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Fairy Reports from the Paranormal Database

Fairies are mythical creatures that are believed to have inhabited the UK and Ireland long before humans arrived. The name fairy can be confusing, as it can refer to the collective of all metaphysical or preternatural creatures (including pixies and goblins), or a specific type of entity within that group (popularly believed to be human-like, small and capable of flight). What follows is a list where fairy encounters have (or are likely to) occur.

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Goblins

Location: Crossways (Dorset) - Buck Barrow, Knighton Heath Wood
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Barrow still present
Further Comments: The name of this barrow implies it was once believed to be haunted by goblins or other fairy folk.


 


Dancing Sheppard

Location: Crymch (Dyfed) - Freni-Fawr mountain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A youth tending to his sheep was convinced to dance by a small group of fairies - when he did, he was transported to fairyland, but returned to the mountain once he stopped his jig.


 


Tylwyth Teg

Location: Cwm y Llan (Gwynedd) - General area of the valley
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Tylwyth Teg, a race of fairies believed to be the souls of druids, are thought to reside in this valley.


 


Malekin

Location: Dagworth (Suffolk) - The house of Sir Osberni de Bradewelle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1189-1199
Further Comments: Malekin would converse with the family of Sir Osberni de Bradewelle, sharing people's secrets and humouring householders in the voice of a one year old child. The entity would speak in both English and Latin, and while Malekin could be heard and felt, he only appeared once; manifesting as a child dressed in a white tunic to a woman who agreed not to try and touch him. Malekin claimed that he had been born in Lavenham, removed from a field after being left there by his mother, and he had a hat which made him invisible.


 


Pixies

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - New Bridge
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several of these small creatures are said to loiter around the area.


 


Pixie

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Shaugh Bridge area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1897
Further Comments: This wee fellow, standing 45 centimetres in height and wearing blue and red clothing, quickly vanished once he realised he had been spotted. The area is also said to be where the Devil and his hellhounds hunt.


 


Little People

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Sheepstor - Pixies Cave
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The cave was shared with the pixies by humans when hiding during the Civil War.


 


Fairy Treasure

Location: Dinghurst (Somerset) - Dolebury Warren hillfort
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in red cloth, the fairies would keep an eye on their treasure buried under the hillfort. Fairy pipes were said to have been found around the site.


 


Donn of the Sandhills

Location: Dough (County Clare) - Close to the site of the old castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Donn was said to be one of the most powerful fairy kings, but he was forgotten about as he lacked a bard to sing his praises.


 


Lilac Balls of Light

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Glenasmole, Bohernabreena
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Some locals say that these balls of light, lilac in colour, are fairies; others say they are the manifestation of a lady who lost her way in a bad snowstorm in the middle ages and consequently died - she now tries to prevent her fate from happening to others.


 


Taken by Fairies?

Location: Dunblane (Stirling) - Bridgehill area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: A pedlar by the name of Scobie who once lived here was said to make his living by trading with fairies. On the evening prior to his disappearance, on neighbour spotted him and said he looked 'fay-like'. A few months later his body was discovered in a glen which was then named Scobie's Wood.


 


Music

Location: Durness (Highland) - Fraisgell's Cave - Loch Eribol
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Created by fairies, this music emerges from the cave and floats across the waters of Loch Eribol.


 


Moved Church

Location: East Chelborough (Dorset) - Castle Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A church was in the process of being constructed at the base of this hill when local fairies took exception. They moved all the stones to Lewcombe, where the church was finally built.


 


Albino Dwarf

Location: Eastbourne (Sussex) - Claremont school
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1918
Further Comments: Seen by the novelist Pamela Frankau when at school here, this little creature ran across her bedroom floor and escaped via the landing, fading from view.


 


Gateway

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Calton Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Seventeenth century
Further Comments: A gateway leading to the fairy kingdom was reported on the hill, though only those with second sight could see and use the mythical entrance.


 


Vanishing Piper

Location: Ednam (Borders) - Nearby mound known as the Piper's Grave (aka Pictís Knowe)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Believing the fairies within the mound would teach him new tunes, a piper entered to seek enlightenment. He was never seen again.


 


Brown Man

Location: Elsdon (Northumberland) - Elsdon Moor
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A stocky dwarf like figure, the brown man looks after the local wildlife, and has been known to kill anyone who persistently harms the natural balance.


 


Awfshots

Location: Esk Valley (Yorkshire) - General area, including Goathland and Danby
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Awfshots, flint arrowheads used by ancient people, were traditionally believed to have been used by fairies. Farmers would touch their cattle with the arrowheads for protection. Emily Bronte refers to the objects in her work.


 


Shellycoat

Location: Ettrick Waters (Borders) - River
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Shellycoat was the name given to a playful water spirit which dressed in a shell covered jacket. He normally carried out his antics while hiding in the river, trying to lure the gullible forever closer to the cold waters.


 


Fairy Abduction

Location: Evanton (Highland) - Balconie House
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The lady of the house was taken away by a strange man dressed in green, who appeared from nowhere. A few years later a witness reported seeing her chained at the bottom of a local cavern, though no one was able to climb down and release her. The house also may be haunted - one story told was of a group of fishermen who fled the house one night after encountering a ghost.


 


Fairy Fort

Location: Exford (Somerset) - Cow Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This Iron Age Hillfort was constructed by fairies to protect themselves from earth spirits.


 


Helpful Horse

Location: Fleetwood (Lancashire) - Hackensall Hall
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This boggart took the form of a horse, and would plough fields and work around the farm in return for a warm place to spend the night.


 


Tiny Horses

Location: Forenaghts Great (County Kildare) - Longstone Rath
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 31 October 1971
Further Comments: Author Herbie Brennan and a friend visited this site late at night and spotted several small white horses galloping along the earthwork. He described them as being no taller than a cocker spaniel and around 25 in number.


 


Little Folk

Location: Foulridge (Lancashire) - Area around Lake Burwain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area around the lake is reportedly home to boggarts and hobs. There are also stories of ghostly Roundheads moving around the area, some on horseback and others wearily walking holding pikes.


 


Cauldron

Location: Frensham (Surrey) - Church
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The cauldron in the church is said to have been taken from fairies that once lived nearby, though other accounts say it belonged to a white witch. Earthen mounds near the pond are thought to have been created by the Devil, and are unlucky to disturb.


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