Ffrith Farm Ghost
Category: STORIES OF SATAN, GHOSTS, ETC.
Source: Welsh Folk-lore
I am indebted to Mr. Williams, schoolmaster, Bryneglwys, for the history
of this Ghost.
It was not known why Ffrith farm was troubled by a Ghost; but when the
servants were busily engaged in cheese making the Spirit would suddenly
throw mortar, or filthy matter, into the milk, and thus spoil the curds.
The dairy was visited by the Ghost, and there he played havoc with the
milk and dishes. He sent the pans, one after the other, around the room,
and dashed them to pieces. The terrible doings of the Ghost was a topic
of general conversation in those parts. The farmer offered a reward of
five pounds to anyone who would lay the Spirit. One Sunday afternoon,
about 2 o'clock, an aged priest visited the farm yard, and in the
presence of a crowd of spectators exorcised the Ghost, but without
effect. In fact, the Ghost waved a woman's bonnet right in the face of
the priest. The farmer then sent for Griffiths, an Independent minister
at Llanarmon, who enticed the Ghost to the barn. Here the Ghost appeared
in the form of a lion, but he could not touch Griffiths, because he stood
in the centre of a circle, which the lion could not pass over. Griffiths
persuaded the Ghost to appear in a less formidable shape, or otherwise he
would have nothing to do with him. The Ghost next came in the form of a
mastiff, but Griffiths objected even to this appearance; at last, the
Ghost appeared as a fly, which was captured by Griffiths and secured in
his tobacco box, and carried away. Griffiths acknowledged that this
Ghost was the most formidable one that he had ever conquered.
From this tale it would appear that some ghosts were more easily overcome
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