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William Stoughton
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Biographical Information

Boston (formerly)
Salem, Massachusetts





Physical Information
Hair Color


Relationship Information

Mrs Stoughton (wife)

Character Information
Portrayed By

Robert Picardo



First Appearance

Night's Black Agents

Last Appearance

Night's Black Agents

Mr William Soughton was one of Night's Black Agents, a witch hidden behind the mask of the Puritan rectitude. He was a guest character in the third season of Salem portrayed by Robert Picardo. [1]

Early Life Edit

Member of the parish led by Increase Mather, Mr and Mrs Stoughton were proper Puritan, until, left the city, they discovered the delights of satanic arts. As acquaintance of Mather senior, Mr Soughton was also an old acquaintance of Cotton Mather. They even took part to Cotton's graduation party and were aware of the young man's dependence on potent spirits.

Personality Edit

Soughton is a strange man, almost grotesque. His movements are reminiscent of a overexcited boy. His always smiling face suggests a hint of madness.

Physical Appearance Edit

A middle-aged man with shoulder-length gray hair , lively black eyes, with a unshaven beard and a tanned face marked by wrinkles. William Stoughton wore classic Puritan clothing, and putting on a pair of glasses with a metal frame.

Throughout the Salem series Edit

Appearances Edit

Memorable Quotes Edit

Mr Stoughton (to Cotton): Are you back on the bottle, son?
-- Night's Black Agents
Cotton Mather: But you attended my father's sermons faithfully.
Mr Stoughton: Fine words your father always spoke. Fine words. But then we moved to the country and began to farm. Soon we learned the dark secrets that working the land brings.
--Night's Black Agents
Mr Stoughton: Stop, my dear! Our Dark Lord wants him greatly, but he insists on having him alive...
Mrs Stoughton: Alive? But he will taste horrid alive.
Mr Stoughton: I'm not sure he intends on eating him.
Mrs Stoughton: Not eat him? Nonsense. Surely as soon as the Dark Lord tastes my dish, he will give us even more!
Mr Stoughton: Very risky, my dear. Very risky.
Mrs Stoughton: William, are you questioning my cooking?
Mr Stoughton: Of course not, but we mustn't risk angering him. You saw what he did to that Essex hag.
Mrs Stoughton: Are you calling me a hag now?
Mr Stoughton: Did I say hag? I did not say hag. No, no. I would never call you a crone or a hag!
-- Night's Black Agents

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • This character may be the in-universe representation of the historical William Stoughton, a colonial magistrate and administrator in the Province of Massachusetts Bay. He was in charge of the Salem Witch Trials, first as the Chief Justice of the Special Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692, and then as the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Judicature in 1693.

References Edit

  1. Braga introduces Mr Stoughon on his twitter account

See Also Edit

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