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Fairy Reports from the Paranormal Database

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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.
Kidnapping
Location: Aberfoyle (Stirling) - Fairy Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1692
Further Comments: The Rev Robert Kirk is said to have been kidnapped by fairies here. He appeared in
ethereal form a couple of times after the event, begging for help in escaping from the fairy world.

Fairy Funeral
Location: Aberystruth (Gwent) - Church Lane
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small procession of fairies were reported travelling along the lane towards the church to
bury one of their own.

Coffin Makers
Location: Aghacashlaun (County Leitrim) - Corargeen (fort)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairies which lived at this fort were said to have borrowed a man's hatchet to make a
coffin for a neighbour's child two weeks prior to his death.

Dwarf with Pointed Hat


Location: Alderwasley (Derbyshire) - Hill just past Alderwasley
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The witness to this encounter stated that they once bumped into a four foot high figure
wearing a green pointed hat feeding the plants.

Little Folk

Location: Alfriston (Sussex) - Burlough (or Burlow) Castle


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Fairies once made their home here, and rewarded a local man with food after he helped one
of their kind repair a kitchen utensil.

Fairy Hill

Location: Alva (Clackmannanshire) - Alva Glen


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Famed for its fairies, these pesky fellows kidnapped a local baker's wife - she was only
returned after her husband broke the fairy spell by accidentally standing on one leg.

Secret Fairies
Location: Andreas (Isle of Man) - Shan Cashtal barrow
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairies here once travelled to and from the barrow using underground passageways
leading to a nearby churchyard (at Maughold).

Evil Fairies
Location: Annandale (Dumfries and Galloway) - Burnwark Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A palace concealed within this hill was run by an army of evil fairies - they would kidnap
anyone foolish enough to venture close to their land.

Trolls
Location: Appletreewick (Yorkshire) - Trollers Gill (or Ghyll)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Living beneath the ravine, the trolls are said to emerge at night and track down their prey humans. At least one farmer was lured to his death by their ability to trick people into straying from the road.

Short Men in Green

Location: Aran Island (County Galway) - Exact location not known


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1992
Further Comments: A fifteen year old boy spotted two figures sea fishing, each just over a metre tall, dressed in

green and wearing brown shoes. The figures chattered to each other in Irish before jumping up and vanishing.
One of the figures left a small pipe behind which the witness took, although it later disappeared when 'safely'
locked away.

Leprechaun's Shoe
Location: Ardrah (County Cork) - Field in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small shoe said to belong to a leprechaun was found near the village by a cow herder.
Unfortunately the man forgot to take it home, and when he went to retrieve it the following day, it had gone.

Pooka

Location: Ashby de la Zouch (Leicestershire) - Private residence


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1990
Further Comments: A witness who awoke in the middle of the night encountered what she believed to be a fairy
entity known as a Pooka, sleeping over the pelmet of a landing window. The creature was similar to a little piglet
but with a longer, pointy nose and no visible tail. The part of the house where the sighting happened is on the pat
of a ley line.

Bagpipes
Location: Athgreany (County Wicklow) - Stone circle, aka Piper's Stones
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: Played by the fairy folk, the sound of bagpipes could once be heard emerging from the
stones. A tree in the centre of the stone circle is considered to belong to the fairies.

Sprites & Pixies


Location: Ballona (Isle of Man) - Ballona Bridge
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 20 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: On this day the fairy population comes out in force. If they are not acknowledged by any

one crossing the bridge, the fairy folk have no hesitation in making their presence felt.

Bankruptcy
Location: Ballyconnell (County Cavan) - Aughrim Wedge Tomb
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: November 2011
Further Comments: According to the Belfast Telegraph, former billionaire Sean Quinn moved the Aughrim
Wedge Tomb in 1992, which was home to fairy folk. These little entities cursed the man responsible for the
relocation - Sean was at one point worth just under five billion euros, and as of November 2011, he only had
eleven thousand euros in the bank.

Bagpipers
Location: Ballyedmond (County Cork) - Fort Field
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fort in this field was home to four fairy bagpipers dressed in red.

Black Goat
Location: Ballyvaughan (County Clare) - Poulaphuca, area around dolmen
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This goat, though by some to be a fairy being, resides over the tombs in the area. The
creature causes anyone who threatens the land to develop a hunchback.

Idris

Location: Barmouth (Gwynedd) - Cader Idris (aka Caldair Idris)


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Idris was said to be a wise giant, who may have had links with King Arthur. People would
avoid the area at night, convinced that fairies would drive them mad. Another legend says that the site was the
hunting ground of Gwyn ap Nudd (Ruler of the Otherworld) who searched the area with a pack of Cwn Annwn,
looking for souls to take back home. Finally. Strange lights are said to appear around the summit for the first few

days of a new year.

Tiny Green People

Location: Bassenthwaite (Cumbria) - Piel Wyke


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Two children digging on the mound said they unearthed a small cottage with a slate roof,
though when they returned a short time later, the construction had vanished. A few days later their father saw two
small people in green standing on the hill - they vanished into it.

