The King of the Cats

The King of the Cats

There was a curious belief that the cats of the Isle of Man had a king of their own who lived as an ordinary house-cat during the day but at night assumed his regal powers, and sometimes called together all the cats in a kind of Cat Tynwald.

If anyone was seen ill-treating a cat, such as a farm boy giving one a kick, he was often told “Be careful! That one might be the King of the Cats!


(source: ‘This is Ellan Vannin Again: Folklore’ by Mona Douglas; artwork by Tokuhiro Kawai)

Bernadette Weyde

Bernadette Weyde

I'm a web designer, amateur historian and keen gardener and I enjoy bringing Manx history, folklore and poetry to a modern audience.


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