Troi Crysau Or Clothes Drying Test

: Welsh Folk-lore

Young maidens washed linen after the household had retired, and placed

the articles by the fire to dry, and then watched to see who should come

at midnight to turn the clothes. In this case, again, the evil one is

said to have entered the kitchen to perform this work for the young

woman, and also it is affirmed that a coffin has, ere this, moved along

through the room, a sure prognostication that she was doomed to die

single. Bardd Cwsg mentions this practice.

He writes in the third part of his book, where a devil is accused in the

Parliament of Hell, thus:--Aeth nos Ystwyll ddiweddaf i ymweled a dwy

ferch ieuanc yng Nghymru oedd yn troi crysau, ac yn lle denu'r genethod

i faswedd, yn rhith llanc glandeg, myned ag elor i sobreiddio un; a myned

a thrwst rhyfel at y llall mewn corwynt uffernol.

He went on the night of Epiphany to visit two young girls in Wales,

who were turning shirts, and, instead of enticing them to folly, in the

form of a handsome young man, he took to the one a coffin to sober her,

and to the other he appeared in a hellish whirlwind, with a horrible


Happy, however, is the young woman should the man she loves appear, for

he is to be her husband.