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Temperance LloydTemperance Lloyd is a woman from Bideford, in the county of Devon who is accused using image magic to cause suffering and death. Lloyd was tried as a witch three times. On March 14, 1670, she was "Accused, Indicted, and Arraigned, [and acquitted of] practising of Witchcraft upon the Body of one William Herbert, late of Biddiford aforesaid, Husbandman," at Exeter Castle. On May, 15th 1679, before the "Mayor and Justices of the Town of Biddiford" she was accused of and acquitted of "practising Witchcraft upon the Body of one Anne Fellow the Daughter of Edward Fellow of Biddiford Gent." Having been "searched by four Women of the Town of Biddiford aforesaid," the physical proof (in the form of witch marks), was not "so clear and conspicuous" and she was released 1679. However in 1682, Lloyd would be prosecuted against, predominately for the bewitching of Grace Thomas through image magic and for consorting with a devil. Lloyd would again be examined by a group of citizens (her accusers) and Mr. Michael Ogilby, the local rector. It is at this point that Lloyd begins to admit to all the crimes of which she has been accused. She admits to using image magic against Grace Thomas; although she was accused of pricking a doll with a thorn to do so, Lloyd only admitted to using a piece of leather. She also admitted killing William Herbert, Anne Fellow, and Linda Burman, and blinding Jane Dallyn in one eye. Ogliby made Llyod recite "the Lords Prayer and her Creed" as a test, which she did, but "imperfectly." Lloyd admitted to having a familiar in the shape of a black man, wearing "blackish Clothes, and was about the length of her Arm. That he had broad Eyes, and a Mouth like a Toad." Anne Wakely searched Lloyd, and found in her "secret Parts two Teats hanging nigh together like unto a piece of Flesh that a Child had suckt. And that each of the said Teats was about an Inch in length." She asked Lloyd "whether she had been suckt at that place by the black Man? (meaning the Devil)." Lloyd acknowledged that "she had been suckd there often times by the black Man; and the last time that she was suckd by the said black Man was the Friday before she was searchd" (ibid.). She later admitted that the black man did "suck her Teats which she now hath in her Secret Parts ... [and] did suck her again as she was lying down; and that his sucking was with a great pain unto her" (15). Temperance Lloyd was tried and convicted, along with Marry Trembles and Susana Edwards, at the Bideford assizes on August 14th, 1682, one of the last witch trials. She was executed on August 25th, 1682.(2, 10-13, 13-15, 16-19, 19-21, 20-22, 25,)TO THE READER. Reader, This Relation was written by a faithful and able Hand, employed in taking the Examinations and Confessions of Temperance Lloyd, Mary Trembles, and Susanna Edwards, who were Executed the 25th of August 1682. *** The Information of Grace Thomas of Biddiford in the County aforesaid Spinster, taken upon her Oath the 3d day of July, in the 34th year of the Reign of our Soveraign Lord Charles the Second, by the Grace of God, of England, Scotland, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, and c. before us Thomas Gist Mayor of the Burrough, Town, and Mannor of Biddiford aforesaid, and John Davie Alderman, two of his Majesties Justices of the Peace within the same Burrough, and c. THe said Informant upon her Oath saith, That upon or about the 2d day of February, which was in the year of our Lord 1680. this Informant was taken with great Pains in her Head and all her Limbs, which Pains continued on her till near or upon the first day of August then following; and then this Informants Pains began to abate, and this Informant was able to walk abroad to take the Air: But in the Night-season she was in much pain, and not able to take her rest. This Informant further saith, That upon or about the 30th day of September now last past, this Informant was going up the High Street of Biddiford, where this Informant met with Temperance Lloyd of Biddiford aforesaid Widow, and she the said Temperance did then and there fall down on her Knees to this Informant, and wept, (saying) Mrs. Grace, I am glad to see you so strong again. Upon which this Informant said, Why dost thou weep for me? Unto which the said Temperance replied, I weep for Joy to see you so well again, as the said Temperance then pretended. This Informant further saith, That in that very night she this Informant was taken very ill with sticking and pricking Pains, as though Pins and Awls had been thrust into her Body, from the Crown of her Head to the Soles of her Feet; and this Informant lay as though it had been upon a Rack. And saith, That these pricking Pains have continued upon her Body ever since; and that her Pains are much worse by night than by day. This Informant further saith, That on Thursday the first day of June last past in the night, she this Informant was bound and seemingly chain'd up, with all her sticking Pains gathered together in her Belly; so that on a sudden her Belly was swoln as big as two Bellies, which caused her to cry out, I shall die, I shall die; and in this sad condition this Informant lay as though she had been dead for a long space. (which those persons