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Partying Fairies

Location: New Ross (County Wexford) - Maudlin's Bridge area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa early nineteenth century
Further Comments: Local man Davy Hanlon met a troupe of fairies upon this bridge. They whisked him away to a distant wine cellar where Davy drank with the little people. They allowed him to keep a silver goblet and returned him home, although he was bed ridden for many months after his encounter.


 
Shewri-while

Location: Mynydd Llanhilleth (Gwent) - General location
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Shewri-while, a female phantom, would cause people to lose their way upon the mountain. She would call out 'whoo-whoop' and beckon to be followed. If any witness did pursue her, she would led them on a merry chase lasting several hours, finally disappearing at the spot the witness first found her.


 
Pig the Builder

Location: Winwick (Cheshire) - Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The foundations of the church was set in another location, but a squealing pig moved them all in one night to the spot where St Oswald had fallen. A carving of the pig exists in the church wall.


 
Wishing Holes

Location: Abbotsbury (Dorset) - St Catherine's Chapel
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Inside the chapel are four holes, two for knees, two for hands, where people could kneel and make a wish.


 
Wish Tree

Location: Loch Maree (Highland) - Oak tree on St Maol Rubha (aka St Maree)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Famously visited by Queen Victoria in 1877, the bark of the wishing tree is covered in coins and other pieces of metal which have been hammered in. The tree is now dead, apparently caused by copper poisoning. The removal of any of the metal was said to result in misfortune.


 
Rain Summoning

Location: North Uist (Outer Hebrides) - Cross shaped stone near St Mary's Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was once believed that by raising this stone, rain would fall, which would then cease when lowered again.


 
Storm Forecaster

Location: Inveresk (Lothian) - Routing Well (current status not known)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was said that the well would wail before a storm, although even in the nineteenth century, it was acknowledged that the sound was caused by the wind during a storm, rather than prior to one.


 
Kettle Gold

Location: Corgarff (Moray) - Well at the base of a steep hill (unsure if still present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century
Further Comments: This well was fed from three springs, one curing deafness, the second blindness, the third lameness, although the price of removing an ailment was gold. An entity administered the area, storing donations in a kettle which was buried under what was known as the Kettle Stone. Anyone who tried to remove the stone and steal the gold would die a terrible death soon after.


 
Leg Breaking

Location: Swordle (Highland) - St Columba's Cave
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The site where Saint Columba baptised two criminals became a site of pilgrimage where travellers left offerings. One man who stole some of the gifts fell from his horse and broke his leg.


 
Dying of Thirst

Location: Corgaff (Aberdeenshire) - The Well in the Grey Wood, between Corgaff and Glengairn
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A well in this area was cursed - if a person drinking from the well failed to leave a pin, they would die of thirst.


 
Gifts

Location: Minch Moor (Borders) - Cheese Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Well still present
Further Comments: The well took its name from the cheese which travellers would leave for the resident fairies.


 
Immortal Fly

Location: Kirkmichael (Moray) - St Michael's Well (no longer present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The well was said to have magical healing powers and was watched over by St Michael, who took the form of a fly which could never die.


 
Protector

Location: Strathmartine (Angus) - Nine Maiden's Well (now buried)
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The well belonging to a saintly father and his nine daughters was protected by a dragon.


 
Water Cows

Location: Yarrow (Borders) - St Mary's Loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmer managed to capture and breed a herd of the mythical water cows found in the loch. His herd returned to the loch when the mother of the cattle called out from the water - the roar caused nearby hills to shake.


 
Water Cow

Location: Gairloch (Highland) - Loch na Beiste
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1840
Further Comments: In an effort to kill the water cow, said to be the size of an upturned boat, the land owner tried to empty the loch. When this failed, he poured quicklime into the water to poison the creature.


 
Drowned John

Location: Glenelg (Highland) - John MacInnes' Loch (six miles out of village)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Struggling to maintain his farm, John MacInnes was told by a strange being that help would be provided, but certain conditions would have to be followed. John agreed, and a short time later found a stray horse which he used to plough his land. He would bless the creature every evening and it continued to work, but unfortunately on one occasion forgot. The horse picked John up and dashed into the loch, where man and beast vanished forever.


 
Captured Kelpie

Location: River North Esk (Angus) - Ponnage (aka Pontage, aka Ferry) Pool
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A mortal managed to catch this water spirit by using a magical bridle, and forced the creature to move stones to Morphie to assist in the building of a castle. One day the bridle was accidently removed and the kelpie escaped, shouting a curse which resulted in the castle being demolished.


