JACKSON, Elizabeth

Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640 Database. Originally published by Centre for Metropolitan History, London, 2004.

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Elizabeth JACKSON


Name Elizabeth JACKSON
Gender Female
Period of medical practice 1592-1605
Date of death ?1605 [old1602]
Other notes Imprisoned for witchcraft 1602. Fellows say disease was natural.

Censorial hearings

13 Nov 1602
Entry J, an 'old woman' in prison, sent a letter begging for mercy and asking that Drs Moundford, Herring and Bredwell should give a fuller account of her case. H & B did so - a sick girl was (they said) suffering as a result of magic spells, for which J had been imprisoned. J claimed that the disease was naturally caused. Fellows agreed. 10 members of J's parish witnessed to her good character.
Attitude of the accused submitted to the College
Action taken Panel elected to look into the case.
Number of crimes 1
4 March 1605
Entry The Bishop of London had recently written asking the College's opinion of a certain girl [Mary Glover] allegedly possessed by the Devil [through EJ's agency]. Drs Wilkinson, Dunne and Argent were chosen to go and examine her. 'But if ... they found nothing but bare fiction and manifest pretence, then the opinion of the College would be that this girl had acted deceitfully' & they wd tell the Bishop so.
Attitude of the accused submitted to the College
Action taken Wilkinson, Dunne & Argent to examine the alleged victim.
Verdict innocent