There [Kilkenny], the jail being full, we caused sessions immediately to begin. Thirty-six persons were executed ‘among which some good ones, two for treason, a blackamoor, and two witches by natural law, for that we found no law to try them by in this realm.’
Lord Justice Drury and Sir Edward Fyton to the Privy Council, Calendar of Carew State Papers, (20 Nov, 1578), Vol. 2, p.144.
(archive.org/details/calendarofcarewm02lamb/page/144/mode/2up), accessed 11 March 2022.
The trial took place on 4 November 1578.
With thanks to Irish historian Dr. Coleman Dennehy, author of The Irish parliament, 1613-89, editor of Law & Revolution in seventeenth-century Ireland and Restoration Ireland: always settling and never settled and co-editor with Robin Eagles of Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington, and his World