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Thie Ferrishyn – The Fairies’ House

by Bernadette Weyde

Thie Ferrishyn was the name 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)

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