CP.H.1505
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Reference:CP.H.1505
Repository:Borthwick Institute GB 193


Court:undefined
Case:Defamation (witchcraft)
Details:3 Pieces; Has deposition; No libel; No sentence
Outcome:
Date: 12/4/1622 — 5/7/1622


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People & Places
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Participant:Jane   Kay [Key]
Role:plaintiff
Details:female



Participant:Anne   Cook [Coake]
Role:defendant
Details:female; wife of Martin Cook



Participant:Nicholas   Daniel [Daniell]
Role:witness
Details:male; 40
Location:York, Holy Trinity (micklegate) (Yorkshire)
Place(s):Dringhouses (Dringhouses) : undefined



Participant:Christopher   Cawood [Cawood]
Role:witness
Details:male; 36
Location:York, Holy Trinity (micklegate) (Yorkshire)
Place(s):Dringhouses (Dringhouses) : undefined



Participant:Peter   Bateman [Bateman]
Role:witness
Details:male



Participant:Richard   Wood [Wood]
Role:witness
Details:male



Participant:Anne   Crossland [Crosland]
Role:witness
Details:female



Participant:Thomas   Candy [Candie]
Role:witness
Details:male
Location:Wakefield, All Saints (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Wakefield (Wakefeild) : undefined



Associated Places
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Location:Acomb (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Dringhouses (Dringhouses) : undefined
Location:Kirkby Wharfe (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Ulleskelf (Ulleskelffe) : undefined
Location:Almondbury (Almondbury) : undefined
Abstract

Anne claimed that Jane had defamed her by declaring publically that she was a witch and accusing her of ‘ungodly & unchristian practices’. No libel or sentence survives for this cause, only the statement of Jane’s proctor and some witnesses who spoke, mainly, of various attempts by the plaintiff and her husband to procure false testimony. One stated that he had been sent for to come to ‘the house of one Chr[is]tofer Cawood situate in Dringhouses aforesaid, and in a most ungodly and unchristian manner did indeavo[u]r to corrupte and p[er]swade him to come and be deposed in the same cause and to say that he heard the said Jane Key call the said Anne Oake witch and that they wolde content him for his paines’. He claimed that ‘the said Peter Bateman and Martin Oake’ were acting out of fear that ‘theire wicked and ungodly practices sholde be discov[er]ed’. This case contains no sentence.

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