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Name Description Original Text
FancieA familiar from Pendle in the county of Lancashire, known to appear most often in the shape of a man, and sometimes in the shape of a bear, and to belong to Anne Whittle, alias Chattox. Tibb first appeared to Whittle when she was a guest of Elizabeth Southerns' where he provided a feast along with Southerns' familiar Tibb. At that feast, Southerns convinced Whittle to become a witch and accept Fancie as her familiar; at first, she would only let him suck from her. Fancie would appear to her regularly for the next four years, requesting her soul; at the end of those four years, she agreed. In exchange, he told her "Thou shalt want nothing; and be reuenged of whom thou list," and commanded her to call him by the name of Fancie whenever she wanted something. She set him on Robert Nutter for making advances on her daughter Anne Redferne and threatening her with eviction when she refused him; Nutter was ill for about three months before finally dying. She also sent Fancie to kill Anthony Nutter's cow for favouring Elizabeth Southerns.The Confession and Exami|nation of Anne Whittle alias Chattox, being Prisoner at Lancaster; taken the 19. day of May, Anno{que} Regni Regis Iacobi Angliae, Decimo: ac Scotie Quadragesimo quinto; Before William Sandes Maior of the Borrough towne of Lancaster. Iames Anderton of Clayton, one of his Maiesties Iustices of Peace within the same County, and Thomas Cowell one of his Maiesties Coroners in the sayd Countie of Lancaster. Viz. FIrst, the sayd Anne Whittle, alias Chattox, sayth, that about foureteene yeares past she entered, through the wicked perswasions and counsell of Elizabeth Southerns, alias Demdike, and was seduced to condescent & agree to become subiect vnto that diuelish abhominable profession of Witchcraft: Soone after which, the Deuill appeared vnto her in the liknes of a Man, about midnight, at the house of the sayd Demdike: and therevpon the sayd Demdike and shee, went foorth of the said house vnto him; wherevpon the said wicked Spirit mooued this Examinate, that she would become his Subiect, and giue her Soule vnto him: the which at first, she refused to assent vnto; but after, by the great perswasions made by the sayd Demdike, shee yeelded to be at his commaundement and appoyntment: wherevpon the sayd wicked Spirit then sayd vnto her, that hee must haue one part of her body for him to sucke vpon; the which shee denyed then to graunt vnto him; and withall asked him, what part of her body hee would haue for that vse; who said, hee would haue a place of her right side neere to her ribbes, for him to sucke vpon: whereunto shee assented. And she further sayth, that at the same time, there was a thing in the likenes of a spotted Bitch, that came with the sayd Spirit vnto the sayd Demdike, which then did speake vnto her in this Examinates hearing, and sayd, that she should haue Gould, Siluer, and worldly Wealth, at her will. And at the same time she saith, there was victuals, viz. Flesh, Butter, Cheese, Bread, and Drinke, and bidde them eate enough. And after their eating, the Deuill called Fancie, and the other Spirit calling himselfe Tibbe, carried the remnant away: And she sayeth, that although they did eate, they were neuer the fuller, nor better for the same; and that at their said Banquet, the said Spirits gaue them light to see what they did, although they neyther had fire nor Candle light; and that they were both shee Spirites, and Diuels.

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, B4-B4v