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Assertions for a specific being.

Name Description Original Text
RutterkinA familiar from Belvoir in the County of Leicestershire, known to appear in the form of a cat and have the name Rutterkin, and to allegedly belong to Joan Flower. To aid her bewitchment of Sir Francis Manners and his family, Flower would rub various objects belonging to Manners' family on Rutterkin. This included a glove from Henry Lord Rosse, another glove from Francis Lord Rosse, a handkerchief from Lady Katherine Manners, and wool from the mattress Countess Manners gave Margaret Flower with her severance. Rutterkin was thus instrumental in bewitching Henry Lord Rosse to death, causing the illness of Francis Lord Rosse, and rendering Sir Francis and the Countess unable to conceive more children. However, Rutterkin could do nothing against Lady Katherine; when Flower tried, "Rutterkin whined and cryed Mew: whereupon shee said, that Rutterkin had no power ouer the Lady Katherine to hurt her." According to Phillip Flower, Rutterkin would leap onto Joan Flower's shoulder and suck from her neck. Margaret Flower alleged that Rutterkin was among the devils that "appeared vnto her in Lincolne layle, at eleauen or twelue a clocke at midnight."The Examination of Phillip Flower, Sister of Margaret Flower, and Daughters of Ioane Flower, before Sr William Pelham, and Mr. Butler, Iustices of the Peace, Febr. 4. 1618. Which was brought in at the Assizes as euidence against her Sister Margaret. SHe saith, that her mother and her sister maliced the Earle of Rutland, his Countesse, and their Children, because her Sister Margaret, was put out of the Ladies seruice of Laundry, and exempted from other seruices about the house, wherevpon her said sister, by the commandement of her mother, brought from the Castle the right hand gloue of the Lord Henry Rosse, which she deliuered to her Mother; who presently rubd it on the backe of her Spirit Rutterkin, and then put it into hot boyling water, afterward shee pricked it often, and buried it in the yard, wishing the Lord Rosse might neuer thriue, and so her Sister Margaret continued with her mother, where shee often saw the cat Rutterkin leape on her shoulder, and sucke her necke.

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, F3