that were in the Chamber with her this Informant did compute to be about two hours). And this Informant further saith, That on Friday-night last, being the 30th day of June, this Informant was again pinch'd and prick'd to the Heart, with such cruel thrusting pains in her Head, Shoulders, Arms, Hands, Thighs, and Legs, as though the Flesh would have been then immediately torn from the Bones with a mans Fingers and Thumbs. And further saith, That she was even pluck'd out over her Bed, and lay in this condition for the space of three hours (as she was informed by some of the said persons then in this Informants Chamber). This Informant further saith, That upon the first day of this instant July, as soon as the aforesaid Temperance Lloyd was apprehended and put in the Prison of Biddiford, she this Informant immediately felt her pricking and sticking pains to cease and abate. And saith, That she hath continued so ever since unto this time; but is still in great weakness of Body. And further saith, That she believeth that the said Temperance Lloyd hath been an Instrument of doing much hurt and harm unto her Body, by pricking and tormenting of her in manner as before in this her Information she hath set forth. Thomas Gist Mayor. John Davie Alderman. *** The Information of Elizabeth Eastchurch, the Wife of Thomas Eastchurch of Biddiford in the County aforesaid Gent. taken upon her Oath before us Thomas Gift Mayor of the Burrough, Town, and Mannor of Biddiford aforesaid, and John Davie Alderman, two of his Majesties Justices of the Peace within the same Burrough, and c. the 3d of July, in the 34th year of the Reign of our Soveraign Lord Charles the Second, and c. Anno Dom. 1682. THe said Informant upon her Oath saith, That upon the 2d day of this instant July, the said Grace Thomas, then lodging in this Informants said Husbands house, and hearing of her to complain of great pricking pains in one of her knees, she this Informant did see her said Knee, and observed that she had nine places in her Knee which had been prickt; and that every of the said pricks were as though it had been the prick of a Thorn. Where-upon this Informant afterwards, upon the same 2d day of July, did demand of the said Temperance Lloyd whether she had any Wax or Clay in the form of a Picture whereby she had pricked and tormented the said Grace Thomas? Unto which the said Temperance made answer, that she had no Wax nor Clay, but confessed that she had only a piece of Leather which she had pricked nine times. Thomas Gist Mayor. John Davie Alderman. The Information of Anne Wakely, the Wife of William Wakely of Biddiford in the County aforesaid Husbandman, taken the 3d day of July, Anno Dom. 1682. THe said Informant upon her Oath saith, That upon the second day of July instant, she this Deponent, by order of the said Mr. Mayor, did search the Body of the said Temperance Lloyd, in the presence of Honor Hooper, and several other Women. And upon search of her said Body, she this Informant did find in her Secret Parts two Teats hanging nigh together like unto a piece of Flesh that a Child had suckt. And that each of the said Teats was about an Inch in length. Upon which this Informant did demand of her the said Temperance whether she had been suckt at that place by the black Man? (meaning the Devil). Whereunto the said Temperance did acknowledge, that she had been suck'd there often times by the black Man; and the last time that she was suck'd by the said black Man was the Friday before she was search'd, (which was the 30th day of June last past). And this Informant further saith, That she hath been an attendant of the said Grace Thomas about six Weeks now last past: And that on Thursday now last past (which was the 29th of June last past) in the Morning, she this Informant did see something in the shape of a Magpie to come at the Chamber-window where the said Grace Thomas did lodge. Upon which this Informant did demand of the said Temperance Lloyd whether she did know of any Bird to come and flutter at the said Window. Unto which Question the said Temperance did then say, that it was the black Man in the shape of the Bird *** Temperance Lloyd her Examination, taken the 3d day of July, in the 34th year of the Reign of our Soveraign Lord Charles the Second, by the Grace of God, of England, Scotland, France and Ireland King, defender of the Faith, and c. before us Thomas Gift Mayor of the Burrough, Town, and Mannor of Biddiford aforesaid, and John Davie Alderman, two of his Majesties Justices of the Peace within the same Burrough, and c. THe said Informant being brought before us by some Constables of the said Burrough, upon the complaint of Thomas Eastchurch of Biddiford aforesaid Gent. and charged upon suspition of having used some Magical Art, Sorcery, or Witchcraft upon the Body of Grace Thomas of Biddiford aforesaid Spinster; and to-have had Discourse or Familiarity with the Devil in the shape of a black Man: And being demanded how long since she had Discourse or Familiarity with the Devil in the likeness or shape of a black man, Saith, That about the 30th day of September last past she met with the Devil in the shape or likeness of a black Man, about the middle of the Afternoon of that day, in a certain Street or Lane in the Town of Biddiford aforesaid, called