Witchcraft

Case 41987

Christopher Winckles of Gorefield, 4 years. Came to me Thursday 8 June 1615, 12.38 pm. Holyrhood day at night. Being Thursday. Betwixt ten & eleven at night.
At half a year old was sick & swooned as if he had the falling sickness. He swooned this last Easter night betwixt 8 & 9. Full of mettle & busy body. & he swooned the Sunday before Whitsunday in the night in his bed. Born Thursday 14 September 1609, 10 pm.
[In chart] Epilepsia.
Has voided great long worms about a quarter of a year since.
[Treatment information.]
They suspect that he is witched.
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Case 12847

Elizabeth Carter of Cranfield, 43 years. 14 years since had a child. Monday 26 November 1599, 10.15 am. Never well since she bred two twins & one died. Pained in her breast.
[In chart] Bewitched.
Elizabeth Carter’s water passing good. Fears that her pain came which is all over her body & was in her nipples out of which pulled out black thorns & prickels at sundry times & this she thinks came to her by some evil tongue as her first husband’s toe did rot by the same means.
Heavy in her body & belly & her tongue pained. Cannot sleep.
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Case 56863

Edward Cleaver of Stoe of 9 churches, 50 years. 9 August 1623, 7.00 am. Was present.
Jane Parbery suspected who confessed that she had a puppy did suck her a twelvemonth since & better after he had said god be thanked for his food. An ill motion came into his mind saying ‘kisse myne arse’. & since daily tempted ever after his praying then an ill motion comes into his hart to say Sir head giddy & when he is over calling & praying to god then he is sorely tempted with profane & ungodly thoughts & sometimes with an inward smiling & laughing in his heart. [Treatment information, including vomiting lozenges, a purge, a pomander about his neck.] His motions in his seeming doe rise from his fundament upward. Urine very aguish.
[Treatment information.]
[Next page] Tempted with ill thoughts against god & a continually crying. Urine aguish. Continually praying & still tempted with profane & unreverent thoughts against god which do mightily torment him. Cannot rest nor follow any business. His ill motions do seem to arise from his fundament. Has had 2 vomiting lozenges, one purge & 4 a pomander. Was 7 times let blood in one year.
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Case 22060

Alice Cooper of Emmerton, 44 years. Friday 4 June 1630, 2.45 pm. Lame in all her joints hands arms legs feet.
[Chart.]
Suspects some witch because it takes his wife very strangely & also his child at diff[erent] times. Very ill. Was advised by one Andrew Ward an Alsman [almsman?] in Rowell an old man to put of some of his wife’s hair [between lines: in the fore part of her head] in 4 places before & nape of the neck behind & over both ears, & then to bore thorough any of her ears to get some of her blood also a farthing worth of brimstone a farthing worth of rosen [resin] bind all together & fling it into the fire any time of the day. If it leaps out to put it in again. If any came for anything not to let them have anything. One Goody Barton came to borrow it & brought it presently again.
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Case 55156

Henry Norman of St. Yeedes, 33 years. Tuesday 22 October 1622, 6.30 pm. Head & stomach. Much urine, clear. Head giddy & light after drinking 2 or 3 days together. Fears bewitching.
[Right] fillet of his left side & flank betwixt his hucklebone
[Chart.]
Did cast his hair into the fire & the party came into his house once & did afterwards forbear & came twice unsent her. & she would not.
[Left margin] his drink be it never so little afford with him.
Melancholy face. A thin urine like well water. Elizabeth Gorford. Apt to be drunk & then great sobbing. So for is pained three days & in a manner stark mad for the time.
[Left column] To six spoonfuls of this stilled milk with as much running water gromell [gromwell] seeds & nutmeg of each as much as will lie on a twelvepence. This moulders his stone.
[Right column] [Treatment information includes red onions, mallows, plantain, stilled in a gallon of milk.] This does him much good.
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Case 13536

Millers, Friday 14 July 1598 7.45 am. Thomas Richardson for his wife. To know what will be her end. About 30 years old. She suspects she has been bewitched. Light headed & talks much of the devil. She can not speak. Sometimes in her fit lets out her excrements.
[Chart.]
It seems she has taken it with a great grief. Her mind much disquieted. She scratched one that she thought had bewitched her. Magnum argumentum est maledicae linguae et hostis odij [The great evidence is of evil speech and the hatred of enemies].
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Case 61852