Fighting Fairies
Location: Battlebridge (County Roscommon) - Bridge
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmer from Sheemore (Co Leitrim) who once helped the fairies had his cattle taken by
bailiffs. The bailiffs drove the cattle for a few miles before being intercepted by the fairies at a bridge, where the
bailiffs were beaten by invisible foes and scared away. Legend says this is how Battlebridge received its name.

Colt Pixie
Location: Beaulieu Heath (Hampshire) - Cold Pixie's Cave
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.

Water Fairies
Location: Beddgelert (Gwynedd) - Aberglaslyn Pass
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A witness watched the little people playing merrily in the water at the pass. Nearby is the
grave of Gelert (the dog that was mistakenly killed by its master after saving a child from a wolf) where the
hound's ghost has been reported. Finally, the ghostly woman in white who haunts the area is an ill omen, with

death said to follow a sighting.

Knockers

Location: Bedruthan (Cornwall) - Beach, cliff top, & Bedruthan Steps


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Some believe these creatures to resemble mutant dwarfs (two foot high, large eyes with
deformed and twisted heads), while others call them the ghosts of those killed while being forced to work for the
Romans... Either way, they can be heard mining and picking away at the rocks underground in these areas.

Helpful Fairies
Location: Beedon (Berkshire) - Burrow Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people here are traditionally helpful in
nature, and once fixed a plough for a farmer. When archaeologists tried
to dig up the barrow in 1850, a storm blew up and drove them away. A
golden coffin is said to be buried in the area.

Small Staircase
Location: Beetham (Cumbria) - The Fairy Steps
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Too small for normal human use, the stairs are believed to have been designed
for fairy use

Young Girl

Location: Ben Alder (Highland) - Below the mountain, en route for Loch Ossian
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: April / May 2011
Further Comments: Having traversed old drover track on western shoulder of Ben Alder, a walker was looking
for a suitable spot to cross a stream. The walker noticed the image of a smiling young girl, dressed in blue/green
watery outfit, sitting on a slab of rock amidst the fast moving water. She was pointing to the water, enticing the
walker to cross. The walker panicked and moved further downstream, crossing at a point where the water was
calmer.

Fairy Song
Location: Bincombe Down (Dorset) - Singing Barrows
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Midday (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Local superstition states that if you place your ear to the ground here at midday, you can
hear the soft singing of fairy folk.

Fairy Rings
Location: Birstall (Leicestershire) - Mill Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area was widely believed to be the haunt of fairy folk, where they would come and
dance in the pale moonlight.

Fairy Guardians

Location: Bishopton (Durham) - Castle Hill


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though the castle is long gone, the area is still a place where fairies hide - anyone trying to
steal earth or soil from the land is warned off by whispering voices.

Fairy Fair

Location: Black Down Hills (Somerset) - General area


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Seventeenth century?
Further Comments: Fairies were once believed to hold annual fairs on the hills, singing and dancing throughou
the night.

Fairy Cow
Location: Bosfrancan (Cornwall) - Field called Park-an-Ventan (no longer there?)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local farmer once kept a cow that was used by fairies after dark - the little folk were
driven away, and the farmer's luck changed from good to bad.

Little Man
Location: Bottlehill (County Cork) - Road heading towards Cork
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Farmer Mick Purcell was forced to take his cow to Cork to sell. While on the road Purcell
met a little man and swopped the cow for a small bottle. Understandably, returning home with a bottle instead of
money upset Purcell's wife, until he opened it - out sprang two figures which covered the table with gold and
silver dishes.

Figures in Brown
Location: Bournemouth (Dorset) - Branksome Park estate
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Seen in a garden on this estate, several little people dressed in brown played in and around
the bushes before being scared off.

Fairy Home
Location: Braddan (Isle of Man) - 'Real' Fairy Bridge
Type: Fairy

Date / Time: Bridge still present


Further Comments: This is another site said to be home to the fairies, although details are fleeting.

Fairy Photographs
Location: Bradford (Yorkshire) - Cottingley, fields around
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1917
Further Comments: Becoming world famous, the handful of fairy photographs taken here by the girls Elsie &
Frances are still a bone of contention in the fortean world. The book by Joe Cooper, 'The Case of the Cottingley
Fairies', is worth reading for further (and very detailed) information.

Urisk
Location: Breadalbane (Stirling) - Hills around the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Urisk were said to be part human and part fairy, and shunned by both races. They would
sometimes be seen sitting by the roadside, or loitering outside farms and other buildings in want of food.

Secret Door
Location: Brecon Beacons (Powys) - Llyn Cwm Llwch, somewhere in the area of
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 01 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Once a year, a secret door opens here which will take mortals to the fairy realm. The door
was once always open, but after a man stole a fairy flower, access was restricted. The area is also home to an old
woman who uses music to lure the weak willed into the lake waters where they drown - once she has killed nine
hundred people she will regain her youth and become mortal.

Goat Man
Location: Bridge of Orchy (Argyll and Bute) - Ben Doran
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown

Further Comments: This Urisk was banished to the mountain by a saint, and has remained here since.

Music in the Air


Location: Bridport (Dorset) - Colmer's Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1939
Further Comments: Fairy music was once not uncommon in this area. While last heard in 1939 by a group of
school children, one hundred years previous it was said a young girl danced herself to death to the tunes.

