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Gary & Ruth bring you readings from the Classic Books of Celtic Lore and Study

Aug 16, 2017

Origins of Welsh Fairies

British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)

Book 1 Chapter 11


Wirt Sikes

Mr. Sikes discusses the different theories about the origins of the Welsh Fairies. He also tells us the tale of the Baron's Gate, all about the Red Caps and the Green Lady of Caerphilly, those mysterious hiding Druids and the Creed of Science.


Running Order:

  • Section 1 0:53
    • The Realistic Theory 1:23
    • Legend of the Baron's Gate 2:49
    • The Red Fairies 3:00
  • Section 2 4:02
    • The Trwyn Fairy a Proscribed Nobelman 4:04
  • Section 3 5:28
    • The Theory of Hiding Druids 5:44
  • Section 4 9:35
    • Colour in Welsh Fairy Attire 9:36
    • The Green Lady of Caerphilly 10:36
    • White is the favourite Welsh Hue 11:10
  • Section 5 13:15
    • Legend of the Prolific Woman 13:20
  • Section 6 14:05
    • The Poetico-Religious Theory 14:07
    • The Creed of Science 17:13


Names Used in this Section

All proper names, and words in Welsh or other languages, are recorded here in the show-notes and we've done our best to get the pronounciations right for you.

  • Caerphilly
  • Tylwyth Teg
  • Coed y Dugoed Mawr
  • Merionethshire
  • Baron Owen
  • Llidiart y Barwn
  • Pwca'r Trwyn
  • Mynyddyslwyn
  • yr Arglwydd Hywel
  • Bwbach
  • Rev. Peter Roberts
  • Collectanea Cambrica
  • Dr. Guthrie
  • Falstaff
  • Herne
  • Cardiganshire
  • Moyddin
  • Glamorganshire
  • Frennifawr
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Gwenny, Gwenllian
  • Mabinogion
  • Jonson, Masque of 'Oberon'
  • Coblynau
  • Anglesea
  • Prophet Jones
  • Monmouthshire
  • Owen Glandwr
  • Marquis of Bute
  • Cardiff

 Tylwyth Teg shake hands with the Olympian Gods

Tylwyth Teg shake hands with the Olympian Gods


British Goblins can be found on Internet Archive.

You can find out more about Wirt Sikes on Wikipedia.

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