William & Robert Lewis supposed to be hurt by bad tongues. 24 March 1626, 6.50 pm. Will 15, Robert 12 years.
[In chart] Betwitched.
Roberts water good but has a great patch of white gravel. They be strangely handled of all parts of their bodies & cry out of the witches hand & the use of their senses & wits taken away. They be haunted. The youngest Mr Hamell mended God be thanked. [Astrology.] Will[iam], water more high coloured with a ground. Muddish red grounds.
[Left margin] The children be well out of their fits.
They had vomits & lozenges were let blood. One mended but two elder are worse than before. 1 tab. Sigil Jupiter a little before 8 in the morning. Water of hypericum. Mugwort water.
[Right of page] Will Lewis of Henley of the Temps 15 years. Ill as before or rath[er] worse.
Their speeches in ther fits are all of witch[es]. They say in their fits that they are possessed. They do adjure th[e] witches to come out of them. Their senses are gone & their fits con[tinue?] one hour mo[re] or less & when they are out of their fit they complain of all[in binding]. White gravel of all parts of their bod[ies].
[Over page] Will Lewis had
1. tab 3. d.
2. A purge. Antimony 9 grains. Diagr. 12. Garlic. Jeralog each 4 grains.
3. Water of hypericum or mugwort 3 ounces. Sigil Jupiter. 2 scruples of coral.
The like for Robert Lewis.
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Case 14852

Lettice Ball of Nash, 17 years. Monday 18 April 1603, 11.45 am. Asks whether any evil tongue have power over her. Cannot sleep. Is light headed & sometimes talks idly.
[Treatment information.]
She died the same day.
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Case 67573

Rebecca Bony of Great Addington, Dorset, 54 years. Monday 12 January 1629, 3.00 pm.
[Chart.]
Fears witchery because she was a searcher of a witch that was hanged at Northampton. Head broken out. A bad chest.
[Treatment information.]
Urine good.
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Case 79149

Sara Major of Blaxeley 18 years. Thursday 7 August 1634, 1.30 pm.
[Chart.]
She was born 1 March 1616 at 2 of clock in the morning being Thursday. Vide Mrs Elisabeth Jennyns. Burns much. Complains of a pain in her sides & back. Urine good. Body costive. Was first taken making of hay & lying against a haycock where she felt something to prick her back & again the next day the like. Sometimes one bone in her back came forth & would slip in again & sometime another, at other a third joint & slip in & out again. Took purgations of one Mr Lapworths & Dove & Rawlins of Daventry, an Apothecary, which wrought 10 days together & she is very weak after it. Was at Bath yet grows worse & worse. Is very weak. Has sweating fits & cold fits. Has of late suspected some ill body that has bewitched her. Elisabeth Wickins & Em Taylor her daughter suspected. She is gone into Essex. She came oftentimes to houses.
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Case 73921

Elizabeth Easton of Olny 14 years. 3 March 1632, 10.00 am. Goody Johnson suspected & her daughter & the child. Fell out & since ill. Sorely tormented in her throat. Cannot swallow cannot stand nor go. Her water passes. Hands & feet dead & can scarce speak. Hiccups.
[Left margin] Cannot make water. Sorely tempted.
[Chart.]
[Right of chart] Last night scratched the woman suspected. Faint & her daughter fell out with this child.
[Below chart] Has some swounding fits with skriking.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 66414

Alice Shepheard of Stukeley, 38 years. Friday 20 June 1628, 1.00 pm.
Has had 10 & seven died. They live a month & then die. Utrum malef sit passa [whether witchcraft is suffered]. 7 dead & 3 living 7 boys & 3 wenches.
[Chart.]
A sanguine complexion. Youngest child a week old & she does suckle it. Put them to nurse for her milk does not agree with them. Some live a year some 3 years. Some half a year some less. Suspects some bad body.
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Case 79504

