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WARBOYS: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1750.

[Transcribed information from Stephen Whatley's Gazetteer of England - 1750]
(unless otherwise stated)

"WARBOYS, with its Wood and Fen, (Huntingdonshire) lie bet. Ramsey and Somersham. This manor was sold by Sir Oliver Cromwell to Sir John Lemon, once Ld.-mayor of London, who said, "Twas the cheapest land he ever bought, though the dearest that Sir Oliver ever sold; for it seems, that the latter, though otherwise a man of good understanding, yet had not the wit, either to keep his estate, or to sell it to its full value. In Q's. Coll. library in Cambridge, there is the history of a man, his wife, and daughter, who were sacrificed to ignorance and superstition, by being all three hanged as witches, for torturing the children of a gentleman of this p. upon the verdict of a sorry jury, and an act of James I. against witchcraft, (an act made in compliment to that K's. opinion, concerning devils and witches, in the book he wrote called Demonology) and one of the fellows of that college preaches a sermon yearly on that occasion, at Huntingdon; but 'tis our happiness to live under a wiser Gt. and in a generation more humane; for in the 9th of the present R. the K. and Pt. passed an act for repealing the above-mentioned act; so that such poor wretches, whose age and infirmities, or poverty and deformity, exposed them formerly to be baited to death by a rustick rabble, are now rescued from that terror, and rendered the objects of pity, instead of barbarity."

[Description(s) transcribed by Mel Lockie ©2011]