The Story Of The Pendle Witches!

The Pendle Witch Trial of 1612
At the assizes at Lancaster in the autumn of 1612, twenty persons, of whom sixteen were women of various ages, were committed for trial, and most of them tried for witchcraft.

Their names were:

Elizabeth Southerns, alias Demdike
Elizabeth Device daughter of Demdike
James Device son of Elizabeth Device
Alison Device daughter of Elizabeth Device
Anne Whittle alias Chattox
Anne Redferne daughter of Chattox
Alice Nutter
Jane Bulcock
John Bulcock son of Jane Bulcock
Katherine Hewitt alias Mould-heels
Isabel Robey
Margaret Pearson
Margaret Pearson was tried 1st for murder by witchcraft; 2nd for bewitching a neighbour; 3rd for bewitching a horse; and, being acquitted of the two former charges, was sentenced for the last to stand upon the pillory in the markets of Clitheroe, Padiham, Colne, and Lancaster for four successive market days, with a printed paper upon her head, stating her offence.

The twelve persons already named were styled Witches of Pendle Forest.

The following eight were called
Witches of Samlesbury:

Jennet Bierley
Ellen Bierley Daughter of Jennet Bierley
Jane Southworth
John Ramsden
Elizabeth Astley
Alice Gray
Isabel Sidegraves
Lawrence Haye
The last four were discharged without trial.

The sensation produced by these trials was immense, not only in this, but throughout neighbouring counties, and Thomas Potts, the clerk of the court, was directed by the judges of assize, Sir Edward Bromley and Sir James Altham to collect and publish the evidence and other documents connected with the trial, under the revision of the judges themselves.

From Lancashire Folklore, 1882
John Harland and T.T. Wilkinson.


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