Margaret Franklin of Marson, 26 years. Monday 4 September, 1637, 2.00 pm.
[Chart.]
Fears some ill tongue. Strangely handled with a pain in her sides & chest, vomits sometimes. Her youngest child a quarter old. Had something to wear about her neck of my uncle which did her a good so long as she wore that, she was well & fine. That she has lost it she has been ill again as before. She had it a year before my uncle died Her name was Forster then. Sigil Jupiter with a ribbon. They suspected Joan Millard of Cardington to have done her much hurt.
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Case 79115

Mrs Eleanor Aylet of Magdalen Laver in Essex, 43 years. Wednesday 9 July 1634, 7.45 am. Came her self. July 9 Wednesday 7.45 am 1634. Suspects witchcraft.
[Chart.] [Astrology.]
Elizabeth Spacy in high rowding near Anthrop Hall.
Richard Pavitt & his wife Rebecca of Leaden Roading
Parnel Sharp
Anne Matthew of Harlow
Jeffrey Holmes & Joan & her Mother Joan Dowsett
Very much troubled in her head & a dazzling in her eyes. Fumes ascending from the stomach causing those distempers. Urine good but with a great white sediment. Aches with a weak back.
[In margin] Rheumatic, subject to cholic & phlegm.
Troubled many times with a flushing heat. Yet of a pale complexion. Fainting many times by fits which takes her from the soles of her feet to the crown of her head. Sometimes more vehemently than others. Sleeps not well. Sometimes costive. Was taken so ill first in child bed & yet hath had 9 children since. Was ill before the death of her first husband who was an Aylett too. Witchery suspected. Husband, daughter & her self & her cattle that they can neither make butter nor cheese, it smells very ill.
[Charm/treatment note: orao. dne ora ante venificiu & that any thing.]
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Case 39163

Mrs Elisabeth Belchar of Gilborough 25 years. Friday 7 February 1612, 2.20pm. 13 years married. Was here in person, Nescio quis oculus [I do not know what eye [bewitches]].
[In chart] She was bewitched & the witches were hanged at Northampton. Nescio quis occulus morbus caducus vel hysterico passio [I do not know what eye [bewitches]. The falling sickness or hysteric passion].
Her brother on a time did grip so sorely about her stomach that she swounded with it. & ever since ill & does swound again still. Head chest & stomach, back, legs, arms, sharebone, & veins do swell. Melancholy causes it to come & will talk & decry all that is in her heart in her sleep.
[Left margin] Head light. Legs continually cold. Metuit veneficium [fears witchcraft]. A sinking & pricking of her heart.
Is pined & consumed. Her throat swells. Her chest swells. Two veins under, gryping about her neck, before her sickness does take her, do swell.
[Right of page] [Treatment information.]
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Case 76582

Elizabeth Cox of Olnye. 16 years. Monday 4 March 12.30pm, 1633. Was ill about 2 years since being bewitched, & the witch was executed for it at Aylesbury. This morning about 4 was taken with the like fits again. She complained that some body pricked her in the feet & from thence it struck up into her body. Screeches & foams at mouth & sets her teeth together ready to bite off her tongue.
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Case 79097

Mrs Eleanor Aylett of Magdalen Laver 10 June 1634, 8.00 am.
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Has been sorely tormented & vexed with a company of witches her self, her son & her cattle, & is at this time very sorely handled & fears they will work her end. Her cows give her very puddles of milk as good as nothing at some times good milk & then afterwards very puddles. & the cows are very sick & are often times troubled about the yard. In the beginning she is very hot then a flushing burning. Then soon after very cold again. Something comes a fly roaring & buzzing about her.
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Case 79174

Mrs Eleanor Aylett of Magdalen Leaver. Tuesday 7 October, 1634, 9.45 am. For her self & her child. She sent hither the 22nd of September.
[Chart.]
1.Taken with a fainting fit & a chillness. Pained in her teeth & a flushing all over her body. Her cattle grow dry & give not so much milk as they used to do. Suspects Elizabeth Spacy most.
2. Her child which is 5 years old has a sore grown upon her back which does run & has been thus this month. Desires something for it.
3. Her son which is 6 years old was taken in the night & his eyelids drawn away & diverse little knobs like warts on his eye lids. Was very well when he went to bed & was disfigured in one night.
There was a match propounded her for her daughter & it brake off again. Now there is another offered & desires to know the issue whether it will be good to harken to it or no.
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Case 71407

