The Fairy Cow


There are many traditions afloat about a wonderful cow, that supplied

whole neighbourhoods with milk, which ceased when wantonly wasted. In

some parts of England this is called the Dun Cow; in Shropshire she

becomes also the White Cow; in Wales she is, Y Fuwch Frech, or Y

Fuwch Gyfeiliorn. This mystic cow has found a home in many places. One

of these is the wild mountain land between Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr and a

hamlet called Clawdd Newydd about four miles from Ruthin. About midway

between these two places is a bridge called Pontpetrual, and about half a

mile from the bridge to the north is a small mountain farm called Cefn

Bannog, and near this farm, but on the unenclosed mountain, are traces

of primitive abodes, and it was here that, tradition says, the Fuwch

Frech had her home. But I will now give the history of this strange cow

as I heard it from the mouth of Thomas Jones, Cefn Bannog.