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SWP No. 119

Margaret Scott Executed, September 22, 1692

SWP No. BoySal3-3.36

( Frances Wycom v. Margaret Scott )

The deposistion of frances wycum who testifyeth and saith that quickly after the first court at [Salem] about wicthcraft margerit Scott whom I very well knew: or hir Apperance came to me and did most greviously torment me by choaking and almost presing me to death: and so she did continue affleting me by times tell the 5'th August 1692 being the day of hir examination allso during the time of hir examination margerit scott did most greviously afflect me: and also severall times sence: and I beleve in my heart that margerit Scott is a wicth and that she has often afflected me by acts of wicthcraft

frances Wycum owned: to the grand Inquest: that the above written evidence: is the truth upon oath: Sept'r 15: 1692: Jurat in Curia.

(Reverse) frances Wycomb ags't Margaret Scott

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2, Page 45 )


SWP No. BoySal3-3.37

( Phillip Nelson and Sarah Nelson v. Margaret Scott )

#[also] phillip Nellson and Sarah his wife doe testifie and say that for Two or three years be fore #[the said] Robert Shilleto dyed we have often hard him complaining of margerit Scott for hurting of him and often said that she was a wicth and so he continewed complaining of Margarit Scott saying he should never be well so long as margerit Scott lived & so he Complayned of Margret Scott: att times untill he dyed

Phillip Nelson and Sarah his wife affirmed: upon their oath to the grand Inquest that the above written evidence: is the truth

Sept'r 15: 1692 Jurat in Curia
(Reverse) Sarah Nelson Depo ag'st Mary Scott
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 45 )

SWP No. BoySal3-3.37b

(Indictment of Margaret Scott (copy))

Indicmt agst Margaret Scott, for bewitching Frances Wijcomb.

Essex in the ProvinceAnno RR & Reginae Gulielmi
of the Massachusetts& Mariae &c Quarto An-
Bay in New Engldnoq; Domi 1692. ss.

The Jurors for our Soue Lord and Lady the King
and Queen doe Present That Margaret Scott, of Row-
ley, In the County of Essex, Widdow: Upon the fifth
day of August In the yeare aforesaid and divers other
days and times as well before as after Certaine detesta-
ble Arts Called Witchcraft and Soceries Wickedly Mal-
litiously and feloniously hath used practiced and Exercised
At and in the towne of Salem in the County aforesaid in
upon and against one Frances Wijcomb, of Rowley,
aforesaid Single Woman by which sd Wicked Acts the said
Frances Wijcomb, ye day and yeae aforesaid and divers
other days and times both before and after was and is
Tortured Afflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tor-
mented, and also for sundry other Acts of Witchcraft by
the said Margaret Scott, Committed and done before and
since that time against the Peace of our Soue Lord and
Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and Dignity and
the forme of the Stattute In that case made and Provided.
Billa Vera
Ponet Se.

Thomas Gage, The History of Rowley. (Boston: Ferdinand Andres, 1840) 169-170


SWP No. BoySal3-3.37c

(Indictment: Mary Daniel v. Margaret Scott)

Essex in the ProvinceAnno RR & Reginae Guliel-
of the Massachusettsmi & Mariae Angliae
Bay in New England&c Quarto Annoq; Domini 1692 ss.

The Juriors for our Soue Lord and Lady the King and
Queen doe present That Margarett Scott of Rowley In the County of Essex
Widdow About the latter end of July or the
begining August In the yeare aforesaid
and divers other days and times as well before as after
Certaine detestable arts called Witchcraft and Soceries
Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used
practiced and Exercised At and in the Towne of
Rowley in the County of Essex aforesaid in upon and
against one Mary Daniell of Rowley
aforesaid Single Woman
by which said Wicked Acts the said Mary Daniell ye day
^& yeare^ aforesaid and divers other days and times both before and
after was and is Tortured Afflicted Consumed Pined Wasted
and Tormented and also for Sundry ^other^ Acts of Witchcraft
by the said Margt Scott Comitted and done before and
Since that time against ^the Peace of^ our Soue Lord & Lady the King
and Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the forme
of the Stattute in that case made and Provided.
Billa Vera
Ponet Se.

Thomas Gage, The History of Rowley. (Boston: Ferdinand Andres, 1840) 170-171


SWP No. BoySal3-3.37d

(Mary Daniel Vs. Margaret Scott & Elizabeth Jackson)

The Deposition of Mary Daniel aged nineteen years or
there abts. Sd Deponent testifyeth yt upon ye 2d day
of the week last past, towards night, I was suddenly taken
very ill and went to lye down on a bed, soon after which, there
appeared to me the shape of some woman, who seemed to look and
speak most fiercely and angrily, and beat, pinch'd and afflicted me very sorely
telling me I should not have said so, or told such things & to yt purpose;
I cannot positively say whose shape it was yt I saw ye first fitt ye next
night after, I was taken very ill again all over & felt a great prick-
-ing in ye soles of my feet, and after a while I saw apparently the
shape of Margret Scott, who, as I was sitting in a chair by ye fire
pulled me with ye chair, down backward to ye ground, and tormented
and pinched me very much, and I saw her go away at ye door, in
which fit I was dumb and so continued till ye next morning, finding
a great load and heaviness upon my tongue. In some of ye fitts
yt I had afterwards, I was senseless and knew not yt I saw who it
was yt afflicted me. In one fitt (upon ye beginning it) I thought
I saw Goodw Jackson, and widow Scott come waking into the
chamber with yr staves, one of ym came & sat upon me so yt
I could not stir; Goodw Jackson I saw no more, no know I yt
she did me any harm. In another fitt I saw ^ye appearance of^ sd Scott in ye room
who afflicted me, and being speechless, I continued so, untill I
went to ye sd Scott, who taking me by ye hand, I had ye liberty
of speech again as formerly. The last fitt I had was upon
ye last Sabbth day, in which I saw ye shapes of four women
or five, of whom widow Scott was one, ye rest I knew not,
nor knew yt any did hurt me, unless sd widow Scott.
Rowley August 4, 1692