Mr Penrids daughter of Barkamsted, 9 years. Monday 21 February, 1631, 2.30 pm.
[In chart] Has been very ill a long time. Lying upon her back she will bend like a hoop, that her heels will touch her head & something stirs in her belly as if it were alive. Her friends suppose her to be under some ill tongue.
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Case 43281

John Rachell of Elstoe, 6 years. Saturday 27 April 1616, 10.30am. Lame in the knees a fortnight ever since Goody Slone was denied to bake with her.
[Chart.]
Fears that one Goody Slone has wronged it.
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Case 9425

Katherine Brook of Blackwall of Poplar, 60 years. Thursday 18 June 1601, 8.15 am. Diz [the nature of the disease]. The late wife of George Brook.
[Chart.]
It is of Saturn in Scorpio, Moon separating from Venus in Leo. Paint a figure of too great pain stomach, back, head. Gripes & cold. She has most pain in her back & stomach & vomits & scours. Her ordure comes up at her mouth and so will die or escape hard 9 days hence & has marvelous fits & it takes her about the navel first & so works upward. She seems to be bewitched. Prepare 3 days & purge & burn her water or make a cake of rye flour & her urine.
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Case 46806

Agnys Butresse of Fænystratford, 24 years. Saturday 6 June 1618, 4.00 pm. Makes grievous moan for her senses cannot follow any business. Went to drown herself last Monday but she returned & said that he would not; & praised God that she had escaped it. A bad tongue feared. Give her in Gods holy name a thing to hang about her neck.
[Next page] A year since had a Sigil on her neck & all spent took it off her neck & lay it in the floor & then as it were a great black Dog came to her & lay in her lap.
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Case 17896

Elisabeth Kay of Halstone, 24 years. 12 September, 1602. A maiden.
[Chart.]
Fears a timpany. Is mightily hoven in her body face head chest body legs. Legs do run with clear water & her thighs run. Her wind is ready to be stopped. [Treatment information.] Goody Smallbone hanged for witchery. She said that she left worst behind her. Suspect one Goody Bailey. Thinks that she is haunted with some sprite or witch as she terms it. Her body pimples like to a gooseskin. Ever short winded.
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Case 30527

Mary Assop of Harborough, 40 years. Tuesday 27 January 1607, 9. 30 am. The husband for his wife without consent.
[In chart] Mopish & senseless.
[Treatment information.] Never well since her last child the last Lent which lives still. Prays & calls upon God & thanks him. Her eyesight fails her. [Astrology.] Elisabeth Wakeline kneeled down upon her knees & prayed unto god in her own house before the woman & prayed to God that Mary Austoppe might never have her health so long as she had a tongue to speak again she said the plague of god light upon her & all the plagues in hell light upon her. Her urine dunnish & somewhat blackish with hanes of purulenta materia en fundo [festering matter in the bottom]. Stinking strong & filthy. Heart hot & eats very well. Almost a year thus. The woman was at her travail thus cursing her & said although I have not my wish one way yet I have it another way.
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Case 11790

Joan Nelson of Mowlsoe, 52 years. Friday 10 November 1598, 8.35 am. Having taken a smay because her husband on a time beating her maid for denying of that which her husband knew to the contrary, she bearing of the blows when her husband struck her. It fortuned within a while after the servant died & the mother of that child said she would never live until she had hanged him for killing of her daughter. Since which time she ever vomits black soot every day for this twelve months. 14 years ago or thereabout her servant beaten died. She loses of her beasts & kines fat & good on a sudden since yesterday yea & sometimes she can make no butter. No physic will go downward but upward all, & that as much without physic as with it.
[In chart] Once in a week to ground. Burnt in body. Excrement hard & little, like sheep trittles. She fears her liver is wasted.
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Case 12256

