British Executions

Joan Prestmary

Age: unknown

Sex: female

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 27 Aug 1578

Crime Location: Great Dunmow

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Joan Prestmary and Richard Prestmary were convicted of murder by witchcraft and sentenced to hang. Execution not confirmed.

They bewitched Gabriel Smythe of Great Dunmow, a brickelayer, whereby he languished until he died 17 July following.

see ASS 35/21/7/5