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Welsh Folk Lore

A Witch Who Was Refused A Goose And Her Revenge
A witch called at a farm when they were feathering ge...

Spirit Laying
It must have been a consolation to those who believed...

A Boy Taken To Fairy Land
Mrs. Morris, of Cwm Vicarage, near Rhyl, told the wri...

The Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd Version
Mr. Evan Davies, carpenter, Bryn Llan, Efenechtyd, to...

Fairy Ladies Marrying Mortals
In the mythology of the Greeks, and other nations, go...

Charms
The cure of diseases by charms is generally supposed ...

Satan Appearing To A Young Man
A young man, who had left Pentrevoelas to live in a f...

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

Ghost Raising
If the possibility of Ghost Laying was believed in, s...

Crows' Feathers
In Montgomeryshire it was, at one time, supposed that...





Category: DEATH PORTENTS.





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. ...

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

The Corpse Bird Or Deryn Corph
This was a bird that came flapping its wings against the window of the room in which lay a sick person, and this visit was considered a certain omen of that person's death. The bird not only fluttered about the lighted window, but ...

Missing A Butt
Should a farmer in sowing wheat, or other kind of corn, or potatoes, or turnips, miss a row or butt, it was a token of death. ...

A Cock Crowing In The Night
This, too, was thought to foretell a death, but whose death, depended on the direction of the bird's head whilst crowing. As soon as the crowing was heard someone went to ascertain the position of the cock's head, and when it was s...

Hen Laying Two Eggs In The Same Day
Should a hen lay two eggs in the same day, it was considered a sign of death. I have been told that a hen belonging to a person who lived in Henllan, near Denbigh, laid an egg early in the morning, and another about seven o'clock p...

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 ...

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

Cyhyraeth Death Sound
This was thought to be a sound made by a crying spirit. It was plaintive, yet loud and terrible. It made the hair stand on end and the blood become cold; and a whole neighbourhood became depressed whenever the awful sound was hear...

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...