Thie Ferrishyn – The Fairies’ House

Thie Ferrishyn – The Fairies’ House

This name was sometimes given to what was supposed to have been the first house built in a village, its oldest house, because the fairies were fondest of it and more given to ‘taking’ there than in any other building.

A family I know who lived for some time in the thie ferrishyn of a Lonan village, saw nothing uncanny; but one or more of its members used to hear unaccountable sounds and sometimes music before learning the name and reputation of the cottage. There is no stream near which might explain these sounds.


(source: A Second Manx Scrapbook by W. Walter Gill, (1932); photograph courtesy of Manx National Heritage)

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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