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Garth Uchaf Llanuwchllyn Changeling Legend
Yr oedd gwraig Garth Uchaf, yn Llanuwchllyn, un tro wedi my...

Fairy Mothers And Human Midwives
Fairies are represented in Wales as possessing all the pass...

Denbighshire Version Of A Fairy Mother And Human Midwife
The following story I received from the lips of David Rober...

Merionethshire Version Of The Fairy Mother And Human Midwife
A more complete version of this legend is given in the Gord...

The Corwrion Version
One of the Fairies came to a midwife who lived at Corwrion ...

The Nanhwynan Version
Once on a time, when a midwife from Nanhwynan had newly got t...

Fairy Visits To Human Abodes
Old people often told their children and servant girls, tha...

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

Fairy Riches And Gifts
The riches of the Fairies are often mentioned by the old pe...

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

The Fairies And Their Chest Of Gold
The following tale I obtained from the Rev. Owen Jones, Vic...

The Fairy Shilling
The Rev. Owen Jones, Pentrevoelas, whom I have already ment...

The Hidden Golden Chair
It is a good many years since Mrs. Mary Jones, Corlanau, Ll...

Fairy Treasures Seen By A Man Near Ogwen Lake
Another tale, similar to the preceding one, is told by my f...

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



A Fairy Borrowing A Gridiron






Category: FAIRY MOTHERS AND HUMAN MIDWIVES.

The following Fairy legend was told to Mr. W. W. Cobb, of Hilton House,
Atherstone, by Mrs. Williams, wife of Thomas Williams, pilot, in whose
house he lodged when staying in Anglesey:--Mary Roberts, of Newborough,
used to receive visits once a week from a little woman who used to bring
her a loaf of bread in return for the loan of her gridiron (gradell) for
baking bread. The Fairy always told her not to look after her when she
left the house, but one day she transgressed, and took a peep as the
Fairy went away. The latter went straight to the lake--Lake
Rhosddu--near the house at Newborough, and plunged into its waters, and
disappeared. This took place about a century ago. The house where Mary
Roberts lived is still standing about 100 yards north of the lake.

Compare the preceding with the following lines:--

If ye will with Mab finde grace,
Set each platter in its place;
Rake the fire up and set
Water in ere sun be set,
Wash your pales and cleanse your dairies,
Sluts are loathsome to the Fairies;
Sweep your house; who doth not so,
Mab will pinch her by the toe.

Herrick's Hesperides, 1648. (See Brand, vol. ii., p. 484.)





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