Fairies and Little People

 
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.


 
Harassed by Fairies

Location: Fetlar (Shetlands) - Unnamed disused watermills on the island, unlikely to still remain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several abandoned watermills on the island were associated with myths, the most prevalent one being that fairies had driven the owners away.


 
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.


 
Water Fairies

Location: Furzebrook (Dorset) - Blue Pool
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a clay pit, the hole was left to fill with water. Some say that it has become bottomless, and that fairy folk live within the water waiting to drown those who are too curious. Others say it the Devil who pushes people in.


 
Lavina

Location: Fyfield (Essex) - Gypsy Mead
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Dawn
Further Comments: Lavina, a female elf, can be heard singing on the site at sunrise.


 
Hay Maker

Location: Glaisdale End (Yorkshire) - Hart Hall
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A dab hand around the farm, this hob left when (like so many of his other helpful friends throughout Yorkshire) the owners tried to give him new clothing to replace the rags that he wore.


 
Fairy King

Location: Glastonbury (Somerset) - Glastonbury Tor
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local legend has it that St Collen visited the head of the fairy royal family on this hill. A woman, named by some to be Queen Guinevere, is also said to manifest over the Tor, and possesses golden hair that illuminates the area.


 
Falin

Location: Glen Aven (Aberdeenshire) - Mountains
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This demonic creature, whose head is twice the size of its body, is so evil that anything which crosses an area where it has walked is doomed to die soon after.


 
Brownie

Location: Glen Devon (Perth and Kinross) - Unknown residence
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Brownie left this residence in disgust after the homeowner left some new clothes out for the entity to wear.


 
Piper

Location: Glen Esk (Angus) - Waters of Lochlee
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 19 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A great and popular piper was once taken by little folk donned in green across the waters here - once a year we mortals have the chance of listening to his tunes.


 
Urisk

Location: Glen Lyon (Argyll and Bute) - Inbhirinneoin (Burn)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Evidence that shows this part fairy, part human hybrid still to be in the area occasionally turns up. A barrow known locally as the 'Mound of the Dead' is thought to be an entrance to Hell.


 
Goblin

Location: Glen Mor (Highland) - Glen Gloy
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pesky little fellow his said to be half as high as the average person, and twice as vindictive to any trespassers caught on 'his' land.


 
Wife Seeker

Location: Glen Roy (Isle of Man) - Nikkesen's Pool
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The home of a beautiful male water spirit, the creature sometimes emerges from the pool looking for a young maiden to kidnap and take as his bride.


 
Mother Stealing Fairies

Location: Glenmoriston (Highland) - Dundreggan
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The population of little people located here were constantly trying to kidnap mothers who had recently given birth, to act as nannies for their own fairy children.


 
Sewing Fairies

Location: Gloucester (Gloucestershire) - Exact location unknown, old tailor's shop
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The tailor who owned this shop left the mayor's clothing unfinished on Saturday and found it completed on the Monday morning. He used this event to advertise the shop, claiming that the little folk had done the work, though it soon transpired that an assistant had worked on the Sunday to avoid going to church.


 
Hyter Sprites

Location: Great Melton (Norfolk) - Area once known as Blow Hill, aka Coldblow Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Hyter Sprites were said to be a beneficent type of fairy, though their homes were avoided after dusk. Hyter Sprites were once believed to live in this part of Great Melton.


 
Army of Small People

Location: Greeba (Isle of Man) - Greeba Castle, road outside of, & St Trinian's Church
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairies here are said to ensure that no one ever builds a roof on the nearby St Trinian's Church. A witness watched a long line of little people dancing down the road, coming from the direction of the church.


 
Dancing Folk

Location: Grindleton (Lancashire) - Catsteps
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Knee high fairies were once said to use the steps as a stage, dancing along them between sunset and sunrise.


 
Pixie Place

Location: Hackpen Hill (Wiltshire) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hill is still reportedly a home for fairies and other little folk, whose music can be heard as it drift around the area.


 
Tidying Pixies

Location: Haytor (Devon) - Jay's Grave, near the Hound Tor Inn
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young woman who took her life, Jay is buried in a roadside grave. The burial spot's neat appearance is said to be the responsibility of local fairies and pixies.


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