John Gregory
Artist's impression of John Gregory taken from the cover of The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch.


Joseph Delaney

First Appearance

The Spook's Apprentice

Last Appearance

The Spooks Revenge


  • John Gregory
  • Seventh son of a seventh son
  • The Spook
  • Old Gregory
  • Mr Gregory


Henry Horrocks



Eye colour






John Gregory is one of the main protagonists in The Wardstone Chronicles.

General Information

Starting from The Spook's Apprentice, John Gregory has been known by his apprentice, Tom Ward as 'the Spook' and despite there being many spooks in the series, John Gregory is always the one to be primarily referred to in the term since his apprentice is the narrator for most of the series. The Spook has became one of the most recognised spooks & has assisted in destroying many ancient gods including the Ordeen. The Spook does not specialize in anything but does well in all that a spook does. He trains his apprentice Tom. Twenty-nine apprentices have come before Tom & few have passed & many have died in their apprenticeship. Tom is his current & last apprentice.

Tom Ward

Mother Malkin

Trouble in Priestown and battling the Bane

Return to Anglezarke

The Stone Chucker and near death

The Battle of Pendle Hill

Finding Bill Arkwright

Greece and Conquering the Ordeen

The Isle of Mona

The Shaman
The Buggane and the Grim Cache
Defeating Bony Lizzie

Physical Appearance

He is said to be a tall man with a beard, a crooked nose, and green eyes.


He is shown to be a very strict man and does not like anyone who doesn't follow his rules.  However he is shown to be a very kind man with an open-mind to all his apprentices-including Tom. He is bound to a very strict moral code and does not approve of using the "dark", even for the "greater good".

Powers and Abilities

The spook is shown to be highly skilled with his staff and chain, and before his recent decline, was very energetic and had high stamina.

  • Mediumship: Gregory has the natural ability of all seventh sons, of seventh sons to speak and hear the dead, long spirits past.
  • Marksmenship: Being a Spook for over 60 years has armed Gregory with expert marksmenship abilities, especially when confronted with beings that need to be bound with a silver chain, one of the main tools of trade for a Spook.
  • Immunity: Being a seventh son of a seventh son, the Spook is immune to a witch's long range sniffing and the Siren's song.



Andrew Gregory

John and Andrew often have a fairly warm brotherly relationship, with Andrew often worrying about his younger brother's well being. They have been shown disagreeing several times, but it's obvious that the two brothers are still on good terms with one another.

Paul Gregory

John appeared to trust Paul when he was a child, telling eachother about their nightmares and trusting one another to wake them up before the nightmare ended. Nothing else is known about Paul, other than the fact that he is dead.

Tom Ward

The spook often acts distant and professional towards Tom, rarely praising him incase it causes Tom to become too proud or arrogant, but occasionally shares the odd joke with his apprentice. The spook is shown to genuinely care for Tom, by trying to cheer him up when he is distressed. 

Alice Deane

The spook distrusts Alice, causing them to have a highly strained relationship; but it is hinted that they share a sense of humour, when Alice laughs loudly at one of his jokes about Tom's cooking.

Bill Arkwright

The spook's opinion on Bill are almost completely unknown, the few things the spook has said about Arkwright are about his disapproval of his harsh behaviour towards the apprentices he takes on for six months, mentioning how he had previously never wanted to send another boy into his training, but changing his mind later and sending Tom to spend the late fall and winter with him. Despite this, John appears to like Bill in the end, being saddened by his death and being willing to go through several setbacks when trying to rescue him after being kidnapped by water witches.


The spook disagrees with a lot of her ways, but appears to have a great underlying respect for Mrs.Ward, shown when he bows to her in the first book.

Meg Skelton

The spooks former love, although a lamia witch John could not bear putting her in a pit. John and Meg lived together in Chipenden untill residents began to become jelous of her beauty and accused her of being a witch. In response Meg cast spells on the women, causing John to lock her up in his winter house in Anglezark. The Spook gives her a tea with special substances to make her forget she is a witch, until she is not given the tea and she realizes she was fooled.

Morgan Hurst

A former apprentice of the spook who turned to the dark, and tried to raise Golgoth. Morgan succesfully raises Golgoth but at the cost of his life, for the spook changed the inscriptions, in case Morgan ever tried again his life and soul would be sucked out by Golgoth.

Judd Brinscall

He is a Spook who John Gregory trained as his apprentice.


Gregory was killed fighting alongside the witch assassin, Grimalkin, while trying to stop the Fiend's servants from reuniting the Fiend's severed head and body. Tom had the honor of inscribing his tombstone, Tom chose "Here lies John Gregory of Chipenden. The greatest of the County spooks."



  • Over the course of certain events, such as being defeated by Bony Lizzie over three times, the Spook has weakened to the point where he considers sending Tom out on the more dangerous jobs. In Lure of the Dead, he transfers the mantle of The Chipenden Spook to Tom.