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Welsh Folk Lore

Fairies In Markets And Fairs
It was once firmly believed by the Welsh that the Fai...

A Man Changed Into A Horse
Mr. Williams writes of the same servant man who figur...

Mice
A mouse nibbling clothes was a sign of disaster, if n...

The Gore Goch Changeling Legend
The tale rendered into English is as follows:--There ...

Ceridwen And Gwion_ (_gwiawn_) _bach's Transformation
But a striking instance of rapid transition from one ...

An Evil Spirit In Llandysilio Church Montgomeryshire
The history of this Spirit's proceedings is given in ...

David Salisbury's Ghost
I will quote from Bye-Gones, vol. iii., p. 211, an ac...

A Fairy Borrowing A Gridiron
The following Fairy legend was told to Mr. W. W. Cobb...

Annwn_ Or Annwfn
is defined in Canon Silvan Evans's Dictionary as an a...

It Is Considered Unlucky For Bees To Fly Away From Their Owner
As the coming of a strange swarm of bees is indicativ...





Category: DEATH PORTENTS.





A Raven's Croaking
A raven croaking hoarsely as it flew through the air became the angel of death to some person over whose house it flew. It was a bird of ill omen. ...

Stopping Of A Clock
The unaccountable stopping of the kitchen clock generally created a consternation in a family, for it was supposed to foretell the death of one of the family. ...

Tale Of A Corpse Candle
My informant told me that one John Roberts, Felin-y-Wig, was in the habit of sitting up a short time after his family had retired to rest to smoke a quiet pipe, and the last thing he usually did before retiring for the night was to ...

Heather
Should any person bring heather into a house, he brought death to one or other of the family by so doing. ...

Another Tale Of A Doctor
I received the following tale from the Rev. Philip Edwards, formerly curate at Selattyn, near Oswestry:-- There was, or perhaps is--for my informant says he believes the lady is still alive--in a place called Swyddffynnon, Cardiga...

The Dog's Howl
A dog howling on the doorsteps or at the entrance of a house also foretold death. The noise was that peculiar howling noise which dogs sometimes make. It was in Welsh called yn udo, or crying. ...

Death Watch
This is a sound, like the ticking of a watch, made by a small insect. It is considered a sign of death, and hence its name, Death Watch. A working man's wife, whose uncle was ill in bed, told the writer, that she had no hopes of ...

The Corpse Candle--canwyll Corph
The corpse candle, or canwyll corph, was a light like that of a candle, which was said to issue from the house where a death was about to occur, and take the course of the funeral procession to the burial place. This was the usual ...

The Owl
This bird's dismal and persistent screeching near an abode also foretold the death of an inmate of that house. ...

Lledrith Spectre Of A Person
This apparition of a friend has in the Scotch wraith, or Irish fetch its counterpart. It has been said that people have seen friends walking to meet them, and that, when about to shake hands with the approaching person, it has vani...