British Executions

John Smythe

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 27 Aug 1572

Crime Location: Danbury, Essex

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


John Smythe was convicted of murder by witchcraft. Execution not confirmed.

John Smythe was a Danbury beer-brewer and a common wizard.

He bewitched a man and a woman in 1560, who thereupon languished, the former for 3 weeks, the latter for 3 months, when they died.

He had been accused of witchcraft in 1560, 1561, 1572 while his wife Joan, was also accused in 1572 1560.