When Bees Swarm

When Bees Swarm

It’s a sign of death, mmm…yes it is. For there was three swarms came them three years, one after another, into the chimley of the house, an’ I lost three, one after the other; a big lump of a boy and two gells. It was a terrible loss.

Do you remember the year Parson died? Well, Tom was goin’ to work one morning, and he toul me as he was goin’ along he saw a swarm of bees go down the Parson’s chimley. I said to him, ‘there’ll be a death there soon’. Sure enough, the Parson died that year.”


(source: Yn Lioar Manninagh Vol 2; photo)

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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