that house." The spirit is further capable of changing shape: she is sometimes "very horrid," at other times "like a monstrous Dog belching out fire." She has also been described "in the shape of a Horse, carrying with it one pane of glass, & a small piece of Iron" taken from a window she flew at. The Daemon also takes great delight in causing trouble for Francis Fey: his head is thrust into "a very strait place," between a bed and wall, which required "the strength of divers men" to free him; she causes the binding of his arm after these injuries to be "strained with such violence," that he is almost strangled to death. The binding also makes a "strange and dismal noise." She also attempts to strangle Francis Fey using "Cravats, and Handkerchief" worn around his neck. This Daemon also "shewed great offence at the Perriwigs which the young man used to wear;" on one occasion, she breaks through two boxes and a number of weights protecting a perriwig in order to cut it "into many small parts and tatters,"; another time, she tore a perriwig off of his head, and "reduced [it] into very small fragments." On another occasion, the specter tears out one of the shoe-strings of Francis Fey's shoe, and caused it clasp and curl around the hand of a maid (Anonymous 415) "like a living Eel, or Serpent." The daemon further causes damage by tearing up a pair of gloves, "which is so dexterously tatter'd, and so artificially torn, that it is conceived a Cutler could not have contrived an Instrument, to have laid it abroad so accurately," however this was done in Francis Fey's pocket in less than a minute. The spirit also tore up the clothing of Francis Fey and "a servant maid" if they wore their own clothes. Other "strange and fantastical freaks" accomplished by the spirit include: moving a barrel of salt; placing bacon on a hand-iron; and twisting the feet and legs of Francis Fey so they are about his neck or chairs and stools. It is said that the specter "appears in resemblance of her own person, she seems to be habited in the same cloaths, and dress." On Easter evening, in 1628, she takes Francis Fey "up by the skirt of his doublet, [...] and carried [him] a heighth into the Air." When Francis Fey is found again after being missing, he is found in a "Trance, or extatick fit," but upon recovering from this fit, claimed that he had been in "perfect sense" and that the Daemon had carried him very high into the air - a fact verified by the finding of a shoe and a perriwig in a tree and out of doors. The spirit also comes to Francis Fey in Crediton, in the shape of a bird, and threw a "weight of Brass or Copper" at the forehead of Francis Fey when he is being treated by a Physician. The spirit "continued to molest the young man in a very severe and rugged manner, often handling him with great extremity," and continued to haunt him for some time.But the next day after having delivered the ring, the young man was riding home to his Masters house, accompanyed by a Servant of the Gentle womans near Totness, and near about the time of their entrance (or a little before they came) into the Parish of Spraiton aforesaid, there appeared to be upon the horse behind the young man, the resemblance of the second wife of the old Gentleman, spoken of before. This Daemon often threw the young man off his horse, and cast him with such violence to the ground, as was great astonishment, not only to the Gentlewomans Servant (with him) but to divers others, who were spectators of the frightful action, the ground resounding with great noise, by reason of the incredible force, with which he was cast upon it. At his coming into his Masters yard, the horse which he rid, though very poor, & out of case, leaped at one spring 25 foot, to the amazement of all that saw it.

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 180