William Faithorne the elder (English b.Circa 1616, d.1691) LC
Valentine Greatrakes (1629-1683), The 'Stroker' of Affane, County Waterford
1666; Date of book publication, but probably sold separately also.
Valentine Greatrakes became a lieutenant in Cromwell's army in 1649, and when it disbanded seven years later he became a county magistrate, registrar for transportations, and clerk of the peace for county Cork. At the time of the Restoration he was stripped of his offices. At the age of 34 that Greatrakes began to believe he was possessed with powers to heal a skin complaint known as the Kings Evil, or scrofula, a type of skin complaint. He then started to believe he could cure other ailments. Greatrakes was known as 'The Stroker' because his method of healing patients was to stroke them with his hands. His fame as a healer became very widespread and he drew huge crowds of hoping to be cured of their ailments.