Market Place
Location: Bridport (Dorset) - Langdon Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The hill and the area around it is said to be a haven for the fairy folk - one man once
stumbled upon a fairy market from which he tried to steal gold. By the time he reached home, the coins had
changed into pebbles.

Little Red Capped Man


Location: Brixham (Devon) - Area around Lupton House
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The author Violet Tweedale reported seeing a twelve centimetre tall man dressed in green,
sitting beneath a small plant. He vanished after a minute of her observing him.

Dying Cattle
Location: Brosna (County Kerry) - Former croft at Knockeencreen (currently a cattle shed?)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: A man whose cattle were dying mysteriously was informed by a passing gypsy that his
home was blocking a fairy path, and by leaving the doors open at night, the fairies could pass happily pass
through. The man did so, and the deaths stopped.

Gnomes
Location: Broxted (Essex) - Broxted & Tilty area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Appearing at all times of the day and night, locals have blamed the gnomes and other fairy
folk for a multitude of tricks. A number of sightings have been reported, though none in living memory.

Uniformed Pixies

Location: Brynberian (Dyfed) - Pentre Ifan Cromlech


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These little people, standing a couple of feet tall, wore red military uniforms, as if guarding
the burial site. Other people have seen the little people dancing over the dolman.

Fairy Battle
Location: Buckland St Mary (Somerset) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The town is said to have become a battleground for a fairy war - red fairies with pointed
ears engaged little green pixies until the former group were driven out.

Bee Hole Boggart


Location: Burnley (Lancashire) - Area around Burnley
Football Club
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Years before the area was
developed, the entity patrolled the area looking for
people - it once kidnapped and murdered an old woman,
leaving her skin to be discovered on a rose bush.

Fairy Hangout
Location: Burnsall (Yorkshire) - Elbolton Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pixies, fairies and other members of the little people are still said to live in and around the
hill.

Last Home

Location: Burpham (Sussex) - Harrow Hill


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The last fairies in England are said to have resided here, until chased away in the 1900's by
archaeologists.

Sound of Little People


Location: Butcombe (Somerset) - Fairy's Toot, aka Nempnett Thrubwell
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sounds attributed to goblins have been heard underground in this area.

Water Spirit
Location: Buxton (Derbyshire) - Moorland near the Roaches
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Appearing just before the witness went skinny-dipping, this thirty foot tall
water elemental scared the potential swimmer away.

Music
Location: Cahir (County Tipperary) - Knockgraffon Motte
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies could once be heard making music under this artificial hill.

Dancing
Location: Calver (Derbyshire) - Stocking Field
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: People once believed the fairies came out at dusk and celebrated by dancing in this field.

Little People
Location: Capel St. Mary (Suffolk) - Old house on edge of woods
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies were once said to frequent this locale.

Little People
Location: Carmyllie (Angus) - Carmylie Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once a popular place for pixies to frequent and dance, they have not been seen in recent

years. They are said to be protecting a concealed hoard of gold.

Changeling
Location: Castlemartyr (County Cork) - Exact location not known
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mary Scannell discovered that her own healthy baby had been replaced by a sickly child
which did not stop crying - a changeling! A wise woman told Mary to underfeed the changeling and to beat it.
Within a week the new child had gone, and the fairies returned Mary's own baby.

Dancing Folk
Location: Cauldon Low (Staffordshire) - Ribden Lowe (round barrow on top of a hill)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: The round barrow on this site was home to a hundred or so dancing fairies (according to
Mary Howitt), with nine harp players to provide music.

Watching Pixies
Location: Challacombe (Devon) - Area between village and Chapman's Barrows, locally known as Pixie Rocks
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These little fellows use the rocks as a lookout area, the jagged crags forming a natural
defence.

The Funny Man


Location: Chelmsford (Essex) - Springfield Place, near Chelmsford
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1864, 1946
Further Comments: Many have complained of being harassed by an unknown force while at the building,
reports blaming an ugly little dwarf said to haunt the area, particularly the churchyard.

Dwarf
Location: Chudleigh Knighton (Devon) - Exact location unknown
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This little man is said to stand guard over a fabulous wealth, once concealed from greedy
men.

Strange Sprite

Location: Church Stowe (Northamptonshire) - St Michael's Church


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: During construction of the church
Further Comments: This religious building was due to be built in a slightly different position, but every night a
large fairy appeared and moved the walls. The builders finally gave in and finished the construction where the
sprite recommended.

Little Old Men with Long Beards and Pointy Hats


Location: Clacton-on-Sea (Essex) - Jaywick's Frobisher Primary School, school field
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: Two girls watched a couple of fairy folk, described as looking like the average garden
gnome, dig a hole in the school's playing field.

Fairy Music
Location: Clava Cairns (Highland) - Stone Cairns
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The haunting sound of fiddling
has been heard in this ancient area, leading some to say
that the music is produced by fairies. A few people who
have removed stones from the site are reported have
returned them after suffering from bad luck.