 
Kelpie Bridle

Location: Rannoch (Highland) - Lochanna Cuile (location may have changed identity), near or on Rannoch Moor
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man travelling from Pitlochry to Nether Lochaber rested in this area and found a horse's bridle made of pure silver which burnt hot to the touch. A wise woman told the man it belonged to a Kelpie and instructed him to hang it in his home on a crook of rowan. The man did as instructed and was blessed with luck for the rest of his life.


 
Victorian Man

Location: Marford (Clwyd) - Trevor Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century?
Further Comments: Several ghosts are said to haunt this establishment, including a Victorian man with mutton chops who spoke to a visitor, and Margaret Blackbourne (who also haunts other parts of the village).


 
Former Stationmaster

Location: Torrington (Devon) - Puffing Billy restaurant and B&B (former station)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2016
Further Comments: Both a former stationmaster and his wife are said to haunt this old station, which (at time of writing) is a guest house and restaurant. The female ghost is said to have been heard walking around, moving towards the room where her children once slept.


 
Protected Boats

Location: Port Henderson (Highland) - Rocks along the coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Local boat builder Roderick Mackenzie managed to sneak up on a sleeping mermaid and grabbed her by the hair. She requested that he let her go and in return would grant him a wish. Mackenzie wished that any boat he made would never sink, a tradition that was said to hold true throughout his career.


 
Good Looking Woman

Location: Birsay (Orkney) - Rocks along coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A wife and husband witnessed a mermaid sitting on the rocks, described as 'good looking' by the wife. The couple tried to capture the creature, but it swam away.


 
Vaiegh

Location: River Oykel (aka Oikel) (Highland) - Waters of the river
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Vaiegh was the name given to the female spirit which haunted this river, which was said to scream when people were near. One horse driver was said to have protected himself by throwing stones into the river as he crossed.


 
Bridge Builders

Location: Dornoch (Highland) - Dornoch Firth
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Water spirits would cross this body of water in shells, but grew tired of having to do so. A team of kelpies started building a bridge made of gold and had almost finished their endeavour when a passing man blessed them on their work. The workmen vanished and the bridge collapsed, turning into a sandbank.


 
Tall Man

Location: Strathdon (Aberdeenshire) - Luib Bridge, Corgaff (prior to bridge being rebuilt)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to 1830
Further Comments: A man riding home to his sick wife was stopped when he reached a collapsed bridge. A tall figure appeared and offered to carry the man across the river. Desperate to reach home, the man agreed, although half way across the river the tall figure transformed into a kelpie and tried to drown his passenger. The man managed to fight the kelpie off and made it to the opposite bank, narrowly avoiding a boulder thrown by the angered kelpie.


 
Tall Woman

Location: River Conan (Highland) - By the waters
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early - mid nineteenth century?
Further Comments: The water was haunted by a tall woman dressed in green with a scowling face. The figure would either point at travellers, filling them with dread, or grab them and pull the doomed person into the river water to die.


 
Red Capped Man

Location: Tomintoul (Moray) - Lochan-Nan-Deaan, loch between village and Corgarff (off A909?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This loch was haunted by a small man in a red cap, capable of shaking the nearby hills with his roar, and turning the waters red and making them boil. The entity was known for having a taste for human sacrifice.


 
Broken in Three

Location: Forres (Moray) - The Witch's Stone (outside police station)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This large stone marks the spot where women were murdered for being witches. In 1790, a local broke the stone into three pieces to be used for building materials, but ended up using metal strips to join it back together. However, a legend sprang up that the stone was broken when a witch tried to steal it, but dropped it while flying away.


 
Demonic Frogs

Location: Acton Burnell (Shropshire) - Frog Well
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: The Devil and three imps are said to live here, manifesting in the form of frogs. While the imps are happy to be seen, Old Nick takes the form of a larger frog and spends most of the time hiding away.


 
Whiston Lady

Location: Shifnal (Shropshire) - Pool close to Kilsall Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom woman in white, named as a member of the Whiston family, was said to haunt the Dark Walk which ran by a pool here.


 
Blind the Elves!

Location: The Tweed (Northamptonshire) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: It was written that some fishermen would rub salt into their nets and also sow salt into the water to blind the elves, who would otherwise ruin a good day's fishing.


 
Fairy Wishes

Location: Wooler (Northumberland) - Pin Well, Horsdon Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Well still present
Further Comments: By dropping a bent pin or money into this well, visitors to the well would appease the fairy which lived nearby, and maybe have their wish come true.