Jane Cuknole of Torceter, 28 years. Friday 20 April 1599, 7.00 pm. Ever since Candlemas lunatic. Came in her own person to me. Lunatic & sometimes dumb. Will not converse with her husband. Hates her children.
[In chart] It is of Venus in Cancer.
Clubber suspected to have her. & that by her injuries felt a cold rise. These apples stick in her throat that she bought of goody Clubber’s maid. Eats her meat. Her water very red & of a bloody colour full of black cloudy cobwebs.
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Case 19083

Grace Hall of Faeny Stratford 26 years. Wednesday 25 March 1601, 9.30 am.
With child. Pained in her head. Doubts she is bewitched. Would not take what I sent her. Cries out. She is bewitched. Light headed. Has no sense nor care to do anything. She tells everyone that comes to her that her child that died, her cattle, & now her self is bewitched. Goody Bricknell suspected.
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Case 17265

Elisabeth Gascoyne of Wickgen,17 years. Wednesday 16 June 1602, 3. 45 pm. She scratched a woman & so mended.
[In chart] Took her disease with a scare & frighting.
By fits wonderfully handled. It is of Mars in Scorpio Moon separating from Sun in Pisces. About Shrovetide had her sickness & never since. Chest stomach heart & swounded at the first taking of her sickness & after pained in her back. & was taken suddenly & fell down dead & quaked & will hang upon her mistress. Urine of a good colour & fears Goody Hooke of it that fell out with her for apples that she sold. This Elisabeth Gascoyne after it she had scratched the party & wiped away the blood on a rag & cast it into the fire & mended presently.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 18322

Agnys Thorneton of Eckton, 38 years. Monday 29 November 1602, 12.20 pm. Wonderfully tormented in her throat. Cannot swallow anything. Joints ill, shoulder & head as if it would pull her in pieces. & yet not heart sick. Suspect some to have done her harm. One of them was hanged & the other in Northampton gaol. Alice Smyth thought to have done all the mischief who is now in prison. Ever since Whitsontide.
[In chart] Bewitched.
One of the women confessed that June Smiley did bewitch to death a child & [iij] 3 women. & this woman pines & consumes away.
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Case 79335

Mrs Joan Prescott of the Priory in Kimbolton parish, 65 years. Sunday 24 May 1635, 12.45 pm.
[Chart.]
Suspects herself to be under an ill tongue. Without any just cause given on her part. Has a suspicion of two persons viz of one Ann Hart & widow Wardbois of Kimbolton parish in the county of Huntington. But most especially of the said Ann Hart being a woman of a bad conversation in reviling, cursing, swearing & so noted by her neighbours for that divers of her neighbours have suspected her to be the only occasion of the loss of their several goods as horses, cows, calfs, pigs & hens, ducks.
She is very much tormented in her body both inwardly in her bowels by pricking & pulling & gnawing & pricking at her heart & sometimes outwardly all over her body sometimes in her head & then in her eyes, shoulders, arms, hands, thighs, knees, legs & no place free & sometimes reasonable well & then comes again & thus she has been this 10 weeks. Has taken much physic & wrought reasonable well with her. But yet she continues as ill as ever. Sleeps indifferent well now often yet heretofore could not sleep well. Is troubled many times taken with a rising up to her thro[at] even ready to stop her. Urine very good. Body very costive. Much troubled with wind.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 24451

Anne Wade of Hampsted daughter to Sir William Wade. 14 years this next May. Sunday 23 April 1615, 12.50 pm. Taken in her tongue ever since 4 years old & does stumble & stuttle & can scarce bring fourth a ready word. The mother without consent.
[Chart.]
[Astrology.]
This child was sensible at 3 but afterward grew like a changeling senseless & as a natural. Grows well of a pretty stature & countenance good. & eats well & holds down her head much & loves to be solitary. & still is clapping her hands scratching people by the hands & laughs after it & is still in motion stirring & walking & playing with her hands & cannot rest in any place. Yet witless. [Her mother] has had many child & goodly. & many strangely handled. [One] weake in his limbs downwards & dead. Hath a little child of 4 & 5 deaf & Dumb, & a boy of 6 years & he is deaf & dumb & he begins to speak a little of late & hears a little. Another of 9 is lame & goes ill. Widow Bradly suspected & hanged. 6 years since. Widow Hunt also suspected.
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