Fairies and Little People

 
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.


 
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.


 
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 (although their three sons became famous doctors).


 
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.


 
Floating Island

Location: Nantlle Valley (Gwynedd) - Lake of the Turf Sod
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An island once floated around this body of water, acting as a meeting place between a fairy and her human husband, after she was prevented by other members of her race to walk on land.


 
Colt Pixie

Location: New Forest (Hampshire) - Cold Pixie's Cave, Beaulieu Heath
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A horse-like pixie, this fairy entity would play mild pranks and call out to horses so they became lost.


 
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.


 
Elf Meet

Location: Newcastle (Gwent) - Oak tree on former site of castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The oak tree was once believed to be a site where the little folk would congregate.


 
Not a Banshee?

Location: Newmarket on Fergus (County Clare) - Lough Gaish
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early 1900s?
Further Comments: Residents who lived close to the lough reported hearing the wail of a banshee which lasted for several nights. When the cries ceased and no one died, the locals doubted whether the sounds actually came from a banshee... A little man in green was also spotted in the area. Matching the description of a leprechaun, a witness tried to grab him for his gold, but the little man vanished.


 
Summoning the Fairies

Location: Newport Pagnell (Buckinghamshire) - Barrow in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Running around this barrow nine times is said to bring forth the fairies.


 
Wild Edric

Location: No fixed abode (Shropshire) - Lead Mines
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1800s
Further Comments: A county hero, Wild Edric is said to emerge from the lead mines where he lives and charge off towards England's enemies when required. Once flesh and blood, it is thought his fairy wife may have had a hand in making him and his troops immortal.


 
Small Trolls

Location: Northmavine (Shetlands) - Trowie Knowe cairn
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This cairn was used by trows who would only leave it by moonlight to go hunting.


 
Sixty Gnomes in Cars

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Wollaton Park, swampy area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: September 1979
Further Comments: Appearing to several children, these friendly gnomes sat two per car and playfully chased the children around the park. The wee fellows looked 'like Noddy', but with white beards. The cars moved without sound.


 
Glaistig

Location: Oban (Argyll and Bute) - Dunstaffgne (or Dunstaffnage) Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Prior to major news
Further Comments: The Glaistig is a fairy-like entity that follows a family, only becoming apparent when good or bad news is heard (that is when she bursts into song, cheers, or cries). Since the castle burnt down, the creature has not been heard.


 
Dancing Girls

Location: Okeford Fitzpaine (Dorset) - Okeford Hill (aka Oxeford Hill)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Two men out for a walk reported seeing a score of semi-naked girls dancing on the slopes of the hill. The figures rhythmically moved in a perfect circle before suddenly vanishing.


 
Fairy in Long Green Coat and a Golden Belt

Location: Onehouse (Suffolk) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1600s
Further Comments: As a reward for keeping a clean home, fairies would bring one house owner gifts. However, he bragged about the fact to a group of friends, and the little folk were never seen again.


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