 
Bottomless

Location: Tetney (Lincolnshire) - Blow Wells (currently a nature reserve)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It was once said that the pit here would never overflow and was considered bottomless.


 
Brother or Sister

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Well in Everton area, but covered over pre 1859
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1850s
Further Comments: The site of a fratricide, the well was at one point considered haunted by the dead sibling before being covered over.


 
The Demons Below See

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Monk's Well, Wavertree
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present (but a flower bed)
Further Comments: This old well has the words 'Qui non dat quod habet, Daemon infra vide 1414' carved above it. It was said that any traveller passing would have no choice but to drink the waters and give a donation to charity, otherwise the Devil (chained under the well) would laugh.


 
Mermaid

Location: Chapel-en-le-Frith (Derbyshire) - Mermaid's Pool, Mill Hill
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Midnight, Eve of Easter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Staring long and hard into this pool at midnight was said to result in a glimpse of this water nymph.


 
Foretelling War

Location: Langley (Kent) - Well in a unnamed park (may no longer be present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This well would be full of water during times of peace, but as soon as war broke out, it would dry up until hostilities ceased.


 
Foretelling War

Location: Barra (Outer Hebrides) - Spring at Kilbarry (location may not longer exist)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pieces of peat would float in this spring when peace reigned, but in times of war, the water would contain flakes of blood.


 
Warning of Great Events

Location: Warlingham (Surrey) - Spring (exact location not known)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Seventeenth century?
Further Comments: The spring is said to rise before any events which occur which result in great change, although the last rise may have occurred during the Revolution of 1688.


 
Floating Trees

Location: Brereton (Cheshire) - Body of water known as Blackmere, close to Brereton Hall
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Prior to a death in the Brereton family
Further Comments: Before the death of a member of the family, tree trunks would be seen floating in the water. Occasionally the water would also turn red.


 
Friend Finder

Location: Gulval (Cornwall) - Well at 'Fosses Moor'
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This well could be used to check the condition of missing people. If the water remained calm when asked about the person, it implied they were dead. If the water bubbled, the person was ill. If the water gushed, then the missing person was fit and healthy.


 
Pacifier

Location: Harpham (Yorkshire) - Spring, exact location not known
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A spring here was said to gush water which would calm savage beasts.


 
Spits out Bones

Location: Tean (Staffordshire) - Well in the Wall (aka Willy Wall's Well, aka Willy Waugh's Well)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Well still present
Further Comments: This well was once said to spit out small bones, most likely belonging to birds, most of the year, but never in July and August.


 
Drake's Water

Location: Plymouth (Devon) - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When the town required a safe and plentiful water supply, Sir Francis Drake rode out to Dartmoor and recited a spell. Water sprung up and followed Drake as he returned to Plymouth.


 
The Pot o' Pittenyoul

Location: Newmill, Keith (Moray) - Stream by the hamlet
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Pot o' Pittenyoul was a small, rocky pool along the stream. A local legend said that one of the worn stones was a seat used by the devil.


 
Fairies' Cradle

Location: Cromarty (Highland) - Stone near St Benet's Spring (spring may no longer exist)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone destroyed 1745
Further Comments: If a baby had been replaced by a changeling, the fairy child could be placed on a stone known as the Fairies' Cradle and the little people were forced to return the stolen human child. The stone was broken up by a minister.


 
Non Sinking Church

Location: Vigeans (Angus) - Church of St Vigeans
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1736
Further Comments: Legend said that building materials for the church were carried into position by a water kelpie. The creature said if anyone working for the church ever killed themselves, the church would sink into a great lake which lay deep under the building. In the eighteenth century the minister of the parish did commit suicide and some stories say many people gathered near the church to watch it being consumed into the ground. Needless to say, many people were also left disappointed when their expectations were not met.


 
Former Pilot

Location: Manston (Kent) - RAF Manston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 1970 (or 1971)
Further Comments: A MoD fireman was on kitchen duty in the early hours of the morning when he spotted a semi-translucent figure wearing a flying helmet, Irvin jacket and Mae West. The witness quickly left the area. He was later told that others had seen the entity, and it was considered to be a pilot who crashed into a snow drift during the Second World War.


 
Cyclist

Location: North Baddesley (Hampshire) - Rownhams Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2010
Further Comments: A cyclist reported hearing another person on a bike chasing them, even though no one else could be seen.


 
Legs

Location: Rawtenstall (Lancashire) - Craven Heifer public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 26 December 2015
Further Comments: A photograph taken by the landlord in the cellar after it flooded reportedly showed a pair of child's legs, the owner of which could not be accounted for. Taps are also said to turn themselves on.


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