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

Sep 6, 2017

Spectral Animals

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

Book 2 Chapter 3


Wirt Sikes

We hear abut ghostly hounds, as well as the Gwyllgi or the Dog of Darkness with the gleaming eyes, about how horses can see terrifying spectres. Sikes tells us the story of Old Anthony and the Dog of Darkness and that of Rebecca Adam who saw and heard its terrible screams..

Running Order:

  • Spectral Animals 00:55
  • The Chained Spirit 3:02
  • The Gwyllgi, or Dog of Darkness 4:28
  • The Legend of Lisworney-Crossways 5:15
  • The Gwyllgi of the Devil's Nags 7:32
  • The Dog of Pant y Madog 8:48
  • Terrors of the Brute Creation at Phantoms 10:08
  • Apparitions of Natural Objects 13:27
  • Phantom Ships and Phantom Islands 14:31


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.

Rev. Mr. Hughes
Amlwch Village
St. Elian Church
Yspaddaden Pencawr
Mr. Jenkin
Old Anthony
David Walter, of Pembrokeshire
Cot Moor
The Devil's Nags
Rebecca Adams
Laugharne Castle, Carmarthenshire
Pant y Madog
Andrew Jackson Davis
Auguste Comte
Mauthe Doog
Isle of Man
Shock of the Norfolk Coast
Cwn Annwn


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