Dancing Trolls
Location: Cleveland (Yorkshire) - New Marske Woods
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Around midnight
Further Comments: Small troll-like creatures are said to party and play jovial music in this wooded area. They
welcome anyone who shows no fear of them.

Urisk
Location: Clifton (Perth and Kinross) - Eas Na H'urvisg - waterfall
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The cascade of water is named after the human/fairy hybrid that once lived there.

Chatterer

Location: Clitheroe (Lancashire) - Well Hall


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An entity here was said to keep a former owner company - the old woman would sit by the
fire with the spirit next to her.

Dancing Pixies
Location: Clocaenog Forest (Clwyd) - General area, & Craig Bron Bannog hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people have been seen in this area for many years now, often dancing the night
(and day) away.

Pwca

Location: Clydach (Gwent) - Pwll y Cwn pool


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A water spirit, Pwca was once thought to hide out in this deep pool of water located under
the waterfall here.

Party
Location: Cockden (Lancashire) - Hey Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people were said to use this area as a meeting ground.

Hidden Fairies
Location: Cockermouth (Cumbria) - Castle How - hillfort
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Children digging in the area were said to have unearthed a small fairy house - it later
vanished, along with their digging equipment, though two small figures were observed in the area for several
days afterwards.

Fairies Playing around Trees


Location: Colchester (Essex) - Victoria Road
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: An inhabitant of the road watched a group of fairies dancing around an old tree trunk.

Little Man
Location: Coleford (Gloucestershire) - Unknown building in town
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1926?
Further Comments: A little man-like figure was found in crawling around in a coal scuttle. The figure was

carried out and left on the driveway, never to be seen again.

Angry Dwarf
Location: Colne (Lancashire) - Hobstones Farm
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1950 to 1974
Further Comments: This entity, part fairy and part ghost, was seen many times and drove out several families,
until exorcised by clergy. The bleeding, severed arm was said to be the most noticeable and terrifying feature of
the manifestation. Phantom cavaliers were also reported, as were violent poltergeist outbreaks.

Ugly Fairy
Location: Corsham (Wiltshire) - Churchyard
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This little creature, standing no taller than one metre, was seen sitting upon one of the
gravestones. It was once seen by two women - one fainted, the other traumatised. A third woman with them saw
nothing.

Brownie
Location: Cranshaws (Borders) - Cranshaws Tower
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This friendly entity would help keep the building clean and tidy, though it left for good
after a servant criticised the quality of its work.

Leprechaun
Location: Crookstown (County Cork) - Fort in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This little fellow wore a red cap, a black jacket, long grey stockings and
narrow shoes with turned up toes. His home was in a row of bushes which grew close to the fort.
Most people knew not to go near the bushes, but Mr Sullivan decided that they needed a trim. After a

few minutes cutting away, he severed the top of his finger, so quit the task.

Goblins
Location: Crossways (Dorset) - Buck Barrow, Knighton Heath Wood
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Barrow still present
Further Comments: The name of this barrow implies it was once
believed to be haunted by goblins or other fairy folk.

Dancing Sheppard
Location: Crymch (Dyfed) - Freni-Fawr mountain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A youth tending to his sheep was convinced to dance by a small group of fairies - when he
did, he was transported to fairyland, but returned to the mountain once he stopped his jig.

Tylwyth Teg

Location: Cwm y Llan (Gwynedd) - General area of the valley


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Tylwyth Teg, a race of fairies believed to be the souls of druids, are thought to reside in
this valley.

Malekin

Location: Dagworth (Suffolk) - The house of Sir Osberni de Bradewelle


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1189-1199
Further Comments: Malekin would converse with the family of Sir Osberni de Bradewelle, sharing people's
secrets and humouring householders in the voice of a one year old child. The entity would speak in both English
and Latin, and while Malekin could be heard and felt, he only appeared once; manifesting as a child dressed in a
white tunic to a woman who agreed not to try and touch him. Malekin claimed that he had been born in
Lavenham, removed from a field after being left there by his mother, and he had a hat which made him invisible.

Pixies
Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - New Bridge
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several of these small creatures are said to loiter around the area.

Pixie
Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Shaugh Bridge area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1897
Further Comments: This wee fellow, standing 45 centimetres in height and wearing blue and red clothing,
quickly vanished once he realised he had been spotted. The area is also said to be where the Devil and his
hellhounds hunt.

Little People
Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Sheepstor - Pixies Cave
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The cave was shared with the pixies by humans when hiding during the Civil War.

Fairy Treasure
Location: Dinghurst (Somerset) - Dolebury Warren hillfort
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in red cloth, the fairies would keep an eye on their treasure buried under the
hillfort. Fairy pipes were said to have been found around the site.

Donn of the Sandhills

Location: Dough (County Clare) - Close to the site of the old castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Donn was said to be one of the most powerful fairy kings, but he was forgotten about as he
lacked a bard to sing his praises.

Lilac Balls of Light

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Glenasmole, Bohernabreena


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Some locals say that these balls of light, lilac in colour, are fairies; others say they are the
manifestation of a lady who lost her way in a bad snowstorm in the middle ages and consequently died - she now
tries to prevent her fate from happening to others.

