Aged 33 at the time of the trial, Sir
Bacon of Redgrave, Suffolk was the Magistrate who issued the Warrant for
the arrest and examination of Rose Cullender and Amy Denny. It is
a mystery as to why the townsfolk of Lowestoft applied to Bacon for th
Sir Edmund Bacon came from an illustrious lineage.
His great-great-grandfather was Sir Nicholas Bacon (1509 - 1579) Lord Keeper
of The Great Seal for Queen Elizabeth I. His great-grandfather was
Sir Nicholas Bacon (1540 - 1624) of Culford Hall, Suffolk the half-brother
the Queen's Lord Chancellor, Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1606). Sir
Nicholas Bacon was the first person to be created a Baronet when the title
was established by James I in 1601. Sir Edmund Bacon became
the 4th person to bear the title Baronet of Redgrave and Premier Baronet
of England when he inherited the title from his grandfather in 1655.
Born at Redgrave Hall in 1628, he was baptised
in Redgrave parish church on 10th November. Very little is known
about his life. In 1650, aged 22, he married 16 years old Elizabeth
Crane the daughter and co-heir of Sir Robert Crane Bt., of Chilton Hall
Suffolk, and by him she had six sons and ten daughters.
In 1660 he was Commander of the Suffolk Militia
and in 1666 he became High Sherrif of Suffolk. Through his
great-uncle, Sir Nathaniel Bacon, Sir Edmund was related to Lord
Cornwallis who was also present at the witch trial. The Cornwallis's
had inherited Culford Hall, the seat of the Bacon family (built for Sir
Nicholas Bacon in 1591), through the inter-marriage between, Sir Nathaniel
Bacon and Jane, Lady Cornwallis in 1614.
Sir Edmund Bacon died at Redgrave on September
12, 1685 and was buried in the Bacon family vault at St. Mary's, the
ancient and isolated parish church of Redgrave. The following year
his widow remarried John Tate, a Serjeant at Law.