Richard Assheton

Male 1575 - 1596


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  • Name  Richard Assheton 
    Born  1575  Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Death  1596 
    It is claimed that the cause of his death was bewitchment by Old Demdike, and this can be found on pages 15 & 44 of the notes at the back of the book 'The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster': https://archive.org/stream/pottsdiscoveryof00pottrich#page/n325/mode/2up
    This book was written by Thomas Potts, Clerk to the Lancaster Assizes, who published his account of the proceedings of 18-19 Aug 1612 in 1613. Thomas had grown up in the house of Thomas Knyvet, who in 1605 apprehended Guy Fawkes in his attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament (saving king James I's life). There were 12 Pendle witches; one Elizabeth Southerns (alias Old Demdike, blind and in her 80s) died before her trial, 10 found guilty were hanged and one was acquitted.  
    Died  1596  Downham, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I5939  Fidgen
    Last Modified  26 Feb 2015 

    Father  Richard Assheton, Esq,   b. 1550, Great Lever, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Downham, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Margaret Hulton 
    Family ID  F2398  Group Sheet

    Family  Isabel Hancock 
    Last Modified  21 Aug 2014 
    Family ID  F2400  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Pott's Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster
    Pott's Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster
    An account of the trials of notable Lancashire witches in 1612 written by the Clerk to the Lancaster Assizes.