Vol. 61 No. 4 (2013)
Research Article

Pyewacket: A Familiar Spirit of the Witchfinder General

Published 2013-12-01



The name of a witch’s familiar, Pyewacket, was reported by the Witchfinder General of England, Matthew Hopkins, at the height of the witch persecution in the middle of the seventeenth century. It has eluded explanation so far. It is suggested that it derives from the name of a village presently in the State of Maine, and that it became known in England through family connections between Hopkins and the Governor of Massachusetts John Winthrop.


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