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SWP No. 119

Margaret Scott Executed, September 22, 1692

SWP No. 119.1

( Frances Wycom v. Margaret Scott )

The deposistion of frances wycum who testifieth and saith that quickly after the first court at Salme 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 continu 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 affleted me by acts of wicthcraft

frances Wycom 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 dep'o Ags't #(M)Margaret Scott

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


SWP No. 119.2

( Phillip Nelson and Sarah Nelson v. Margaret Scott )

#(also) phillip Nelson and Sarah his wife doe testifie and say that for Two or three years before #(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 margerit 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 dep'o agst Mary Scott
( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 45 )

SWP No. 119.3

(Indictment of Margaret Scott (copy))

Indicm't ag'st Margaret Scott, for bewitching Frances Wijcomb.

Essex in the ProvinceAnno RR's & Reginae Gulielmi
of the Massachusetts& Mariae &ca Quarto An-
Bay in New Engl'dnoq; Domi 1692. ss.

The Jurors for our Sov'e Lord and Lady the King
and Queen doe Present That Margarett 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 Sorceries Wickedly Mal-
litiously and felloniously hath used practised 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 s'd Wicked Acts the said
Frances Wijcomb, the day and yea'e 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 Sov'e 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. 119.4

(Indictment: Mary Daniel v. Margaret Scott)

Essex in the ProvinceAnno RR's & Reginae Guliel-
of the Massachusettsmi & Mariae Angliae
Bay in New England&ca Quarto Annoq; Domini 1692 ss//. Ss//

The Juriors for our Sov'e Lord and Lady the King and
Queen #(theire Crowne) doe present That Margarett Scott of Rowley In the County of Essex
#(Single) widow #(woman) About the latter end of July or the
begining of August In the yeare aforesaid
and divers other days and times as well before as after
Certaine detestable Arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries
Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used
practised 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 the 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 Marg#(y)r't Scott Comitted and done before and
Since that time against the Peace of our Sov'e Lord & Lady the King
and Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the forme
of the Stattute in that case made and Provided.
Indictm't agst. Margarett Scott: for bewitching Mary Daniell Billa Vera
Ponet se.

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


SWP No. 119.5

(Mary Daniel Vs. Margaret Scott & Elizabeth Jackson)

The Deposition of Mary Daniel aged nineteen yeers or
there ab'ts s'd Deponent testifyeth that upon the 2'd day
of the #(last) 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 feircly and angrily, and beat; pinch'd and afflicted me very sorely
telling me I should not have sa#(a)id so, or told such things & to that purpose;
I cannot positively say whose shape it was that I saw the first fitt the next
night after, I was taken very ill again all over & felt a great prick-
-ing in the soles of my feet, and after a while I saw apparently the
shape of #(widow) margret Scott, who, as I was sitting in a chair by the fire
pulled me with the chair, down backward to the ground, and tormented
and pinch'd me very much, and I saw her go away at the door, in
which fit I was dumb and so continued till the next morning, finding
a great load and heaviness upon my tongue. In some of the fitts
that I had afterwards, I was sensless and knew not that I saw who it
was that afflicted me. In one fitt (upon the beginning it) I thought
I saw goodw Jackson and widow Scott come waking into the
chamber with y'r staves, one of them came & sat upon me so that
I could not stirr; Goodw Jackson I saw no more, no know I that
she did me any harm. In another fitt I saw the appearance of s'd Scott in the room
who afflicted me, and being speechless, I continued so, untill I
went to the s'd Scott, who taking me by the hand, I had the liberty
of speech again as formerly. The last fitt I had was upon
the last Sabb'th day, in which I saw the shapes of four women
or five, of whom widow Scott was one, the rest I knew not,
nor knew that any did hurt me, unless s'd widow Scott.
Rowley August 4, 1692

Mary Daniell owned: the truth of the above written evidence
#(upon as) to the Jury: of Inquest Sept'r 15: 1692.
M'r Edward Paison Made Oath that
Mary Daniil did declare as above
is written. attest, St: Sewall Cler
in Court at Salem Sep'r 16. 92 Mary Daniell dep'o Agst Mary Scott

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


SWP No. 119.6

(John Burbank and Daniel Wycomb Vs. Margaret Scott)

Jno Burbanke De'po ag'st Margret Scott.
Daniel Wycomb

the testymony of Daniell Wicom ayged above fifty years
Who sayth that abought five ore sixs 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
s'd Scot s'd you will not get youer corne ought to night it
may be i tould hir i would s'd Scot s'd may be not: at that,
time my wife gave s'd Scot sum corne and then Scot
went a way and presently after s'd 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
coulld 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 s'd cart and the same lode of corne they did
draw a way with ease.
Jurat in Curia.

Capt. Dan'll Wycom owned: the above written evi-
dence to: be the truth before grand Inquest upon his oath
Jno: Burbank and Frances Wycom, attested: to: sub-
stance of this above written: evidence:: as: that: s'd Scott
s'd: 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 the load of corn:
nor: the corn: could: none of it be gott in that night: be-
fore: s'd Inquest: Sept'r: 15: 1692.
Sworne in Court also by John Burbanke.

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


SWP No. 119.7

(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 the grand Inquest
this they owned to: the grand Inquest Sept'r: 15:
1692.
Mary Warin s'd: s'd Scott hurt: her s'd Warin also:
before: the grand Inquest.
Eliz. Hubbert sayd that Margret Scott: afflicted her:
before the grand Inquest: Sept'r: the: 15: 1692.
Jurat in Curia.

An: Putnam: and Mary Warin affirmed to the grand
Inquest: that: they saw Margret: Scott: afflict: Fran- ces Wycom: in presence of the grand Inquest: Sept'r:
15: 1692 upon their othes also that s'd Scott: afflicted:
s'd 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. 119.8

(Thomas Nelson Vs. Margaret Scott)

The Deposition of Thomas Nelson, 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 severall 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 ordinery that my cattell died so.
And I do verily believe that she is a witch.
Tho: Nelson, one of the Grand Inquest gave in this
Evidence to the grant Inquest, September 15, 1692.
Jurat in Curia.

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


SWP No. 119.9

(Sarah Coleman Vs. Margaret Scott)

The Deposition of Sarah Coalman, who saith, about
the fivetenth 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 verily believe that she is a witch.
Sarah Coleman affirmed before te Grand Inquest,
that the above written Evidence is truth, uppon her oath
15th September, 1692.

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