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John StarchieA boy from Cleworth in the County of Lancashire in the parish of Leigh, known to be the son of Nicholas Starchie and the brother of Anne Starchie, who at the age of ten allegedly began to suffer fits caused by Edmund Hartley. His fits started at school, where he could not keep himself from shouting, and progressing until they became more extreme. At various times, he would bleed abundantly, loudly blaspheme, cause a loud whupping noise, fall as if dead, gnash his teeth, or vomit. John Starchie described the possession as coming and going from him as a ill-favoured, hunchbacked man. He would also bite at people, snatch various things, and throw whatever came to hand. He developed supernatural strength, the ability to foretell his fits, and could tell what it was that someone was bringing him to drink ahead of time.(Image 5, 8, 9, 19, 21)At Cleworth in Lancashire within the parish of Leigh, ther dweleth one Nicholas Starchie gentleman who having only two children it went thus with them in the beginning of februari 1594 first Anne his daughter being 9 Yeares olde, was taken with a dumpish and heauie countenaunce and with a certaine fearefull starting and pulling together of her body about a weeke after Iohn Starchie his sonne of the age of 10 yeares, as he was going to the schoole was compelled to shout, neither was able to staie himselfe. after the waxed worse and worse, falling into often and extreame fits, M Starchie seeking for remidy, after 9 or 10 weekes, heard of one Edmund Hartlay a coniurer to whom he repaired, made knowne his greife, & with large profers craued his helpe. [...] at length he fained as thought he would haue gone into another country, but wether M Star. might not know: when he begane to goe his way, Iohn fell of bleedinge, then presently he was sent for again, who affirmed that if he had bene 40 rodes of, no man could hau stanched him. & thus it fell out at other tims [...] Not long after our comming all 7. being had into a chamber, the one of vs applyed his speach according to the present occasion: and then behold all of them even Iane Ashton, and M Starchies children were presently most greuiously tormented Yea, Satan in Iohn Starchie exceeded for crueltye. And thus they contynued all that afternoone. 3. or 4. of them gaue themselues to Scoffing and Blasphemy, calling the holy Bible being brought vp bible bable, bible bable. and thus they did a loud and often All or most of them ioyned together in a strang and supernatural loud whupping that the house and ground did sound therwith againe by reason wherof we were dryven (as I maye say) out of the chamber and keept out for that daye. [...] Iohn Starchy the next was so miserably rent that aboundance of blod gushed out both at his nose and mouth. As the day before, so that day he gnashed fearfully with his teeth, he also lay as dead about the like time, soe that some said to vs, he seemeth to be dead. Then start he vp likwise on the suddain, & praysed god in most cherful & comfortable manner. And so did the rest, who also made sundry tymes greate shewe of vomyting and nowe and then vomyted indeede, somthing like fleam thick spettle. Theis. 4. especially. 3. of them vsed much light behauinur and vayn gestures, sundry also filthy scurrilous speaches, but whispering then for the most part among themselues, so as they were no let to that holy exercise we then had in hand. Somtimes also they spake blasphemy calling the word preached, bible bable he will neuer haue done prating, prittle prattle [...] Iohn Starchie: said it went from hym lyke a man with a bulch on his blacke very yll fauored. and presently he returned to haue reentered, but he withstood hym strong in faith. the same in effect said M Hard. Anne Starchy said, he went like a foule vgly man, with a white beard and a great bulch on his brest as big as a mans head. and straitway returned to haue reentered, but she faithfully resisted, Euen so said El. Hol. the whit beard excepted. [...] nor 3. or 4. of them in theire whispering speaches actions gestures, and countenances, haue at that time and duringe that holy action carryed themselues so wonderfull vainly as they did and Iohn Starchy sometimes (as we haue heard) in byting, or snatching at euery one that was neare him, throwing what came to hys hand at whomsoeuer, shewed himselfe therein for the present to be mad. [...] Such supernaturall knowledge (as well as strength) haue all those had, whom I affirme to haue bene possesed with vncleane spirites. For hence it came to passe that those in Lancashire foretold there fits, the number, manner and continuance of them. Iohn star. could tell whether it was cleane water they brought him()