Taken by Fairies?

Location: Dunblane (Stirling) - Bridgehill area


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: A pedlar by the name of Scobie who once lived here was said to make his living by trading
with fairies. On the evening prior to his disappearance, on neighbour spotted him and said he looked 'fay-like'. A
few months later his body was discovered in a glen which was then named Scobie's Wood.

Music
Location: Durness (Highland) - Fraisgell's Cave - Loch Eribol
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Created by fairies, this music emerges from the cave and floats across the waters of Loch
Eribol.

Moved Church
Location: East Chelborough (Dorset) - Castle Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A church was in the process of being constructed at the base of this hill when local fairies
took exception. They moved all the stones to Lewcombe, where the church was finally built.

Albino Dwarf

Location: Eastbourne (Sussex) - Claremont school


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1918
Further Comments: Seen by the novelist Pamela Frankau when at school here, this little creature ran across her
bedroom floor and escaped via the landing, fading from view.

Gateway
Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Calton Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Seventeenth century
Further Comments: A gateway leading to the fairy
kingdom was reported on the hill, though only those
with second sight could see and use the mythical
entrance.

Vanishing Piper
Location: Ednam (Borders) - Nearby mound known as the Piper's Grave (aka Picts Knowe)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Believing the fairies within the mound would teach him new tunes, a piper entered to seek
enlightenment. He was never seen again.

Brown Man
Location: Elsdon (Northumberland) - Elsdon Moor
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A stocky dwarf like figure, the brown man looks after the local wildlife, and has been
known to kill anyone who persistently harms the natural balance.

Awfshots

Location: Esk Valley (Yorkshire) - General area, including Goathland and Danby
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Awfshots, flint arrowheads used by ancient people, were traditionally believed to have been
used by fairies. Farmers would touch their cattle with the arrowheads for protection. Emily Bronte refers to the
objects in her work.

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.

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.

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.

Hyter Sprite
Location: Hempnall (Norfolk) - Area around Hempnall and Topcroft
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to resemble little people, this area was another home to the fairies known as Hyter
Sprites.

Fairy Tunnels
Location: Hoghton (Lancashire) - Underground in the area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The rabbits and fairies in this village are said to live side by side in the warrens.

Boggart
Location: Horbury (Yorkshire) - General area around the village
Type: Fairy

Date / Time: Early twentieth century


Further Comments: Two people were attacked within weeks of each other by a creature they reported as being
ice cold, hairy, with glowing eyes. The area is said to have reports going back hundreds of years of a Boggart
creeping around, trying to kill the unwary. This creature shouldn't be confused with the white shuck-like dog,
which also haunts the neighbourhood.

Angry Little Men


Location: Hoy (Orkney) - Cliff top at Torness
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: Seen by a witness throwing themselves off the cliff edge in a mad dance, the witness said
that these small men looked 'primitive', with long dark hair.

Boggart
Location: Huddersfield (Yorkshire) - Lascells Hall
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A nature spirit has been reported haunting the hall.

Agile Green Folk


Location: Ilkley (Yorkshire) - Area near the well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1815
Further Comments: Described as fast moving little folk in green, the fairies that lived in this area were once
found in the single village bath - they scarpered when discovered.

Red Capped Fairies


Location: Inchigeela (County Cork) - Close to a stream?
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A group of fairies dancing around in the moonlight ran away after being told they should

talk to a priest to have their question of 'will they go to heaven' answered.

Singing
Location: Inchiquin (County Clare) - Cahernanoorane (fort)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Fairy song was said to have been heard coming from this fort.

Lile Hob of Blea Moor


Location: Ingleton (Yorkshire) - Road between Ingleton and Hawes
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This pixie like creature would loiter on the roadside and leap onto passing
carts, in order to blag a free ride. The Hob vanished when a shepherd stumbled upon three little silver
armbands left in a field, one of which he lost and the others he sold.

Fiddler in a Timeslip
Location: Inverness (Highland) - Tomnahurich Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One story told here is of a fiddler
who fell asleep on the hill. He awoke in fairyland where
he had to play for the queen. After several hours he was
allowed to leave and was returned to an area near the
River Ness. The fiddler soon discovered that one
hundred years had past since entering the fairy
kingdom.

The Call
Location: Iona, Mull (Argyll and Bute) - General area
Type: Fairy

Date / Time: Unknown


Further Comments: A strange spell is occasionally cast upon mortals by the fairy folk that causes them to
believe they must leave the island, be it by land, sea or death.

Marie Emily Fornario


Location: Iona, Mull (Argyll and Bute) - Reilig Odhrain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1930s onwards
Further Comments: Ghost lights are seen hovering around the grave of Marie, and her sad figure has been
reported moving around moorland in the region.

Fairy Music
Location: Iona, Mull (Argyll and Bute) - Sithean Mor - Fairy Mound
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: From this grassy knoll sweet music has been heard by both locals and visitors to the area.

Fairy Royals
Location: Ireshope (Durham) - Clint's Crags
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairy royal family are supposed to live in a palace hidden here.

How do they Smell?


Location: Island of Mull (Argyll and Bute) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people on this island are renowned for only having one nostril.

