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Fairy Reports from the Paranormal Database

Fairies are mythical creatures that are believed to have inhabited the UK and Ireland long before humans arrived. The name fairy can be confusing, as it can refer to the collective of all metaphysical or preternatural creatures (including pixies and goblins), or a specific type of entity within that group (popularly believed to be human-like, small and capable of flight). What follows is a list where fairy encounters have (or are likely to) occur.

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

 


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 path 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.


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