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Sightings of Fairies & Their Kin

Brownie

Location: Strathmiglo (Fife) - Strathmiglo Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This invisible entity lived in the castle and was only detectible when it stole food from the pantry.

Maiden

Location: Swansea (West Glamorgan) - Crumlyn Lake (aka Llyn Crymlyn), now Crymlyn Bog
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A fairy maiden was said to live in the waters of this lake. It was also said a large town once stood here but it was swallowed by the lake (after the locals insulted Saint Patrick) and then used by the fairies to contract their kingdom. A slight variation says the fairies were once the townsfolk before they were submerged. Bells could occasionally be heard coming from the water.

Fairy Battle

Location: Taum (County Galway) - Cnoc Meadha, aka Knockmagha, Knockma, or Knock Ma (hill)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa 1846
Further Comments: It was said that fairies fought openly above the skies of this hill during the potato famine. The hill is also said to be the burial place of Finnbheara, king of the Connacht fairies.

Built by Fairies

Location: Tavistock (Devon) - South Down Bridge
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: It is said that the Queen of the fairies helped build this bridge by turning some of the water below into boulders.

Fairy Fort

Location: Templemaley (County Clare) - Ballyhee (fort)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Reported 1839, current status not known
Further Comments: This fort, like another in the area and so many in Ireland, was believed to be home to a troupe of fairies.

Fairy Home

Location: Templemaley (County Clare) - Lissardcarney (fort)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Reported 1839, current status not known
Further Comments: This fort, like another in the area and so many in Ireland, was believed to be home to a troupe of fairies.

Water Fairy

Location: The Black Mountain (Dyfed) - Llyn y Fan Fach mountain lake
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa thirteenth century
Further Comments: A legend tells of a lake fairy that once emerged from Llyn y Fan Fach and married a local man. She eventually returned home to the lake after her husband hit her, but only after bearing him three sons; she later returned to teach them medical skills.

Blind the Elves!

Location: The Tweed (Northamptonshire) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: It was written that some fishermen would rub salt into their nets and sow salt into the water to blind the elves, who would otherwise ruin a good day's fishing.

Well of Our Lady

Location: Threshfield (Yorkshire) - Village well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local man stumbled across a party of goblins, only managing to elude the creatures by hiding in the well. Ever since that day, the holy well has been thought to repel evil.

Dwarven Miners

Location: Tongue (Highland) - Ben Loyal
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Working deep beneath the mountain, the dwarfs would create items for mortals only if the price were right.

Pixie Home

Location: Torquay (Devon) - Kents Cavern (aka Kent's Cavern)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of the stories the tour guides share is that the cave was once inhabited by pixies.

Dinky Men

Location: Tregoss Moor (Cornwall) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Named 'Dinky Men' by an older woman who lived in a cottage on the moor, these Cornish piskeys would help the woman and her grandchild when assistance was needed. Other visitors to the moor would be less fortunate; they would be pixie led into the bogs.

Fairy Meet

Location: Trellech (Gwent) - Area around the wells
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Fairies are said to make their presence known around this area once a year.

Piskie Kidnapping

Location: Treonike (now St Allen, Truro) (Cornwall) - Nearby woodland
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young local boy was taken one night by the fairies but found several days later alive and well. He said that a beautiful lady had taken him into a fantastic palace where he had fallen asleep, only to wake up to see his rescuers.

Cliff Dancers

Location: Trevone (Cornwall) - Newtrain Bay
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Before the cliffs eroded away, fairies were said to dance of the edge so often that the grass never grew, and tiny footprints could be seen in the dirt.

Way In

Location: Tunstead (Derbyshire) - Thor's Cave, Manifold Valley
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wayne Anthony, in Haunted Derbyshire and the Peak District, writes that hidden within the cave is an entrance to the fairy kingdom, though one needs to possess second sight to find it. A ghostly Roman centurion is said to stand guard at the mouth of the cave.

Fairy Hill

Location: Uig, Isle of Skye (Highland) - Sithean Beinne Bho'idhich - Fairy Glen
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Sounds of music and partying can be heard coming from this mound, the little folk still in full party mode. One legend says that a local fiddler was paid handsomely in gold to perform for the fairies at one of their parties. He fiddled for ten hours, after which he returned home, only to find a hundred years had elapsed.

Entrance to Fairy Land

Location: Upper Wharfedale (Yorkshire) - Fairy Hole
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A small opening in the limestone here was thought to lead to fairyland, though it is possible for a slender person to crawl into the cave.

Entrance to Fairyland

Location: Vale of Neath (West Glamorgan) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Possible twelfth century
Further Comments: Elidurus visited fairyland via an entrance located somewhere in the Vale. In the other land, horses and greyhounds were the same as our world, only much smaller, the sky was always cloudy, and the fairies consumed only milk. Elidurus returned several times, but after trying to steal some gold for his mother, discovered that the doorway to fairyland was once again hidden.

Sea Trows

Location: Ve Skerries (Shetland) - Sea in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These water-based troll-like creatures were once believed to swim the waters here, occasionally coming onto land to rest. It is thought they dressed in seal's skin while swimming, pealing it off to resemble humans when needing to leave the water.

Fairy Kitchen

Location: Vindolanda (aka Chesterholm) (Northumberland) - West of area, in ruins containing hypocausts
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The scorch marks on these ruins led to some saying the site had been used by fairies as their kitchen.

Moved

Location: Walsall (Staffordshire) - St Matthew's Church
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Church still present
Further Comments: The fairies took a dislike to where the church was going to be built, so moved the foundation stones to the top of the hill where the church was finally built.

Dancing Fairies

Location: Waterhouses (Staffordshire) - Cauldron Low
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hill here is reportedly home to the little people, who spend the night-time hours dancing on the summit.

Moved by Fairies

Location: Wendover (Buckinghamshire) - Church
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The church was planned to be built elsewhere, however the local fairy population had other plans, and moved the building materials to the place the structure now stands.

Fairy Loaves

Location: Westleton (Suffolk) - Common
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century
Further Comments: It was once believed that fossilised sea urchins that were found in a gravel pit here were loaves of bread made by fairies.

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