15thC Cat Scratching

Our friends at Mapping the Medieval Countryside have alerted us to this unfortunate incident of facial injury in a proof of age from Worcestershire, 15 June 1426. In order to attest that Thomas Dyneley had turned 21 on July 7 the previous year, witnesses presented memorable events that had occurred on his day of birth. For John Thorndon, it was a particularly painful memory:

John Thorndon , 50 years and more, says that on the day that Thomas was born a black cat, standing before him in Rous Lench, suddenly attacked his face and totally tore his nose and eyes to pieces with its claws such that he lost his sight.

The full proof of age is available here.

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