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A mother from St. Osyth, in the county of Essex mother to Thomas Rabbett and sister to Lawrence Kempe. Ursula or Ursley Kempe (alias Grey) who claims "shee coulde vnwitche shee coulde not witche," meaning she was an unwitcher or a cunning woman, rather than a witch. Annis Glascock, whom Kempe accused of the murder of Micheal's child, Fortune's child, and the Page's ward, called her used "outragious wordes," against Kempe, "calling the sayde Ursley whore, saying, shee would scratch her: for shee was a Witch, and that shee was sure shee had bewitched her: For that shee coulde not nowe weepe." According to her eight year old son, Thomas Rabbett, she has four familiars: Tyffin "a she, like a white Lambe," Tyttey "a hee like a gray Cat," Pigine, "a hee like a black toad, and Jacke, "a hee like a black Cat", the hees were to plague to death, & the shees to punish with bodily harme, & to destroy. Kempe allegedly cures Davie Thurlowe but later bewitches his sister, killing her, and re-witches his mother, Grace Thurlowe, who had come to her for a cure "a lamenesse in her bones, & specially in her legges," but who failed to pay up. She is accused of having bewitched Annis Letherdall's "gyrle" so that the "childe was taken as it lay very bigge, with a great swelling in the bottome of the belly, and other priuie partes." She is also accused of having bewitched her brother, Lawrence Kempe's wife, causing her to have the same sorts of symptoms; Mrs. Kempe was "taken in her backe, and in the priuie partes of her bodye, in a very extreame and most straunge sorte, and so continued about three quarters of a yeere, and then died." Kempe is indicted the malefic murder of Edna Starron, Elizabeth Letherdall, and Joan Thurlowe, crimes committed in conspiracy with Alice Newman. She is found guilty on these charges, but remanded. (A-A2v)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, A-A2v

Ursley Kempe Ursley Kempe Un-witcher

Anne Baker is a spinster from Bottesford in the county of Leicestershire who would allegedly have visions and hear voices from thin air. She described a vision in which a blue planet struck Thomas Fairebarne, for which William Fairebarne beat her and broke her head. Another time, she heard a voice say that the next day she and her master would die; the next day a crow beat her master to death, but she prayed him back to life and he was sick for two weeks instead. She was charged of witchcraft on suspicion of bewitching Anne Stannidge's child; Stannidge claimed that, after she consulted with Baker on the child's illness, she needed to burn some of the child's hair and nail parings in order to get Baker to bring the child home and let her go. She was also charged with bewitching Elizabeth Hough to death for give her inferior bread as alms, and of saying Joan Gylle's child was forespoken. She denied causing any deaths, but admitted to diagnosing Gylle's child. Henry Milles accused her of causing him two or three poor nights to which she responded "you should haue let me alone then." She confessed that Mrs. Peakes and Mrs. Dennis told her that a rotting glove belonging to Lord Henry had been found, that it was thought that it was buried so that his liver would rot and waste as the glove did. Baker also claimed to have a "white Dogge, which shee calleth her good Spirit."(E1-E2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E1-E2

Anne Baker Anne Baker Un-witcher

Joan Willimott is a woman from Goadby in the county of Leicestershire, known to be a widow and a servant, who gave witness against Joan Flower, Margaret Flower, and Gamaliel Greete. She also claimed to have received a spirit named Pretty from William Berry, whom "she serued three yeares." Berry is said to have"willed her to open her mouth, and hee would blow into her a Fairy which should doe her good; and that shee opened her mouth, and he did blow into her mouth." Pretty acted as a consultant, meeting with Willimott weekly to tell her who was "stricken or fore-spoken;" she said she would go to those people and cure them with "prayers." Although she is explicitly clear that this is a benign fairy she is working with, and not a familiar, Pretty "did aske of her her Soule, which shee then promised vnto it." Willimott reported during her examination that Joan Flowers told her she had stricken Henry Lord Rosse. She also said that a week before the Flower women were apprehended, she had met with Joan and Margaret Flower at Joan's home; there, Joan Flower allowed an owl-spirit and a rat-spirit to suck from below her left ear, and said they had whispered to her that she would be neither hanged nor burnt. Willimott added that Joan Flowers took up some earth, spat on it, worked it with her fingers, and tucked it in her purse. Ellen Green alleged in her examination that Willimott had persuaded her to forsake God and gave her two spirits; Green also claimed that Willimott had a spirit in the shape of a white dog sucking on her under her left flank.(E2v-E3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E2v-E3

Joan Willimott Joan Willimott Un-witcher

A woman from Clewer in the county of Berkshire, who is allegedly part of a cabal of witches that included Elizabeth Stile, Mother Margaret, Mother Nelson, and Mistress Audrey. Dutton allegedly initiated Stile into the group. Richard Galis alleges that Dutton bewitched and tormented his brother James. Dutton allegedly has a precognition, can do image magic, and keep a familiar in the shape of a toad. She is executed on January 28, 1579.(Av, Bv)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, Av, Bv

