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Name Description Original Text
TibbA familiar from the Forest of Pendle in the county of Lancashire, known to be a shapeshifter and to belong to Elizabeth Southerns, alias Dembdike. Tibb first appeared to Southerns as she came home from begging, in the form of a boy with a coat half brown, half black. He requested her soul, said she could have anything she asked for in return, and introduced himself. She gave him her soul, but did not ask anything of him for five or six years though he would appear regularly to ask what she would have of him. At the end of six years, Tibb appeared while she was dozing in the sun with a child on her lap; he appeared in the shape of a brown dog and forced her to her knees to get blood from under her left arm. She sent him away by invoking Jesus' name, but was left mad for eight weeks after. Southerns claimed to have set Tibb to take revenge from Richard Baldwyn or his family, after he drove her out of his house calling her and her granddaughter Alison Device whore and witches and threatening them with burning and hanging; she had been there to collect payment for some work her daughter Elizabeth Device had done for him at his mill. Anne Whittle claimed that Tibb sometimes appeared in the shape of a spotted bitch, and that he once provided a feast for her and Southerns with her familiar Fancie. Southerns said that she and Tibb, who was in the shape of a black cat at the time, had witnessed Whittle and Anne Redferne making clay images of Robert, Marie and Christopher Nutter, but that Tibb knocked her into a ditch to prevent her from joining them and vanished. When she headed home, he reappeared in the shape of a hare.The voluntarie Confession and Examination of Elizabeth Sowtherns alias Demdike, taken at the Fence in the For|rest of Pendle in the Countie of Lancaster. The second day of Aprill, Anno{que} Regni Regis Iacobi Ang|liae. &c. Decimo, et Scotiae Quadragesimo quinto; Before Roger Nowell of Reade Esquire, one of his Maiesties Iustices of the peace within the sayd Countie. Viz. T[h]e said Elizabeth Sowtherns confesseth, and sayth; That about twentie yeares past, as she was comming homeward from begging, there met her this Examinate neere vnto a Stonepit in Gouldshey, in the sayd Forrest of Pendle, a Spirit or Deuill in the shape of a Boy, the one halfe of his Coate blacke, and the other browne, who bade this Examinate stay, saying to her, that if she would giue him her Soule, she should haue any thing that she would request. Wherevpon this Examinat demaunded his name? and the Spirit answered, his name was Tibb: and so this Examinate in hope of such gaine as was promised by the sayd Deuill or Tibb, was contented to giue her Soule to the said Spirit: And for the space of fiue of sixe yeares next after, the sayd Spirit or Deuill appeared at sundry times vnto her this Examinate about Day-light Gate, alwayes bidding her stay, and asking her this Examinate what she would haue or doe? To whom this Examinate replyed, Nay nothing: for she this Examinate said, she wanted nothing yet. And so about the end of the said sixe yeares, vpon a Sabboth day in the morning, this Examinate hauing a litle Child vpon her knee, and she being in a slumber, the sayd Spirit appeared vnto her in the likenes of a browne Dogg, forcing himselfe to her knee, to get blood vnder her left Arme: and she being without any apparrell sauing her Smocke, the said Deuill did get blood vnder her left arme. And this Examinate awaking, sayd, Iesus saue my Child; but had no power, nor could not say, Iesus saue her selfe: wherevpon the Browne Dogge vanished out of this Examinats sight: after which, this Examinate was almost starke madd for the space of eight weekes. And vpon her examination, she further confesseth, and saith. That a little before Christmas last, this Examinates Daughter hauing been to helpe Richard Baldwyns Folkes at the Mill: This Examinates Daughter did bid her this Examinate goe to the said Baldwyns house, and aske him something for her helping of his Folkes at the Mill, (as aforesaid:) and in this Examinates going to the said Baldwyns house, and neere to the said house, she mette with the said Richard Baldwyn; Which Baldwyn sayd to this Examinate, and the said Alizon Deuice (who at that time ledde this Examinate, being blinde) get out of my ground Whores and Witches, I will burne the one of you, and hang the other. To whom this Examinate answered: I care not for thee, hang thy selfe: Presently wherevpon, at this Examinates going ouer the next hedge, the said Spirit or Diuell called Tibb, appeared vnto this Examinat, and sayd, Reuenge thee of him. To whom, this Examinate sayd againe to the said Spirit. Reuenge thee eyther of him, or his. And so the said Spirit vanished out of her sight, and she neuer saw him since.

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, B2v-B3