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Eleanor [née Eleanor Cobham], duchess of Gloucester (c. 1400–1452), alleged sorcerer, was the second wife of Humphrey, duke of Gloucester, and attracted notoriety when convicted and imprisoned for treasonable necromancy in 1441. The fourth child of Sir Reginald (or Reynold) Cobham of ...

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Freer, Ada Goodrich (1857–1931), folklorist and psychical researcher, was born at Uppingham on 15 May 1857, the daughter of George Freer, a veterinary surgeon, and his wife, Mary, née Adcock. Throughout her life she concealed her origin, giving the impression of coming from ...

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Glover, Mary (b. 1587/8), demoniac, was the daughter of Timothy Glover, a shopkeeper in the parish of All Hallows-the-Less, Thames Street, London. She was fourteen when, according to the account of her affliction by Stephen Bradwell, she was sent on an errand to the house of an old charwoman, ...

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Gowdie, Isobel (fl. 1662), alleged witch, first appears as the wife of John Gilbert and an inhabitant of the farmstead at Loch Loy, near Auldearn, in highland Scotland. Although she was later supposed to have begun practising witchcraft in 1647, it was in spring 1662 that she was implicated in a plot to harm ...

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Gunter, Anne (bap. 1584), demoniac, was baptized at Hungerford on 10 May 1584, the fifth and youngest child of Brian Gunter (c.1540–1628) and Anne Gunter (d. 1617). She enjoyed a brief period of fame in the summer and autumn of 1605 when ...

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Hibbins, Ann (d. 1656), convicted witch, whose early years are obscure, may have been the sister of Richard Bellingham, a governor of Massachusetts. Claims to this effect are perhaps based on John Winthrop's statement that Bellingham was the brother-in-law of her husband, William Hibbins (...

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