In his excellent book ‘Haunted Wales: A Guide to Welsh Ghostlore‘, Richard Holland quotes the following article concerning a poltergeist at Pant-y-Wennol near Abersoch that appeared in the Caernarvon & Denbigh Herald, 29 May 1866.
‘The Pantywenol Ghost – Certain doings have for some time been the almost universal theme of conversation in the neighbourhood. Most wonderful deeds were said to be performed at Pantywenol and many people actually believed that the devil or some of his commissioners had taken possession, but for what purpose was a mystery, the only work done being the cutting up of other people’s clothes, no article of apparel was safe. At length the police took the matter up and succeeded in tracing the act to the daughter of the poor woman which resulted in her being apprehended and bound over to keep the peace. It is rumoured that this young woman instituted these ghostly proceedings for the express purpose of frightening her mother away, purposing to take possession of the house herself’.