Higher Gunstone Lane: And then and there he did tempt and solicit her to go with him to the house of the said Thomas Eastchurch to torment the Body of the said Grace Thomas; which this Examinant at first did refuse to do: But afterwards, by the temptation and perswasion of the Devil the likeness of a black Man as aforesaid, she did go to the house of the said Thomas Eastchurch, and that she went up the stairs after the said black Man; and confesseth, that both of them went up into the Chamber where she the said Grace Thomas was, and that there they found one Anne Wakely the Wife of William Wakely of Biddiford, rubbing and stroking one of the Arms of the said Grace Thomas. And the said Examinant doth further confess, that she did then and there pinch with the Nails of her Fingers the said Grace Thomas in her Shoulders, Arms, Thighs and Legs; and that afterwards they came down from the said Grace Thomas her Chamber into the Street together; and that there this Examinant did see something in the form or shape of a Grey or Braget Cat; and saith that the said Cat went into the said Thomas Eastchurch's Shop. The said Examinant, being further demanded whether she went any more unto the said Thomas Eastchurch's house, faith and confesseth, that the day following she came again to the said Thomas Eastchurch's house invisible, and was not seen by any person; but there this Examinant did meet with the Braget Gat as aforesaid; and the said Gat did retire and leap back into the said Thomas Eastchurch's Shop. The said Examinant, being further demanded when she was at the said Thomas Eastchurch's house the last time, saith, that she was at the said Mr. Eastchurch's house upon Friday the 30th day of June last past; and that the Devil in the shape of the said black Man was there with her: And that they went up again into the said Chamber, where she found the said Grace Thomas lying in her Bed in a very sad condition. Not with-standing which, she this Examinant and the said black Man did torment her again: And saith and confesseth, that she this Examinant had almost-drawn her out of her Bed, and that on purpose to put her the said Grace out of her Life. And further saith, that the black man (or rather the Devil) did promise this Examinant that no one should discover her. And further confesseth, that the said black Man (or rather the Devil, as aforesaid) did suck her Teats which she now hath in her Secret Parts: And that she did kneel down to him in the Street, as she was returning to her own house, and after that they had tormented the said Grace Thomas in manner as last above mentioned. Being demanded of what stature the said black Man was, saith, that he was about the length of her Arm: And that his Eyes were very big; and that he hopt or leapt in the way before her, and afterwards did suck her again as she was lying down; and that his sucking was with a great pain unto her, and afterwards vanish'd clear away out of her sight. This Examinant doth further confess, That upon the first day of June last past, whilst the said Mr. Eastchurch and his Wife were absent, that the said Examinant did pinch and prick the said Grace Thomas (with the aid and help of the blackman, or rather the Devil) in her Belly, Stomach, and Breast; and that they continued so tormenting of her about the space of two or three hours, with an intent to have killed her. And further saith, that at the same time she did see the said Anne Wakely rubbing and chasing of several parts of the said Grace Thomas her Body: Although the said Anne Wakely, being present at taking of this Examination, doth affirm that she did not see the said Examinant. Thomas Gift Mayor. John Davie Alderman. Devon. ss. Biddiford ss. Whereas the said Temperance Lloyd hath made such an ample Confession and Declaration concerning the said Grace Thomas, we the said Mayor and Justices were induced to demand of her some other Questions concerning other Witcheries which she had practised upon the Bodies of several other persons within this Town, viz. SHe the said Examinant did confess, that about the 14 day of March, which was in the year of our Lord 1670. she was Accused, Indicted, and Arraigned, for practising of Witchcraft upon the Body of one William Herbert, late of Biddiford aforesaid, Husbandman: And that although at the Trial of her life at the Castle of Exeter, she was there acquitted by the Judge and Jury then; yet this Examinant doth now confess, that she is guilty thereof, by the perswasion of the black Man; and that she did prick the said William Herbert unto death. Thomas Gift Mayor. John Davie Alderman. *** And whereas upon or about the 15th of May, which was in the year of our Lord 1679. She was accused before the then Mayor and Justices of the Town of Biddiford aforesaid, for practising Witchcraft upon the Body of one Anne Fellow the Daughter of Edward Fellow of Biddiford Gent. And although her Body was then searched by four Women of the Town of Biddiford aforesaid, and the Proofs then against her not so clear and conspicuous, the said Mr. Fellow did not further prosecute against her; yet this Examinant doth now confess that the said black Man or Devil, (or some other black Man or Devil) with her this said Examinant, did do some bodily hurt to the said Anne Fellow, and that thereupon