Alice Aylett Witch of Braintree

Alice Aylett of Braintree – 1st accused of Witchcraft in 1579.

Executed by hanging on the 27th August 1589 in Chelmsford, Essex.

Alice was the wife of my 13th great-uncle Thomas Aylett, Shoemaker of Braintree.

I have listed below the trial details.

Q/SR 110/75-79

Dates of Creation 1580-1589

Indictment of Alice Aylett of Braintree, spinster, [wife of Thomas Aylett of the same, shoemaker]

She was charged with being a witch and enchantress as well of men as of animals and other things, for enhanting Margery Egles, daughter of Thomas Egles, at Braintree on 10 August, 31 Elizabeth [A.D.1589], so that she gravely languished until 1 November then next following; and for enhanting Rachel Skynner, daughter of William Skynner, at the same on 1 August [1589], so that she gravely languished until 10 November then next following; and for enhanting Henry Joye at the same on 5 November [1589], so that he gravely languished until 1 December then next following; and for enhanting Susan Parman, being about the age of six years, at the same on 6 March, 22 Elixabeth [1579-80], so that she languished until 26 April, 25 Elizabeth [1583], so that he languished until 1 August, 28 Elizabeth [A.D.1586], when he died; and the jurors say that the said Alice by her charms and enhantments and of her malice aforethought slew and murdered the said Susan and Simon.

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