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Welsh Folk Lore

The Son Of Llech Y Derwydd And The Fairies
The son of Llech y Derwydd was the only son of his pa...

Stopping Of A Clock
The unaccountable stopping of the kitchen clock gener...

Another Cattle Charm Spell
Mr. Hughes, Plasnewydd, Llansilin, lost several head ...

Caellwyngrydd Spirit
This was a dangerous Spirit. People passing along th...

Cyhyraeth Death Sound
This was thought to be a sound made by a crying spiri...

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

Tolaethdeath Rapping Or Knocking
The death rappings are said to be heard in carpenters...

Fairy Or Mythic Animals
From the Myddvai Legend it would appear that the Fair...

The Torrent Spectre
This spectre was supposed to be an old man, or malign...

Water In Basin Divination
Should young persons wish to know whether their husba...





Category: BIRDS AND BEASTS.





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...

The Wren
The Wren's life is sacred, excepting at one time of the year, for should anyone take this wee birdie's life away, upon him some mishap will fall. The wren is classed with the Robin:-- The robin and the wren Are God's cock...

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...

Hare
Caesar, bk. v., ch. xii., states that the Celts do not regard it lawful to eat the hare, the cock, and the goose; they, however, breed them for amusement and pleasure. This gives a respectable age to the superstitions respecting th...

Bees In A Roof
It was thought lucky when bees made their home in the roof, or indeed in any part of a house, and this they could easily do when houses were thatched with straw. Many a swarm of bees found shelter in the roofs of ancient churches, ...

Woodpecker
The woodpecker's screech was a sign of rain. This bird is called by two names in Welsh which imply that it foretold storms; as, Ysgrech y coed, the wood screech, and Caseg y drycin, the storm mare. These names have found a place ...

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...

Mice
A mouse nibbling clothes was a sign of disaster, if not death, to the owner. It was thought that the evil one occasionally took the form of a mouse. Years ago, when Craig Wen Farm, Llawr-y-glyn, near Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire wa...

Lady-bird
This pretty spotted little beetle was used formerly in the neighbourhood of Llanidloes as a prognosticator of the weather. First of all the lady-bird was placed in the palm of the left hand, or right; I do not think it made any dif...

Informing Bees Of A Death In A Family
Formerly it was the custom to tell the bees of a death in the family. The head of the house whispered the news to the bees in the hive. If this were neglected, it was thought that another death would soon follow the previous one. ...