Bean-nighe
Location: Island of Mull (Argyll and Bute) - River by Moy Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1500s
Further Comments: The Bean-nighe is a Scottish spirit, an ill bringer
who would be seen washing the clothes of those soon to die. This
creature has long breasts, slung over her shoulders, and if one was
grabbed from behind she would tell to whom the clothes belonged; if
yours, she could change fate. The owner of the castle, upon seeing the
creature, tried to grab it and failed - he died in battle the following day.
As if this entity was not enough to contend with, the area is haunted by a
headless horseman.

Dancing Dwarfs
Location: Kenchester (Hereford & Worcester) - Roman Ruins
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people here made their homes in the Roman ruins scattered around.

Clothe Washing
Location: Kettleness (Yorkshire) - Claymore Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa 1650
Further Comments: Reports of fairies frequenting this area date from the seventeenth century, with three men
and one woman claiming to have stumbled upon the fairies making merry at midnight. One twentieth century
author wrote that the little folk washed their clothes at the site, their wooden rollers making so much noise that
they could be heard a mile away.

Mushroom Givers

Location: Kilnsey (Yorkshire) - Surrounding fields


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witness who watched a troop of fairies dancing a circle returned the following morning t
find a ring of mushrooms in the same place, given to him for not disturbing their dance.

Fairies in Retreat
Location: Kirk Bride (Isle of Man) - Lough Goayr
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Locals say that when the fairies were last seen here, they shouted out 'Hey for Ireland!'.

King's Home

Location: Knighton (Somerset) - Knighton Farm


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The King of the pixies once lived in this area, but the ringing of the church bells drove him
away.

Fairy Music
Location: Kyle of Lochalsh (Highland) - Clann Mhic Crumein
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The finest music in all of Scottish fairydom can be heard here.

Donn Dumhach
Location: Lahinch (County Clare) - Sandhills around Dough Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairy king known as Donn Dumhach was once believed to live amongst the sandhills.

Fairy Fairs
Location: Lands End (Cornwall) - Cliff edges
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Only visible from the sea, flickering lights
on the cliff side indicate where the little people are celebrating
and partying.

Boggles

Location: Lanercost (Cumbria) - Banks of the river


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Pre nineteenth century
Further Comments: These northern fairies would play merry havoc near the rivers, frightening horses and rider
alike.

Water Nymph
Location: Laugharne (Dyfed) - Laugharne Park, close to the estuary
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 22 November 2009, midnight
Further Comments: While on holiday, one lady observed a pale skinned, red headed woman moving across the
park, although the way the entity's green and blue clothing flowed, appeared to be moving through water. The
woman smiled before vanishing.

Gold Guardians
Location: Lelant (Cornwall) - Trencrom Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This hill was formed when a giant buried his treasure, leaving a troop of warrior fairies to
protect it. They have been called into action at least once, appearing as a would-be treasure hunter arrived armed
with pick and shovel.

Little Folk
Location: Lewesdon Hill (Dorset) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Cat and fairies unknown, headless horseman during late 1970s
Further Comments: The second highest peak in Dorset is said to be home to a extended family of fairies. In
recent years, there have been reports of a large black cat living in the area. In the late 1970s, a woman and her
two children all witnessed a headless horseman emerging from a fog bank.

Fairy Riders
Location: Limerick (County Limerick) - Carrigogunnell Castle
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Beneath the castle a company of fairies on horseback wait for the day they are needed.

Water Sprite
Location: Linlithgow (Lothian) - River running through area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This malicious little entity is reported to lure the unwary into the water to drown.

Boy playing Flute

Location: Liphook (Hampshire) - General area


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure was seen and heard on the lanes, in trees and behind bushes in this village - the
music he produced described as enchanting, but with an underlying danger. The same area is haunted by a pale
white calf.

Fiddling Fairies

Location: Llangollen (Clwyd) - Castell Dinas Bran


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An innocent shepherd here was caught up in a fairy dance - he couldn't stop 'strutting his
funky stuff' until the following day, when his master found him in a field. The location is also a contender for the
resting place of the Holy Grail.

Dancing Fairies
Location: Llangua (Gwent) - Llangua church, fields behind
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Witnesses here watched a troop of fairies dancing in the fields behind the village church,
before they all headed off towards the wood.

Entrance
Location: Llanymynech (Shropshire) - Ogo Hole
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Locals say that the hill contains a doorway into the fairy realm.

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.

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.

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 (occasional referred to as Oxeford) (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.

The Picktree Brag


Location: Pelton (Durham) - Exact location unknown
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A goblin which enjoyed playing tricks on the locals, this creature would normally take the
form of a farm animal before creating mischief.

Angry Fairies

Location: Penmaen (West Glamorgan) - Pennard Castle (ruins)


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The owner of this former castle once refused the local fairies the right to dance at his
wedding party. The upset little people conjured up a massive storm which then destroyed the building. The site is
now home to a Gwrach-y-rhibyn.

Singing Fairies
Location: Pentraeth (Gwynedd) - Mynydd Llwydiarth
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Heard singing on the mountain and from the nearby lake, these fairies were very rarely
seen.