Mother Dutton Mother Dutton Un-witcher

Father Rosimond is a magician and wiseman from Windsor in the county of Berkshire, alias Osborne. He can allegedly transform himself into various animal shapes, and has a reputation for both curing the bewitched and causing bewitchments himself. Elizabeth Stile, in her confession, alleges that his daughter is also a witch.(15, 18)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Rehearsal both Strange and True. London: 1579, 15, 18

Father Rosimond Father Rosimond Un-witcher

A tall, lusty thirty six year old man from Thorpe in the county of Essex and son of John Carter, a local brewer. Carter's sone broke the spell Margaret Grevell allegedly put on the local beer production when thrice he shot an arrow into the beer barrel as an act of counter magic. When he was able to make the the third arrow "sticke in the brewinge Fatte," beer production was able to restart. (C2v-C3)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, C2v-C3

Carter Carter (Son) Un-witcher

The maid servant of a pork farmer (Anonymous 45) from Swaffham in the county of Norfolk, who is frightened and bewitched after refusing to give a woman, who appears dressed and mounted like a gentlewoman (Anonymous 22), beer and bacon. She makes the woman vanish with a pious invocation, but quakes and tremble and can not speak for two hours after the incident()

Appears in:
Anonymous. Signs and Wonders from Heaven. With a True Relation of a Monster Born in Radcliffe Highway. London: 1645,

Anonymous 45 Un-witcher

A woman from the Weeley in the county of Essex (now part of the Tendring District) who is described as "One Cocke's wife." At the time of the March 1582 Assize in St. Osyth, Mrs. Cocke's was deceased, however, she was alive and well, according to Ursely Kempe circa 1571. It was at this time that she allegedly taught Ursely Kempe how to unwitch, presumably being an unwitcher herself. The cure involved pricking a handful of hogs dung and charnel three times with a knife, tossing it into a fire; stabbing the underneath of a table three times with the same knife, and letting the knife hang in the wood; and drinking a beer with three sage leaves and three leaves of Saint Johns wort, last thing at night and first thing in the morning. The beer would certainly have eased the pain and St. John's wort to manage the depression.(A7-A7v)

Appears in:
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, A7-A7v

Cockes Mrs. Cockes Un-witcher

A man who observes Christian Shaw vomit "coal-finders" the size of chesnuts.(4)

Appears in:
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 4

Brisbane Dr. Brisbane Un-witcher

A man from Bottesford in the county of Leicestershire, known to be the father of Thomas Fairebarne. Anne Baker alleged during her examination that she had a vision of his son, Thomas, being hit by a blue planet, which corresponded with some unknown affliction besetting him. William beat Baker and broke her head; Thomas is said to have recovered thereafter. However, Baker claimed that she did not send the planet. (D4-D4v)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, D4-D4v

William Fairebarne William Fairebarne Un-witcher

A man from Yarmouth in the County of Suffolk, known to be an unwitcher or cunning-person, whom Dorothy Durent alleged that she had consulted in her deposition. She claimed that she went to him after her infant son William developed fits due to his reputation for helping bewitched children. According to Durent's deposition, he had advised her to "hang up the Childs Blanket in the Chimney corner all day, and at night when she put the Child to Bed, to put it into the said blanket, and if she found any thing in it, she should not be afraid, but to throw it into the Fire." When she did so, a great toad fell out of William's blanket, which made a horrible noise and flashed like gunpowder when held in the fire before disappearing.(8-10)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Tryal of Witches. London: 1682, 8-10

Jacob Dr. Jacob Un-witcher

A man (Anonymous 109) from Dorwich in the county of Norfolk, described as a jailer who imprisoned a suspected witch (Anonynous 107). He denied her food and water until she would bless the child (which she did). He also acted as a witness at her trial.(51)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 51

Anonymous 109 Un-witcher

A woman (Anonymous 112) who inadvertently discovers a witch when he attacks an pole cat like creature who has been suckling milk from his sow.(51-52)

Appears in:
Hale, Matthew. A Collection of Modern Relations of Matter of Fact Concerning Witches & Witchcraft. London: 1693, 51-52

Anonymous 112 Un-witcher

A group of "wizards" from Knaresborough forest in North Yorkshire who allegedly practice and teach countermagic. (34-35)

Appears in:
Fairfax, Edward . Daemonologia: a Discourse on Witchcraft as it was Acted in the Family of Mr. Edward Fairfax. Unknown: 1621, 34-35

Anonymous 326 (Plural) Un-witcher

A man from Hartford in the county of Huntingdonshire, described as a Yeoman who is allegedly bewitched by Johane Harrison after he calls her an old hag. He suffers from hot sweats, cold chills, and twitching limbs and becomes well again after he scratches Johane Harrison's face.(19-29)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Cruel and Bloody Murder Committed by an Inkeepers wife, called Annis Dell, and her Son George Dell. London: 1606, 19-29

Anonymous 122 Un-witcher

A man from Stapenhill in the county of Staffordshire, who attempts to cure Thomas Darling of his violent fits by making the boy read from the bible.(8)

