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Isle of Man Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Man with a Hat

Location: Peel - Site of Old Marine Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This location was said to be haunted by a male ghost who wore a tall black hat. The entity may have been exorcised.

Concealed Face

Location: Peel - Unnamed Guesthouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003-2007, especially winter
Further Comments: This phantom man was renowned for hiding its face from onlookers, while ghostly children in Victorian dress were reported elsewhere. Poltergeist activity was also reported in the building, including locked doors that reopened and small items (such as keys) that disappeared for a few days before reappearing.

An old postcard showing Port Erin on the Isle of Man

Lonely Man

Location: Port Erin - Tower overlooking bay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man who either killed himself or was murdered walks up the hill towards the tower before vanishing.

Banished Island

Location: Port Soderick - Off the coast
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Reappears every seven years, last seen late September, year unknown.
Further Comments: The occupants of an island insulted the wizard Fin MacCool. As punishment he turned the people into granite and sunk the island, permitting it to return once every seven years. The curse could be broken if a bible were placed on the island during a period of its return. The last time the island was spotted, the witness ran home, grabbed her bible and returned to the site, but was too slow - the island had already sunk back to the depths. The woman who tried to save the island died soon after; superstitious locals blamed her death on MacCool's curse, and this supposedly has prevented anyone from trying to save the island and its occupants again.

Red Eyed Dog

Location: Ramsey - Area around Milntown
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1927 and 1931
Further Comments: The large black dog reported here has glowing red eyes. It has walked past two witnesses without interfering with them, suggesting a benign entity.

Teaspoon Stealer

Location: Ramsey - TE Brown House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The former residence of the famous poet and writer was once haunted by a spirit with a penchant for stealing teaspoons and moving a certain painting from the wall. The entity was described as playful.


Location: Santon - Fairy Bridge
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It is considered unlucky not to say 'good day' to the fairies as you cross the bridge. In recent years, people have begun to leave gifts and notes on a nearby tree for the fairies.

Spherical Object

Location: Sea between Isle of Man and Belfast - Sky
Type: UFO
Date / Time: February 1985
Further Comments: A captain, first officer and flight engineer of an aircraft flying from Belfast to the Isle of Man reported a bright white spherical object that became an orange beam.

Lamenting Witch

Location: Slieau Whallian - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Windy nights
Further Comments: Accused of witchcraft, this woman was placed in an internally spiked barrel and rolled down the hill. Her ghost is never seen but can be heard screaming on the winds at night.


Location: Snaefell - Tholt-e-Will (aka Tholt-y-Will), Snafield mountain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phynnodderee, also known as a fenodyree, started to help someone build their home but fled the area after a gift left for the fairy unbound it from the site.

Undying Prince

Location: South Barrule - Devil's Den (was a hole in the ground, current status not known)
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An immortal prince was bound by magicians and remains trapped in the hole. No one knows what he looks like, but animals which were led to the mouth of the hole would become terrified and become covered in sweat. One man was said to have seen a dragon with burning eyes enter the hole, followed by terrible groans emerging from below the ground.

Little People

Location: South Barrule - South Barrule hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The south facing side of the hill are said to be where the vast majority of the island's fairies and pixies live. It is also said that a giant is asleep under the hill, having been cursed by Merlin.

Headless Raiders

Location: Spanish Head - The Chasms
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Twenty four soldiers sent to kill the king met their demise at this location. Their headless ghosts were said to have encountered and attacked a farmer looking for a lost sheep. The farmer passed out as the spirits' daggers touched his neck, and when he awoke, he found a red mark on his neck that remained with him for the rest of his life. Another, older, version of the story says the farmer heard his sheep being slaughtered and fled before the same thing happened to him.

Missing Wife

Location: St John's - Ballaleece Farm
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: The farmer's first wife was kidnapped by fairies, so he later remarried. A short time later, the first wife briefly reappeared and told the farmer that if swept the barn free of straw, then he would be able to grab her fairy horse and rescue her when she next rode past. The farmer shared the plan with his second wife, but filled with jealousy, she ensured that a piece of straw was left on the barn floor. The rescue failed and the first wife never returned.

Witch Wind

Location: St Johns - Slieu Whallian (hill)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The truth may be unknown, but it has been said that witches were tortured here by being placed in large barrels filled with spikes and rolled downhill. Their cries now haunt the area.


Location: St Johns - Trollaby Lane
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Trolls were said to once lurk around various places on the Isle, with place names indicating where they lived. Church bells were said to have driven them away.


Location: St Michael's Island - Church, and nearby ruins
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said if you knock on the church, one can hear the screams and cries of a group of pirates. These men were killed on the nearby rocks as they tried to escape with the church gold. The nearby ruins are haunted by the drowned people buried around the site. They have been seen sitting on the rubble and walking inland from the sea.

Black Creature

Location: Strandhall - Coastal road
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large black thing was seen emerge from the sea and cross the road. It was blamed for causing nearby wooden gates to shake even though there was no wind.

Four Legged Beast

Location: Western coast - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1910
Further Comments: The Captain of the HMS Caesar reported seeing a reptilian creature leaping out the sea, which he compared to a 'skinned chow dog'(!), though much larger in size.

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