Mary Daniell owned: ye truth of ye above written evidence
to ye Jury: of Inquest Septr: 15: 1692.
Mr. Edward Paison Made Oath that
Mary Daniell did declare as above
is written. Attest, St: Sewall Cler
in Court at Salem Septr 16, '92

Gage, Thomas. The History of Rowley. (Boston: Ferdinand Andres, 1840) 172-173


SWP No. BoySal3-3.37e

(John Burbank and Daniel Wycomb Vs. Margaret Scott)

Jno Burbanke Depo agst Margret Scott.
Daniel Wycomb

the testimony of Daniell Wicom ayged aboue fifty years
Who sayth that abought fiue ore six years a go Margret Scot of Rowlah came to my hous and asked me if she
might gleane corne in my felld i towld hir she might if
she woulld stay whilst my corne was ought of the feeld
sd Scot sd you will not get youer corne ought to night it
may be i tould hir i would sd Scot sd may be not: at that
time my wife gaue sd Scot sum corne and then Scot
went a way and presently after sd Scot was gon i went
with my cart and oxsen into the feeld for corne and when
i had lodid my cart i went to go home with my corne but
the oxsen would not draw the cart any ways bout from
home thof i wear not twenty Rod from my Door and i
could not get any corne ought of my felld that day the
next Day i touck the same oxsen and put them to the
cart and the sd cart and the same lode of corne they did
draw a way with ease.
Jurat in Curia

Capt. Danll Wycom owned: ye above written evi-
dence to: be ye truth before grand Inquest upon his oath
Jno: Burbank and Frances Wycom, attested: to: sub-
stance of this above written: evidence:: as: that: sd Scott
sd: it may be you will not gett: yor corn in to night
therefore let me glean to night: and that ye oxen would
not goe forward: but backward with ye load of corn:
nor: ye corn: could: none of it be gott in that night: be-
fore: sd Inquest: Septr: 15: 1692.
Sworne in Court also by John Burbanke.

Thomas Gage, The History of Rowley. (Boston: Ferdinand Andres, 1840) 171-172


SWP No. BoySal3-3.37f

(Deposition v. Margaret Scott)

Mary Waren: and Eliz. Hubbert both: Affirmed
upon their oaths: that: they saw: Margret Scott;
afflict Mary Daniell: of Rowley: before ye grand In-
quest this they owned to: ye grand Inquest Septr: 15:
1692.
Mary Warin sd: sd Scott hurt: her sd Warin also:
before: ye grand Inquest.
Eliz. Hubbert sayd that Margret Scott: afflicted her:
before ye grand Inquest: Septr: ye: 15: 1692.
Jurat in Curia.

An: Putnam: and Mary Warin affirmed to ye grand
Inquest: that: they saw Margret: Scott: afflict: Fran- ces Wycom: in presence of ye grand Inquest: Septr:
15: 1692 upon their othes also yt sd Scott: afflicted:
sd Frances Wycom: before in Salem.
Jurat in Curia by Ma. Warrin.

Thomas Gage, The History of Rowley. (Boston: Ferdinand Andres, 1840) 173-174


SWP No. BoySal3-3.37g

(Thomas Nelson Vs. Margaret Scott)

The Deposition of Thomas Nellson, who saith, that,
about six yeares ago the last winter, Margaret Scot, of
Rowley, widow, desired me to bring her some wood,
and spake to me seuerall times for wood, and I told
her, that I owed her ten shillings and I would bring her
wood for it, and she was not willing to set of that.
Earnest she was for me to bring her wood: denied her;
soon after this one of my cattell was dead in the stantiall,
and stood up on his hind feet, and kneeled on his knees
[afore], and little after this another of my cattell was ded
in the yard, his neck under a plank at the barn side as
if he were chok'd; and after this, and ever since, had
hard thoughts of this woman and my neighbours told me,
something more then ordinary that my cattell died so.
And I do uerily believe that she is a witch.
Tho: Nelson, one of ye Grand Inquest gave in this
Evidence to ye grant Inquest, September 15, 1692.
Jurat in Curia

Thomas Gage, The History of Rowley. (Boston: Ferdinand Andres, 1840) 174


SWP No. BoySal3-3.37h

(Sarah Coleman Vs. Margaret Scott)

The Deposition of Sarah Coalman, who saith, about
the fiuetenth of August last past that she was tormented
three or four times by Marget Scot, of Rowly, or her
appearance, by pricking, pinching, and choaking of me,
and I do uerily believe that she is a witch.
Sarah Coleman affirmed before ye Grand Inquest,
that the above written Evidence is truth, vppon her oath
15th September, 1692.

Thomas Gage, The History of Rowley. (Boston: Ferdinand Andres, 1840) 174-175