the said Anne Fellow did shortly die and depart this life. Thomas Gist Mayor. John Davie Alderman. Devon. SS. Biddiford SS. WHereas we, Thomas Eastchurch and Elizabeth Eastchurch his Wife, Honor Hooper, and Anne Wakely, upon yesterday, which was the 3d of July, 1682. did give in and deliver our several Informations upon our Oaths, before Thomas Gist Mayor of the Burrough, Town, and Mannor of Biddiford aforesaid, and John Davie Alderman, two of his Majesties Justices of the Peace within the same Burrough, and c. of Biddiford, against Temperance Lloyd of Biddiford aforesaid Widow, for using and practising of Witchcraft upon the Body of Grace Thomas of the same Town Spinster, as by our several Examinations it doth and may appear. *** But because we were dissatisfied in some particulars concerning a piece of Leather which the said Temperance had confessed of unto the said Elizabeth Eastchurch, in such manner as is mentioned in the said Elizabeth Eastchurch's Examination, and we conceiving that there might be some inchantment used in or about the said Leather: Therefore upon this present 4th day of July, we, with the leave and approbation of the said Mr. Gist the Mayor, did bring the said Temperance into the Parish Church of Biddiford aforesaid, in the presence of Mr. Michael Ogilby Rector of the same Parish-Church, and divers other persons, where the said Temperance was demanded by the said Mr. Ogilby how long since the Devil did tempt her to do evil. Whereupon she the said Temperance did say and confess, that about twelve years ago she was tempted by the Devil to be instrumental to the death of William Herbert named in her said Examination. And that the Devil did promise her that she should live well and do well. And she did then also confess that she was thereupon an Instrument of the death of the said William Herbert. And as to the said Grace Thomas, she further said and confessed, that on Friday was Seven night, (which was the 23th day of June last past) she the said Temperance came into the said Thomas Eastchurch's Shop in the form and shape of a Cat; And fetcht out of the same Shop a Puppit or Picture, (commonly called a Childs Baby) and that she carried the same up into the Chamber where the said Grace Thomas did lodge, and left it about the Bed whereon the said Grace Thomas did lie; but would not confess that she had prickt any Pins in the said Puppit or Baby-picture, although she were demanded particularly that Question by the said Mr. Ogilby. Also the said Temperance did then and there confess, that she was the cause of the death of Anne Fellow, the Daughter of Edward Fellow named in her said Examination. Also she did then and there confess, that she was the cause of the death of one Jane Dallyn the late Wife of Symon Dallyn of Biddiford Marriner, by pricking of her in one of her Eyes, which she did so secretly perform, that she was never discovered or punished for the same. Also the said Temperance Lloyd did confess and declare, that she did bewitch unto death one Lydia Burman of Biddiford aforesaid Spinster, because she had been a Witness against her the said Temperance at the Trial for her Life and Death at the Assizes when she was Arraigned for the death of the said William Herbert, and had deposed that the said Temperance had appeared unto her in the shape of a red Pig at such time as the said Lydia was brewing in the house of one Humphry Ackland of Biddiford aforesaid. Being further demanded again in what part of the house of the said Mr. Eastchurch, or in what part of the Bed whereon the said Grace Thomas lay, she left the Puppit or Baby-picture above-mentioned, saith, that she would not nor must not discover; for if she did discover the same, that the Devil would tear her in pieces. And afterwards the said Mr. Ogilby desired the said Temperance to say the Lords Prayer and her Creed; which she imperfectly performing, the said Mr. Ogilby did give her many good Exhortations, and so departed from her. *** And confessed that the said black man told her that she should make an end of her the said Grace Thomas. And further she the said Temperance did say and confess, that the said black Man did promise her the said Temperance that no one should discover her or see her. And she also confessed, that about twelve of the clock of that same night the black Man did suck her in the Street in her Secret parts, she kneeling down to him. That he had blackish Clothes, and was about the length of her Arm. That he had broad Eyes, and a Mouth like a Toad, and afterwards vanisht clear away out of her sight. This Informant Further saith, That he heard the said Temperance to confess, that about the first day of June last past the said black Man was with her again, and told her, that on that night she the said Temperance should make an end of the said Grace Thomas; and confessed that she the said Temperance had that night griped the said Grace Thomas in her Belly, Stomach, and Breast, and clipt her to the Heart. And that the said Grace Thomas did cry out pitifully. And that the said Temperance was about the space of two hours tormenting of her. And that one Anne Wakely (with several other Women) were then present in the Chamber, but could not see her the said Temperance; and that the black Man stood by her in the same Room also.()