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WITCHES IN ENGLAND

Witches and Witchtrials in England, the Channel Islands, Ireland and Scotland

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Compiled by Marc Carlson
It was last edited 12 July 2004

Much of this work was based on the "Calender of Witch Trials" in European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500. Berkeley: University of California Press, by Richard Keickhefer. Please note, this listing is not intended to be exhaustive, but is an ongoing compilation, as this evidence comes out.

England
Date Place # Name Sex Notes and sources:
(Late 10thC) England, London 1 ??? f A woman and her son were tried for driving stakes into an image of a man. She was taken and drowned at London Bridge, while the son escaped and became outlawed. Earliest known witchhunt in England (Source: Crawford, Jane "Evidences for Witchcraft in Anglo-Saxon England")
(Late 10thC) England, London 1 ??? m A woman and her son were tried for driving stakes into an image of a man. She was taken and drowned at London Bridge, while the son escaped and became outlawed. Earliest known witchhunt in England (Source: Crawford, Jane "Evidences for Witchcraft in Anglo-Saxon England")
1177 ? 1 Eleanor of Aquitaine f Queen of England. Duchess of Aquitaine. Eleanor and four witches purportedly poisoned Rosamond Clifford (Source: ?)
1177 ? 4 ? ? Eleanor and four witches purportedly poisoned Rosamond Clifford (Source: ?)
1222 England, Oxford 2 ??? f A young man and two women were brought before the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton for crucifying the boy and displaying the stigmata. (Source: Kittridge, Witchcraft in Old and New England, 46)
1222 England, Oxford ??? m A young man and two women were brought before the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton for crucifying the boy and displaying the stigmata. (Source: Kittridge, Witchcraft in Old and New England, 46)
1222 England 1 ??? m A Jewish Necromancer was accused of wrapping a boy in the skin of a dead man for divination (Source: Kittridge, Witchcraft in Old and New England, 46)
1279 England, York 1 ??? f John de Kerneslawe killed a witch that had entered his house. The local clergy had her body burned. (Source: Kittridge, Witchcraft in Old and New England, 47)
1286 England, York 1 Darel, Godfrey m A Cistercian monk of Rievaulx was reported to the Archbishop of York as a practitioner of Witchcraft. (Source: Kittridge, Witchcraft in Old and New England, 48)
1289-90 England 1 de Stratton, Adam m Chancellor of the Exchequer. Arrested and tried for embezzling, extortion, and sorcery. (Source: Kittridge, Witchcraft in Old and New England, 48)
1301-3 England 1 Langton, Walter m Bishop of Coventry. Tried by ecclesiastical court for diabolism and acquitted. (Sources: Flores historiarum, ed. Henry Richards Luard (Rolls Series, XCV), III (London, 1890), 305f ; Rymer, Foedera, I, Pt IV, 27f (reprinted in part in Hansen, Quellen, 2). Lea, History of the Inquisition, III, 451; Kittredge, Witchcraft, 24; Ewen, Witchcraft and Demonianism, 28f ; Rose, Razor, 64f ; Alice Beardwood, 'The Trial of Walter Langton, Bishop of Lichfield, 1307-12', Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, N.S., LIV, Pt III (Philadelphia, 1964), esp. 7f (with further sources cited in notes). Kieckhefer, Richard. European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976.)
1302 England, Exeter 1 Mody, John m Trial for defamation; Mody had called Reginald Kene's wife a 'wicked witch and thief'. (Sources: Wright, 'Municipal Archives', 307 (from MS); Kittredge, Witchcraft, 50; Kieckhefer, Richard. European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976)
1302 England, Exeter 1 ??? f Woman tried by municipal court for dealing with witches and enchanters. (Sources: Wright, 'Municipal Archives', 307 (from MS); Kittredge, Witchcraft, 5 I; Ewen, Witchcraft and Demonianism, 29. Kieckhefer, Richard. European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976)
1311 England, London ? ??? ? Investigation by Bishop Baldock of sorcery, enchantment, magic, divination, and invocation. (Sources: Kittredge, Witchcraft, 51; Kieckhefer, Richard. European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976)
1314/15 England 1 Tannere, John m (Aka John Canne) Claimed to be the son of Edward I. Hanged for attempt to gain crown through diabolical aid; had served devil more than three years. (Sources: Kittredge, Witchcraft, 242; Kieckhefer, Richard. European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976)
1324 England, Coventry 1 Nottingham, John of m (aka Master John) Died in custody (Sources: Kittredge, Witchcraft, 77;. Wedeck, A treasury of Witchcraft)