Fairy Funerals
Location: Penwortham (Lancashire) - Church Avenue
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairy funeral processions were said to once have occurred here, always by the soft light of
the moon. It is reportedly unlucky for mortals to gaze upon them.

Fairy Fair
Location: Pitminster (Somerset) - Blackdown Hill, between Pitminster and Churchinford (once known as
Chestonford)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A villager riding home spotted a large fair taking place on the hill, with many people
dressed in colourful clothing. He decided to investigate further, but as he rode up to the site, the fair vanished.
After riding through the area, the villager turned, and was once again able to see the event behind him.

Fairy Kingdom

Location: Pontneddfechan (Powys) - Criag-y-Coed


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This rocky outcrop is said to be the last haunt of the fairy folk in Wales.

Naked Pixies

Location: Porlock Vale (Somerset) - Meadows around area


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pixies in this neck of the woods would sit around their fires naked, and if seen by a human,
the voyeur would be 'fairy led' - forced to dance and run in frenzy through woodland until sunrise.

Mass Evacuation
Location: Portland (Dorset) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1750s
Further Comments: When the first church bell rang
across this region, all the local fairies packed their bags
and fled.

The Hall Knocker


Location: Poulton le Fylde (Lancashire) - Stalmine
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This entity, now dismissed and contained under a stone in the local church, would help out
the local farmers with the more boring tasks.

Funeral

Location: Pulborough (Sussex) - Park Mound, castle ruins


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A funeral procession of little people was once seen in the grounds of this ruin.

Little People
Location: Puxley (Northamptonshire) - General area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is thought the village is named after a type of fairy that once frequented the area.

Eveling
Location: Ravenglass (Cumbria) - Roman ruins
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Eveling, King of the Fairies, along with his daughter Modron lived in the Roman ruins
found here.

Helpful Hob

Location: Reeth (Yorkshire) - Sturfitt Hall


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A domesticated fairy who took up residence here left when the owner insulted it by offering
the creature a new set of clothing.

Lady of the Lake


Location: Rhondda (Mid Glamorgan) - Llyn Fawr
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This beautiful woman sits on a stone on the bank of the lake, though she dives under the
water if she becomes aware of anyone watching her.

Entrance to Fairyland
Location: Rhyd-ddu (Gwynedd) - Llyn Cwellyn
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: There was once a way into fairyland here - one man who took it disappeared
for seven years! A nearby lake contains a floating island, from which fairy music can be heard.

Coal Discovery

Location: Rhymney (Gwent) - Valley area


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The coal deposits in the valley are said to have been discovered by fairies after they killed a
giant which was attacking their homes. The giant was assassinated as he slept and the fairies set fire to his body;
they realised that the ground continued to burn after their enemy's body had turned to ash.

Music in the Air


Location: Risca (Gwent) - Twm Barlwm mountain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies are said to produce the sweet music which occasionally drifts down from the
mountain at night.

Peg Powler
Location: River Tees (Durham) - Waters of the river
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This water entity would pull under anyone who swam too close to her home - witnesses
would only see her green hair seconds before their friends who would be pulled under the water.

White Horse
Location: River Wharfe (Yorkshire) - Wharfedale's Strid
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 01 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Together with a fairy, this pale horse rises from the dangerous waters once a year. It has
been known to drown people who come too close.

Cure for Whooping Cough


Location: Runswick Bay (Yorkshire) - Hob Holes - caves along the coastline
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Any child taken into the caves at low tide would be cured by the little people who lived
within.

Goblin Home

Location: Ryme Intrinseca (Dorset) - Buckbarrow (current name of location unknown)


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Seventeenth century?
Further Comments: Though no trace of the structure now remains, a barrow in this neighbourhood was once the
home of goblins (or a close fairy family member).

Healing Waters
Location: Sabden (Lancashire) - Fairy Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: The one time rendezvous point of the little folk, their magical powers ensured the water of
the well cured the sick.

Blessing

Location: Santon (Isle of Man) - 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 recen
years, people have begun to leave gifts and notes on a nearby tree for the fairies.

Several Dancers in White Muslin


Location: Saxmundham (Suffolk) - Harpers Lane
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Observed by a couple of young children, the dancers only remained visible for a few
seconds before disappearing.

Jinny On Boggard

Location: Scunthorpe (Lincolnshire) - River Trent on Humberside / Lincolnshire border, area known as Jenny
Hurn bend
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This little creature was like a small man or woman, though it had a face of a seal with long
hair. It travelled on the water in a large pie dish. Another creature here, or possibly another form of the same one,
had large tusks and swam in the water; it would only leave to feed.

Fairy Fort

Location: Shannon (County Clare) - Airport


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1958
Further Comments: While constructing a new runway during the 1950s, the chief engineer was warned that the
work would result in the destruction of a fairy fort - the location of the runway was changed, leaving the fort
undisturbed.

Apports

Location: Shiant Islands (Outer Hebrides) - General area


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The island is renown for its mischievous fairies, who take objects or mysteriously place
other objects in strange places.

