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Popular Romances of the West of England or, The Drolls, Traditions, and Superstitions of Old Cornwall

Popular Romances of the West of England
or, The Drolls, Traditions, and Superstitions of Old Cornwall
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Author: Hunt Robert
Title: Popular Romances of the West of England or, The Drolls, Traditions, and Superstitions of Old Cornwall
Release Date: 2019-03-08
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Copyright Status: Public domain in the USA.
Date added: 27 March 2019
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A Flight of Witches.


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POPULAR ROMANCES
OF THE
WEST OF ENGLAND;
OR,
The Drolls, Traditions, and Superstitions ofOld Cornwall.

COLLECTED AND EDITED BY
ROBERT HUNT, F.R.S.

SECOND SERIES.

LONDON:
JOHN CAMDEN HOTTEN, PICCADILLY.
1865.

[Right of Translation is reserved.]


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“‘Have you any stories like that, gudewife?’

“‘Ah,’ she said; ‘there were plenty of people that could tell those stories once. I usedto hear them telling them over the fire at night; but people is so changed with pride now,that they care for nothing.’”

Campbell.

LONDON: JOHN CAMDEN HOTTEN, PICCADILLY.


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CONTENTS.

PAGE
THE SAINTS.
1. Legends of the Saints, 3
2. The Crowza Stones, 5
3. The Longstone, 7
4. St Sennen and St Just, 8
5. Legends of St Leven—
The Saint and Johana, 9
The Saint’s Path, 10
The St Leven Stone, 10
The Two Breams, 11
10. St Keyne, 12
11. St Dennis’s Blood, 15
12. St Kea’s Boat, 16
13. St German’s Well, 17
14. How St Piran reached Cornwall, 19
15. St Perran, the Miner’s Saint, 20
16. The Discovery of Tin, 21
17. St Neot, the Pigmy, 22
18. St Neot and the Fox, 23
19. St Neot and the Doe, 23
20. St Neot and the Thieves, 24
21. St Neot and the Fishes, 25
22. Probus and Grace, 26
23. St Nectan’s Kieve and the Lonely Sisters, 27
24. Theodore, King of Cornwall, 33
HOLY WELLS.
25. Well-Worship, 35
26. The Well of St Constantine, 38
27. The Well of St Ludgvan, 39
28. Gulval Well, 43
29. The Well of St Keyne, 45
[iv]30. Maddern or Madron Well, 47
31. The Well at Altar-Nun, 50
32. St Gundred’s Well at Roach Rock, 53
33. St Cuthbert’s or Cubert’s Well, 54
34. Rickety Children, 55
35. Chapell Uny, 56
36. Perran Well, 56
37. Redruth Well, 56
38. Holy Well at Little Conan, 56
39. The Preservation of Holy Wells, 57
KING ARTHUR.
40. Arthur Legends, 59
41. The Battle of Vellan-druchar, 62
42. Arthur at the Land’s End, 63
43. Traditions of the Danes in Cornwall, 65
44. King Arthur in the Form of a Chough, 66
45. The Cornish Chough, 68
46. Slaughter Bridge, 68
47. Camelford and King Arthur, 69
48. Dameliock Castle, 71
49. Carlian in Kea, 71
SORCERY AND WITCHCRAFT.
50. The “Cunning Man,” 73
51. Notes on Witchcraft, 76
52. Ill-wishing, 78
53. The “Peller,” 81
54. Bewitched Cattle, 82
55. How to Become a Witch, 83
56. Cornish Sorcerers, 83
57. How Pengerswick Became a Sorcerer, 84
58. The Lord of Pengerswick an Enchanter, 86
59. The Witch of Fraddam and Pengerswick, 90
60. Trewa, the Home of Witches, 92
61. Kenidzhek Witch, 93
62. The Witches of the Logan Stone, 94
63. Madgy Figgy’s Chair, 96
64. Old Madge Figgey and the Pig, 99
65. Madam Noy and Old Joan, 101
66. The Witch of Treva, 102
67. How Mr Lenine Gave Up Courting, 104
68. The Witch and the Toad, 105
[v]69. The Sailor Wizard, 108
THE MINERS.
70. Traditions of Tinners, 111
71. The Tinner of Chyannor, 115
72. Who are the Knockers? 118
73. Miners’ Superstitions, 122
74. Christmas-Eve in the Mines, 123
75. Warnings and “Tokens,” 124
76. The Ghost on Horseback, 125
77. The Black Dogs, 126
78. Pitmen’s Omens and Goblins, 126
79. The Dead Hand, 128
80. Dorcas, the Spirit of Polbreen Mine, 129
81. Hingston Downs, 131
FISHERMEN AND SAILORS.
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