1325 English, Coventry 1 Robert le Mareschal m He and his lodger Master John of Nottingham and 27 clients (The Burghers of Coventry) were charged before a secular court with employing him and another "necromancer" to use sorcery in an attempt on life of King Edward II, the Despensers, and several other officials. (Sources: Wright, Contemporary Narrative, xxiii-xxix; excerpt in English transl. in Montague Summers, The Geography of Witchcraft (New York, 1927), 82-4, with original text 189 n.43. Lea, History of the Inquisition, III, 458; Kittredge, Witchcraft, 77; H. G. Richardson, 'Year Books and Plea Rolls as Sources of Historical Information" Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, ser.4, V (1922), 35; Ewen, Witchcraft and Demonianism, 29; Kieckhefer, Richard. European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976; Robbins, Russell Hope. The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology. New York: Bonanza Books, 1959)
1325 England, Coventry 27 ??? m Acquitted. Charged before a secular court with employing him and another "necromancer" to use sorcery in an attempt on life of King Edward II, the Despensers, and several other officials. (Sources: See Robert le Mareschal)
1330 England 1 Edmund m Earl of Kent. Edward was condemned for obtaining important information from demon, through mediation of friar. (Sources: Kittredge, Witchcraft, 53; Kieckhefer, Richard. European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976)
1331 England, Southwark 3 ??? m A man tried by royal court for sorcery. along with with a client and his associate. The subjects claimed to have used image magic only to obtain friendship but the jury determined that intent was murder.
(Sources: Sayles, Select Cases, V, 53-7. Thomas, Keith. Religion and the Decline of Magic, 1971., 467. Kieckhefer, Richard. European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976)
1336 England 1 Altefax, William m Pope Benedict XII wrote to the Bishop of Paris to have William Altefax, nigromanticus de Anglia and with him, his plates (Laminas) that he used in his magical operations. (Sources: Kitteridge, Witchcraft, 53; Kieckhefer, Richard. European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976).
1337 England, Hatfield 1 ??? m Man tried by manorial court for failure to deliver devil as arranged in commercial transaction; case dismissed. (Sources: Ewen, Witchcraft and Demonianism; Kieckhefer, Richard. European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976)
1366 England 1 ??? m A certain carpenter died after final reconciliation to the Church, having lived for 15 years with a pact with the devil; There were no recorded judicial proceedings. (Sources: James Tait, ed., Chronica Johannis de Reading et Anonymi Cantuariensis, 1346-1367 (Manchester, 1914), 176, Kittredge, Witchcraft, 242; Robbins, Russell Hope. The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology. New York: Bonanza Books, 1959, 209; Kieckhefer, European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976)
1371 England, Southwark 1 ??? m Man tried by royal court for invocation; possessed book for experimenta and Saracen's head for enclosure of demon; disclaimed use of head; released. (Sources: Sayles, Selected Cases, V, 162; Thomas, Keith. Religion and the Decline of Magic, 1971., 467. Kieckhefer, European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976) According to Robbins, Russell Hope. The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology. New York: Bonanza Books, 1959, he was arrested for possessing a Grimoire, a skull and the head of a corpse, and was released on a promise to never again perform magical rituals.
1376 England 1 ??? m A Friar of St. Albans associated with Alice Perrers tried by ecclesiastical court for love magic and image magic directed at king Edward III. (n.b. Although Kieckhefer identifies the friar as Dominican, the monastary at St. Albans was Benedictine.)(Sources: Chronicon Angliae, ab anno Domini 1328 usque ad annum 1388, auctore monacho quodam Sancti Albani (Rolls Series, LXIV), ed. Edward Maunde Thompson (London, 1874), 97-100. Kittredge, Witchcraft, 78, 105; Ewen, Witchcraft and Demonianism, 34. Kieckhefer, European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500. Berkeley: University of California Press, ; Bottomley, Abbeys, Monastaries and Churches)
1382 (4/10) England, London 1 Berewold, Robert m Pilloried for pretending to practice the "Art Magic" (Source: Riley's Memorials, pp. 475-6, citing Letter Book H, f.clv.)
1382 England, London 1 Northamptone, William m Pilloried for pretending to practice the "Art Magic" (Source: Riley's Memorials, pp. 475-6, citing Letter Book H, f.clx.)
1385 England, London 1 Brugges, John m Chaplain. One of 2 men tried by ecclesiastical court for magic. They were imprisoned by the Bishop of London "until the church was satisfied". (Sources: Calendar of Patent Rolls, 1385-1389, 63; Kittredge, Witchcraft, 56. Kieckhefer, Richard. European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976)
1385 England, London 1 Wyghton, John m Tailor. One of 2 men tried by ecclesiastical court for magic. They were imprisoned by the Bishop of London "until the church was satisfied". (Sources: Calendar of Patent Rolls, 1385-1389, 63; Kittredge, Witchcraft, 56. Kieckhefer, Richard. European witch trials, their ...


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