Pixies

Location: Shurton (Somerset) - Wick Barrow, aka Pixies Mound (on the site of Hinkley Point power station,
private property)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: This barrow was the home to pixies, who were said to have caused several accidents during
the construction of the power station.

Farm Hand

Location: Skipton (Yorkshire) - Close House


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Being a dab hand with corn thrashing, this fairy fellow was most welcome at the house, but
left when accidentally insulted by the owner.

Fairy Flag

Location: Sligachan, Isle of Skye (Highland) - Dunvegan Castle


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Flag of the MacLeod's was given to them by a fairy that changed herself into a mortal
and married into the family - it can only be used three times, but each time it is waved, it grants the MacLeods
victory over a foe. Used twice before (1490 & 1580), the flag remained true to the fairy's words. The Fairy Bridg
near the castle is considered inherently evil, and upsets animals.

Leaving Fairies

Location: Snizort, Isle of Skye (Highland) - Dun Borve


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The locals once played a trick on the fairies here - they promptly moved away in protest.

Dancing Fairies
Location: Snowdon (Gwynedd) - Llyn Du'r Arddu
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This small lake on the north side of Snowdon is home to a number of fairies and goblins
who dance around the shoreline.

Little People

Location: South Barrule (Isle of Man) - 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 sleeps under the hill, cursed by Merlin.

Fairy Fort

Location: South Harris (Outer Hebrides) - Dun Borbe


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This old hill fort once belonged to the fairies, although by stabbing the hill with a knife, on
can hear the little people speak.

Nanny Diamonds
Location: Southwell, Portland (Dorset) - Road between Southwell and Cheyne
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little folk are still reputed to dance and cause mischief along this piece of road.

Speech
Location: Sowerby (Yorkshire) - Pudding Pie Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies can be heard talking within the hill if the listener either runs around the hill nine
times anticlockwise while the moon is waxing, or they stick a knife into the centre of the mound, or both.

Fairy Feast
Location: St Catherine's Point (Isle of Wight) - Puckaster Cove
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people were once seen here, eating and having a party.

Blinded
Location: St John (Jersey) - Lavoir des Dames
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The fairies which were believed to live bathe here would strike anyone blind who spotted
them. The area is also said to be home to spooky noises, although the source is unknown.

Dancing People
Location: St Just (Cornwall) - Carn Gluze barrow
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Traditionally the homes of fairies, this barrow is one of many in the area and the little
people have been seen dancing around it.

Gateway to Fairyland

Location: St Pierre du Bois (Guernsey) - Creux es Faies (megalithic tomb),


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Tomb still present
Further Comments: Legend names this site as an entrance to fairyland, with the little people being
seen milling around the doorway. If one left a bowl of porridge by the doorway with unfinished
knitting overnight, by the following day the bowl would be empty and the knitting complete.

Washing Folk
Location: Staining (Lancashire) - High Cross way
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These fairies would arrive in the area at midnight to make use of the stream water to wash
their clothing.

Cake Baking Fairies


Location: Stogursey (Somerset) - Wick Barrow
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The pixies here rewarded a man with a cake after he helped them repair a cooking
implement.

Soft Ringing
Location: Stourpaine (Dorset) - Church
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people ring the church bells after covering them with dew, ensuring the soft
ringing is seldom heard by mortals.

Dozen Dancing Fairies


Location: Stowmarket (Suffolk) - Exact area unknown
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1842

Further Comments: Whilst walking one night, a gentleman watched a dozen doll-like figures dancing around in
a ring. He reported them as being more like little ghosts than solid creatures, making no sound and wearing
sparkling dresses, standing no more than three foot high. Fairies were once quite common (as common as fairy
sightings are) in the meadows along this road.

Tiny Frolicsome People


Location: Stowmarket (Suffolk) - Tavern Street
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Appearing only at night, tiny
people were often seen dancing and singing along
Tavern Street, disappearing only after becoming aware
that they were being watched.

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.

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 a 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
troop 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
troop of fairies.

Water Fairy
Location: The Black Mountain (Dyfed) - Llyn y Fan Fach mountain lake
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
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.

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 was 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.

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 (Cornwall) - Nearby woodland
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young local boy was taken one night by the
fairies, and 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 his rescuers.

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 Roman centurion
also haunts the cave, and is said to guard the mouth.

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 past.

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.

Sea Trows
Location: Ve Skerries (Shetlands) - 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.

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
actually loaves of bread made by fairies.

Troll Home
Location: Whaness (Orkney) - Dwarfie Stane
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: This stone, thrown into location by an angry giant, became the home of a
passing troll.

Rabbit-sized Demon

Location: Willoughton (Lincolnshire) - Country lane


Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This sober witness stated that, while cycling, a small bipedal creature with horns ran out in
front of him, travelling just as fast as the bicycle. It disappeared as it hopped on a grass verge.

Pixie Party
Location: Wold Newton (Lincolnshire) - Willy Howe barrow
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A human gatecrasher reported joining a pixie party that was occurring within this barrow he soon ran off, not wanting to fall under a fairy spell.

Butter Makers
Location: Worsthrone (Lancashire) - Jam Hole Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies and other little folk would use this area to churn their milk into butter.