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The Manx Fairy Pig

There was once a little fairy pig that lived in the hills beyond Colby with his mother and his six brothers. His name was Shiaght, which means Seven, and his brothers were called Nane, Jees, Tree, Kiare, Quieg and Shey,

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The Nikkesen’s Pool, Lonan

The Nikkesen’s Pool, more often called simply “the Nikkesen,” is in the Awin Ruy near its junction with the Glen Roy river. It is shut in on the North side by a high, concave wall of rock over which the

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Joan Mere’s House & Well

Under the Chasms, on the shore, is a well near the sea. The salt water comes into it at high tide, but when it is ebbing the fresh water spring drives the salt water out of it, and the water

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Jimmy Squarefoot

At the bottom of the Ballagilbert Glen on the Isle of Man lies Grenaby, where the valley narrows and squeezes its river under Grenaby Bridge into the upper part of Silverburn Glen. Just below here comes in the Awin Reash

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The Phynodderee

Phynodderee/Fenodyree is sometimes used as a proper name and sometimes as the name of a class of beings, the latter of which is a hairy little creature, a sort of sprite or fairy in the folklore around the Isle of

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The Keimagh

On the Isle of Man, the Keimagh is a spirit supposed to haunt the stiles of graveyards and to guard the sacred resting places of the dead. (source: photo by John Green http://bit.ly/GzFO32; text The Manx Notebook Vol I (?1885))

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Mermen

The Manx fishermen, when out on the sea, used to call the merman ‘yn guilley beg‘ (the little boy). This was his ‘haaf‘, or sea name, by which alone he was allowed to be alluded to on the sea; his

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Teeval, Princess of the Ocean

In the old days Culain, the smith of the gods, was living in the Isle of Man. It was the time when Conchubar was at the court of the King of Ulster and had nothing but the sword in his

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The Tarroo Ushtey (Water Bull)

From ‘A HISTORY OF THE ISLE OF MAN’ by Joseph Train (1844): A neighbour of mine who kept cattle, had his fields very much infested with this animal, by which he had lost several cows; he therefore placed a man

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The Four ‘Moddey Dhoo’

The Moddey Dhoo is a black hound in Manx folklore that reputedly haunts a number of places on the Isle of Man, the most famous being Peel Castle on the west coast.   THE MODDEY DHOO OF PEEL CASTLE A

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