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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.

Image (left) courtesy of: www.royalmail.com/creatures

 


Bull

Location: Llyn Cowlyd (Clwyd) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The waters are home to a large bull that breathes fire from its nose, though others say the creature is more 'Loch Ness Monster' in nature.


 


Water Cows

Location: Loch Tay (Perth and Kinross) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairy cattle would constantly graze both on the land surrounding the loch, and in the still waters. Another legend suggests it was home to 'fish without fins', interpreted by some as serpentine monsters.


 


Dancing Fairies

Location: Long Compton (Oxfordshire) - The Rollright Stones - the King Stone and the Whispering Knights
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The King Stone was once a place where fairies danced around. Legend says that the monolith was once a King who was petrified by a witch (though which ruler is unclear). There are so many other smaller stones that it is said to be impossible to count them all. Another set of nearby standing stones known as the Whispering Knights are thought to be the witches aids, who conspired against the king but were turned to stone anyway.


 


Dancing Fairies

Location: Lough Derg (County Donegal) - Exact location not known
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Mid nineteenth century
Further Comments: A group of children encountered between eight and ten fairies dancing to music. One of the little people charged towards the children, striking one girl with a plant - the children ran home, and the girl who was hit later collapsed, only waking when a priest visited her.


 


Vicious Little Folk

Location: Ludgvan (Cornwall) - Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The well in the village is reported to be protected by violent fairies, which are also capable of summoning storms.


 


Cave Dwellers

Location: Lulsley (Warwickshire) - Osebury Rock
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairy folk here would hide in a cave close by. They were a helpful sort, and rewarded any mortal who assisted them in repairs or tracking down lost items.


 


Protective Fairy

Location: Madron (Cornwall) - Men-an-Tol
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Locals knew this fairy to be good, and would cure the sick. It was also known to go on missions to locate and retrieve children stolen by fairies with lesser morals. The stones found here are believed to have curative properties.


 


Fairy Tree

Location: Maesteg (Mid Glamorgan) - Exact location not known
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A knarred and knotted tree was thought to be home to a group of fairies from Ireland, and ill luck fell upon anyone who picked up deadwood from under it.


 


Rollicking Bill

Location: Maldon (Essex) - Maldon Marsh
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Twilight
Further Comments: This fairy fellow has been seen skipping over the marsh.


 


Small Pipes

Location: Mam Tor (Yorkshire) - General area of the barrows
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two small clay pipes are reported to have been discovered here, thought to have been used by fairies and the local pixie folk.


 


Glowing Lights

Location: Mary Tavy (Devon) - Private house
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early 1970s
Further Comments: Sharing a bedroom with his brother, this witness awoke to see several small bright lights enter the room and dance around before landing on his brother's bed. The lights changed to small people who walked to the head of the bed. They were all dressed in very colourful clothes, singing and playing musical instruments. They finally disappeared the way they had entered.


 


Secret Meeting

Location: Maybole (Ayrshire) - Coves of Culzean
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The little people are reported to gather here once a year for secret planning sessions.


 


Hunters

Location: Mellor (Lancashire) - Moorland in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The fairies that frequent this remote area dress in green and often carry hunting weapons - the last one seen possessed a whip.


 


Fairy Queen

Location: Melrose (Borders) - Eildon Hills
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairy queen kidnapped the Scottish hero Thomas the Rhymer in this area, returning him from the fairy kingdom in the same place seven (or three) years later. Thomas is reported to still live under the hills, preparing for the day his country needs him once more. The latter part of the same tale is also said about King Arthur.


 


Fairies

Location: Melsonby (Yorkshire) - Diddersley Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is believed that the hill is frequented by fairies, which probably live beneath it.


 


Hooting Goblin

Location: Mickleton (Gloucestershire) - Woods in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Recognised by his extremely loud call, normally heard around midnight, this fellow has never been seen.


 


Lost Child

Location: Middleton in Teeside (Durham) - Tower Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was at the nearby river that a woman once found a fairy child that she took home. The little creature, with red eyes, cried constantly, and wouldn't stop until returned to the place it was found. If your ear is placed by the ground, you can hear fairy music within the hill.


 


Pitchfork Hurlers

Location: Middridge (Durham) - Middridge Grange and surrounding area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairies found here are full of mischief; the critters once chased a visitor to the village, who managed to seek shelter within the grange just before a pitchfork embedded itself in the door.


 


The Hob

Location: Millom (Cumbria) - Millom Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Like many of his siblings, this hob helped keep the area clean and tidy. The creature left when a man offered him a hooded cloak to wear during winter.


 


Changeling

Location: Minane (County Cork) - Exact location not known
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A changeling child was whipped and left at a crossroads after being substituted for a healthy human baby.


 


Cat People

Location: Minstead (Hampshire) - New Forest
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1920s
Further Comments: It was said around this time that several little people climbed the trees of the forest, possessing catlike attributes for better balance.


 


Hard Working Brownie

Location: Moffat (Dumfries and Galloway) - Bodesbeck Farm
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A helpful brownie would help with the harvest each year, much to the delight to the farmer. However, when he finally decided to reward the entity with milk and bread, the creature left him.


 


John Kelleher's Leprechaun

Location: Mushera (mountain) (County Cork) - Rock near the summit
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Kelleher captured a leprechaun under a rock on the mountain, and agreed only to let the creature go if it gave him a purse of coins. The little man told Kelleher that if he dug where he stood, he would find the purse. Kelleher let the leprechaun go, stuck a stick in the ground to mark the position and went home to find a shovel. Returning a short time later, the man found hundreds of identical sticks all stuck in the earth around the area.


 


Lady of the Lake

Location: Myddfai (Dyfed) - Nearby Lake (Llyn y fan Fach?)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young man wed a fairy girl who came from this lake. While married their farm grew wealthy, but after the man struck his wife a third time, she vanished back into the lake, and his farm fell barren.


 


Fairy Home

Location: Nafferton Slack (Yorkshire) - Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hill was said to be a major home for fairies - they could be heard inside, and several times there have been reports of the little people entering or leaving the place.


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