A Ghost Appearing To Point Out Hidden Treasures

: Welsh Folk-lore

There is a farm house called Clwchdyrnog in the parish of Llanddeusant,

Anglesey, which was said to have been haunted by a Spirit. It seems that

no one would summon courage to speak to the Ghost, though it was seen by

several parties; but one night, John Hughes, Bodedern, a widower, who

visited the house for the purpose of obtaining a second Mrs. Hughes from

among the servant girls there, spoke to the Ghost. The presence of the
Spirit was indicated by a great noise in the room where Hughes and the

girl were. In great fright Hughes invoked the Spirit, and asked why he

troubled the house. Have I done any wrong to you, said he, addressing

the Spirit. No, was the answer. Then he asked if the girl to whom he

was paying his attentions was the cause of the Spirit's visit, and again

he received the answer, No. Then Hughes named individually all the

inmates of the house in succession, and inquired if they were the cause

of the Spirit's visits, and again he was answered in the negative. Then

he asked why, since no one in the house had disturbed the Spirit, he came

there to disturb the inmates. To this pertinent question the Spirit

answered as follows:--There are treasures hidden on the south side of

Ffynnon Wen, which belong to, and are to be given to, the nine months old

child in this house: when this is done, I will never disturb this house

any more.

The spot occupied by the treasure was minutely described by the Spirit,

and Hughes promised to go to the place indicated. The next day, he went

to the spot, and digging into the ground, he came upon an iron chest

filled with gold, silver, and other valuables, and all these things he

faithfully delivered up to the parents of the child to be kept by them

for him until he should come of age to take possession of them himself.

This they faithfully did, and the Spirit never again came to the house.

John Rowland, my informant, was a native of Anglesey, and he stated that

all the people of Llanddeusant knew of the story which he related to me.

He was eighty-three years old at the time he told me the tale, and that

was in October, 1882.

But one of the most singular tales of the appearance of a Ghost is

recorded in the autobiography of the grandfather of the late Mr. Thomas

Wright, the well-known Shropshire antiquary. Mr. Wright's grandfather

was a Methodist, and in the early days of that body the belief in

apparitions was not uncommon amongst them. The story was told Mr.

Wright, sen., in 1780, at the house, in Yorkshire, of Miss Bosanquet

(afterwards the wife of Fletcher of Madeley), by Mr. John Hampson, sen.,

a well-known preacher among the Methodists, who had just arrived from


As the scene of the tale is laid in Powis Castle, I will call this