Category: Folklore

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Loch Tay Balls Of Fire

The following account was published in ‘The Peat-fire Flame’ (1937) by Alasdair Alpin MacGregor. ‘There is a story told in Breadalbain of two gealhhain, or balls of fire, which were seen flitting over the...

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Tehi Tegi

LONG hundreds of years ago there was a witch in the island who made herself the finest and cleverest-looking young woman in it. Her like for beauty was never before seen in this mortal...

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Old Man of Inverfarigaig

‘It may be mentioned here that Loch Ness has its apparition, as well as its monster. It is known to the Highlanders as the Old Man of Inverfarigaig. “The Bodach,” as he is called...

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Cowt Of Keildar’s Pool

According to The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893),’The Cowt of Keildar was a powerful chief in the district wherein Keildar Castle is situated, adjacent to Cumberland....

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Why The Wren Flies Close To The Earth

ONE day when the birds were all together, one of them said, “I have been watching men, and I saw that they had a king. Let us too have a king.” “Why?” asked the...

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The Grey Palmer

Eight miles from the city of York, amidst picturesque scenery, on the banks of the River Wharfe, was anciently the site of a Convent of Nuns of the Cistercian order. There was a contemporary...

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Easton Wood Devil

In her ‘Nummits and Crummits’ (1900), Sarah Hewett gives the following account. ‘An old man living in South Devon, once told me that as he was one night returning from Starcross to a farm...

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Dalston Holy Well

According to The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893),’The Holy Well near Dalston is very interesting, and had some connection with Carlisle. It is situated in the...

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Church Lamb, Sweden

‘Another form of spectre animal is the kirk-grim, which is believed to haunt many churches. Sometimes it is a dog, sometimes a pig, sometimes a horse, the haunting spectre being the spirit of an animal buried alive in the churchyard for the purpose of scaring away the sacrilegious.