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Welsh Folk Lore

A Man Carried Away By The Evil One
W. E., of Ll--- M---, was a very bad man; he was a br...

The Fairies Placing Money On The Ground For A Poor Man
The following tale was told me by Thomas Jones, a sma...

The Pwka Or Pwca
Another imaginary being, closely allied to the Fairy ...

Y Fuwch Gyfeiliorn The Stray Cow
The history of the Fairy Stray Cow appears in Y Bryth...

_ Goose Flying Over A House
This unusual occurrence prognosticated a death in tha...

The Candle And Pin Divination
The process is as follows:--A couple of young women m...

Thirteen At A Table
Should thirteen sit at a table it was believed that t...

The Fairies Giving Money To A Man For Joining Them In Their Dance
The following story came to me through the Rev. Owen ...

Llandegla Spirit
The tale of this Spirit was given me by Mr. Roberts, ...

A Conjuror And Robbers
A conjuror, or Gwr Cyfarwydd, was travelling over the...





Category: BIRDS AND BEASTS.





The Bee
The little busy bee has been from times of old an object of admiration and superstition. It is thought that they are sufficiently sensitive to feel a slight, and sufficiently vindictive to resent one, and as they are too valuable t...

The Goose
Should a goose lay a soft egg, a small egg, or two eggs in a day, it is a sign of misfortune to the owner of that goose. An old woman in Llandrinio parish, Montgomeryshire, who lived in a cottage by the side of the Severn, and who...

Pigeon
If the sick asks for a pigeon pie, or the flesh of a pigeon, it is a sign that his death is near. If the feathers of a pigeon be in a bed, the sick cannot die on it. ...

The Crow
The crow figures much in Welsh folk-lore. In many ways he is made to resemble the magpie; thus, when one crow or one magpie was seen, it was thought to foretell misfortune, as implied by the saying:-- Un fran ddu, Lwc dd...

A White Cock
A white cock was looked upon as an unlucky bird, thus:-- Na chadw byth yn nghylch dy dy, Na cheiliog gwyn, na chath ddu. Never keep about thy house, A white cock, nor black cat. ...

Tit Major Or Sawyer
The Rev. E. V. Owen, Vicar of Llwydiarth, Montgomeryshire, told me that the Tit's notes are a sign of rain, at least, that it is so considered in his parish. The people call the bird Sawyer, and they say its notes resemble in sound...

Robin Redbreast
Ill luck is thought to follow the killer of dear Robin Redbreast, the children's winter friend. No one ever shoots Robin, nor do children rob its nest, nor throw stones at it. Bad luck to anyone who does so. The little bird with ...

The Jackdaw
This bird is considered sacred, because it frequents church steeples and builds its nest there, and it is said to be an innocent bird, though given to carrying off things and hiding them in out-of-the-way places. When ignorance of a...

Moles
Moles are said to have no eyes. If mole hills move there will be a thaw. By the moving of mole hills is meant bits of earth tumbling off the mound. A labourer in Llanmerewig parish, Montgomeryshire, called my attention to this fac...

Pigs
Pigs used to be credited with the power of seeing the wind. Devils were fond of assuming the form of, or entering into, pigs. Pigs littered in February could not be reared. This I was told by a native of Llansantffraid, Montgomer...