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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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Manx Lullaby – Ushag Veg Ruy

♫ Ushag veg ruy ny moanee doo, Ny moanee doo, ny moanee doo, Ushag veg ruy ny moanee doo, C’raad chaddil oo riyr ‘syn oie?   Ushag veg ruy ny moanee doo, Ny moanee doo, ny moanee doo, Ushag veg

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Folklore on the Manx Cat

An account by Joseph Train (1844) “According to my friend, Mr. Forbes, the only quadruped peculiar to the Island of which it can boast, is the tail-less cat, called in Manks, “Stubbin” and in English, “a Rumpy.” This is, he

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The Witch of Glen Rushen

There is a story, sir, of a witch that lived in Glen Rushen on the Isle of Man. She could command the wind to blow so sudden as to dismast the vessels sailing on the coast. She also would command

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The Fairy Dog

This happened about one hundred years ago, as my mother has told me: Where my grandfather John Watterson was reared, just over near Kerroo Kiel (Narrow Quarter), all the family were sometimes sitting in the house of a cold winter

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The Black Pig

They say that if a man would keep from getting his face washed for nine days, he would see the wind as well as the black pig. (source Manx Notes & Queries (1904), edited by Charles Roeder; artwork, Valley of

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The Lucky Fairy Lamb

Those red caps remind me that red, and even blue, was preferred by the small Manx fairies to green in their attire, and this is especially true of the fairy animals, which copied their masters in wearing crimson headgear. Mr

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The Glashtyn (or Glashtin)

The Glashtyn is a fabulous creature and a shapeshifter in the folklore of the Isle of Man. The popular idea of him is that he is a hairy goblin or sprite of somewhat similar characteristics to the Phynnodderee. He is

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