CP.I.56
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Reference:CP.I.56
Repository:Borthwick Institute GB 193


Court:Consistory
Case:Defamation (witchcraft)
Details:4 Pieces; Has deposition; Has libel; No sentence
Outcome:
Date: 1701 — 1704


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Participant:Agnes  Bradley [Broadley]
Role:plaintiff
Details:female; Widow



Participant:Anthony  Mason [Mason]
Role:defendant
Details:male
Location:Calverley (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Calverley (Calverley) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:John  Pearson [Pearson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 33
Employment:Clothier
Location:Calverley (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Bagley (Bagley) : undefined



Participant:Anne  Hast [Hast]
Role:witness
Details:female; 30; Wife of William Hast
Employment:Clothier
Location:Calverley (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Calverley (Calverley) : ecclesiastical parish
Notes:Cannot identify the surname 'Hast'.



Abstract

Agnes claimed that Anthony had defamed her by declaring openly that she ‘was a whore & a witch & that he would prove her a whore & a witch & that she bewitched his the Anthony Mason’s wife to Death & that he would swear that she bewitched  his s[ai]d wife to Death’. Agnes brought witnesses who confirmed that Anthony had accused her of witchcraft at his own house in Rodley. The cause closes with Anthony’s response. He denies having ever spoken such words and thus claims that he has not damaged or lessened the reputation of Agnes.      

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