Appears in:
D., I.. The Most Wonderfull and True Story, of a Certain Witch named Alice Gooderige of Stapen hill. London: 1597, 8

Master Graysley Un-witcher

A woman who instructs Margaret Russell, who has come looking for help curing the suffering Elizabeth Jennings, to ask Mrs. Goodcole for the name of a "female physician," rather than a "witch" or a "cunning woman."()

Appears in:
Unknown, . The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings. British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Foster, Donald W., ed. "The Bewitchment of Elizabeth Jennings." Normalized text, ed. D. Foster (1999), from British Library MS Add. 36674, fols. 134-7. Poughkeepsie, NY: Vassar College, 1999.: 1622,

Dromondby Mrs. Dromondby Un-witcher

A man from Norfolk who is a shoe maker and a seller of Holland cheese. When his trade in dairy products threatens Mary Smith's, he finds himself the victim of supernatural torments, manifest as a "madnesse or phrensie," a body "benummed," and "pains and greifes from which hee is not yet freed." He twice attempts countermagic against Smith, once burning her familiar to burn her, and once trying to scratch her, but finding himself unable to. (57-59)

Appears in:
Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London: 1616, 57-59

Edmund Newton Edmund Newton Un-witcher

A witch who restores John Ferralls son (Anonymous 74) back to perfect health after he had allegedly been bewitched by Margaret Simons. (3-4)

Appears in:
Scot, Reginald. Scot's Discovery of Witchcraft Proving the Common Opinions of Witches Contracting with Devils, Spirits, or Familiars. London: 1651, 3-4

Anonymous 206 Un-witcher

A woman, likely an unwitcher, cunning woman, or female physician, described as dwelling "12 miles from Waltham," and having some skill in treating the bewitched, Anonymous 227 prescribed some treatment for Israel Amyce, administered before he went to bed, and enabled him to feel better in the next morning (and perhaps begin on the road to recovery).()

Appears in:
Roberts, R. A.. Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House, Volume 10: 1600. Unknown: 1904,

Anonymous 227 Un-witcher

A man from Goswell Street, London who is the brother-in-law of Anonymous 224, a bewitched woman. Anonymous 236 is allegedly able to capture the evil spirit that has bewitched Anonymous 224 in a stone bottle that hung above the fire, after which he hears a roaring noise coming from the bottle.(6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. Strange and Wonderful News from Goswell-street: or, a Victory over the Devil. London: 1678, 6

Anonymous 236 Un-witcher

A woman from Newmarket in the county of Suffok who is asked by Sir Martin Stuteville to go visit a man, Thomas Paman, who suspects he is bewitched (possibly by her). Read is "presumed to be a witch," and violently attacked by Paman upon arrival. Read appears to leave the attack somewhat unscathed and is never prosecuted as a witch; Paman retracts his bewitchment.(198-199)

Appears in:
, Great Britain. Public Record Office. Calendar of State Papers: Domestic Series, of the Reign of Charles I, 1629-1631. London: 1830, 198-199

Alice Read Alice Read Un-witcher

An old man from Warboys in the county of Huntington, known to be the husband of Mother Alice Samuel, father of Agnes Samuel and a neighbour of Robert Throckmorton. When Mother Samuel refuses to go to the Throckmorton household after Robert Throckmorton arranges for her hire with John Samuel, he beats her with a cudgel until Robert Throckmorton convinces him to stop. Mother Samuel agrees to go with Throckmorton after the beating to escape John, and would not return home until he was out on an errand. When Robert Throckmorton came to question Agnes, he claimed to not know where she was while she hid above the parlour with sacks and tubs weighing down the trap door. After Mother Samuel was made to confess by the Throckmortons and Dr. Dorington convinced Robert Throckmorton to allow her to return home, John and Agnes convinced her to retract her confession. He called her a foul name the next day when he realized she had confessed all over again and had to be stopped from striking her; she fell into a faint when he tried. He later came to the Throckmorton house claiming to have heard Agnes was sick, and while there Elizabeth Throckmorton accused him of being a witch and demanded he speak a "charm" in which he confess to being a witch and that he had bewitched her; he refused. Hearing his wife deny involvement in Lady Cromwell's death in court, he said for all to hear "denie it not, but confesse the trueth: for thou didst it one way or other." Mother Samuel claimed he knew all about the death of Lady Cromwell, and that he had the skills of both a witch and an unwitcher himself. John Samuel was executed with Mother Samuel and Agnes Samuel following the trial.(3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 3

John Samuel John Samuel Un-witcher

A woman from the vicinity of Castle Alley near Broken Wharf in London, known to be a wisewoman or cunningwoman. When Anne Kirk bewitches a child in retaliation for not being invited to its christening, the parents consult with Mother Gillam. She recognizes that the child has been forespoken, and advises its parents to "cut of a piece of the witches coate with a payre of sheeres, & burne it togeather with the childs vnder cloth."(100)

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 100

Gillam Mother Gillam Un-witcher