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Folklore & folklorists

Anne Jefferies

Young Cornish servant girl endowed with the power to heal and prophetise after being visited by fairies


A female spirit in Irish and Scottish folklore whose wailing voice is heard before the death of a member of the family to which she is attached.


A brownie or spirit who worked in the mines of Northern England pushing wagons out of the mines, usually appearing as a blue light.

Church grim

The church grim is a spirit that protects graveyards from witches and the Devil, usually appearing as a black dog.

Devil’s door

Devil’s doors are blocked-up doors in the north wall of a church, once believed to have been an escape route for the Devil when he left a child as a result of the sacrament of baptism.


Spirits also known as powries, said to haunt the peel towers and castles of the Scottish border with England.

Emic and etic

Emic and etic are terms used to describe two different kinds of field research in a wide field of studies, from the view of the insider or the observer respectively.

Ernest W. Marwick

Scottish writer, folklorist and antiquarian particularly noted for his texts on Orkney folklore and history


An apparition in the form of a double of a living person, often a portent of death.

Jennifer Westwood

Jennifer Westwood (5 January 1940 – 12 May 2008) was a British author, broadcaster and folklorist with a particular interest in English Language, Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse.

Jessie Saxby

Jessie Margaret Saxby was an author and folklorist from Unst, one of the Shetland Islands of Scotland. She also had political interests and was a suffragette.

Jinney Bingham, Mother Damnable

17th-century woman, also known as Mother Red Cap and the Shrew of Kentish Town, suspected of being a witch, a murderer and poisoner.

John Gregorson Campbell

John Gregorson Campbell (1836 – 22 November 1891) was a Scottish folklorist and Free Church minister at the Tiree and Coll parishes in Argyll, Scotland.

King of the cats

Folk tales about the king of a society of talking cats.

Mermaid of Zennor

A mermaid who enticed a chorister from the local parish church to live with her in the sea.


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Evil fairies said to live in the peel towers and castles of the Scottish border with England.


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Thomas Lyon-Bowes, Master of Glamis (born 1821)

The official record states that Thomas Lyon-Bowes died shortly after his birth, but rumours have circulated that he was born horribly deformed and raised in a secret room in Glamis Castle, the so-called Monster of Glamis.

Tom Tildrum

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Walter Traill Dennison

Orcadian folklorist and antiquarian