British Executions

Joan Roach

Age: unknown

Sex: female

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 26 Sep 1603

Crime Location: Great Bentley , Essex

Execution Place: unknown

Method: unknown

Executioner: unknown


Joan Roach was convicted of murder by witchcraft. Was sentenced to hang but execution not confirmed.

On 20 June 1603 at Great Bentley she bewitched to death 3 cows (12 pounds) belonging to John Blackborne.

On 10 December 1599 at Great Bentley she bewitched John Bysshopp so that he languished until 28 February 1601 and then died.

Joan Roach was a spinster from Great Bentley.

see Brentwood Assizes, 26 September 1603 (Assizes 35/45/1) - Calendar of Assize Records - Essex Indictments James I