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

Aug 30, 2017

Household Ghosts and Hidden Treasure

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

Book 2 Chapter 2


Wirt Sikes

In this superb chapter, we learn about how Welsh ghosts are involved with revealing hidden treasure! Sikes tells us about the ghost of St. Donat, Anne Dewi's ghost, and the ghost on horseback. We also hear about how often Ghosts with their fairy allies transport people through the air - much as occurs within modern American Spiritualism. In addition we learn much of the superstitions surrounding Hares as well as how to exorcise a haunting spirit.

Running Order:

  • Household Ghosts and Hidden Treasures 1:31
  • The Miser of St. Donat's 3:24
  • Anne Dewy's Ghost 5:26
  • The Ghost on Horseback 8:07
  • Hidden Objects of Small Value 10:13
  • Transportation through the Air 12:44
  • From Breconshire to Philadelphia, Pa., in Thirty-Six Hours 14:19
  • Sir David Llwyd, the Magician 18:13
  • The Levitation of Walter Jones 20:09
  • Superstitions regarding Hares 22:27
  • The Legend of Monacella's Lambs 23:14
  • Aerial Transportation in Modern Spiritualism 25:38
  • Exorcising Household Ghosts 28:23
  • The Story of Haunted Margaret 29:50


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 pronunciations right for you.

Ogmore, Glamorganshire
Llantwit Major
Llywel parish
Thomas Richard, Towy
Anne Dewy
Tafarn y Garreg
Rev. Thomas Lewis
Attoch chwi, syr
Clifford Castle, Radnorshire
Fair Rosamund
King Henry II
Ty'n-y-Twr, in Carnarvonshire
Crumlyn, Monmouthshire
River Taff
Apollo to Phaeton
'In medio tutissimus ibis'
Ystradgynlais, in Breconshire
Thomas Llewellyn
Philadelphia in Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Gething
Sir David Llwyd
Lanidloes town, Montgomeryshire
Prophet Jones
Henry Edmund, of Hafodafel
Charles Hugh, of Aberystruth
Landovery, in Carmarthenshire
Charles Hugh
Langattock Crickhowel
Richard the Tailor
Walter Jones
Monacella's Lambs
Brochwel Yscythrog, Powys
Mr. Home
Mr. Guppy
Highbury Park tolamb's Conduit Street, London
Chicago to Milwaukee
Simon Magus
Lord Bacon
Sir Matthew Hale
Addison and Wesley
Sgilti Yscawndroed
Haunted Margaret, or Marget yr Yspryd
Mrs. Hercules Jenkins, at Trosdra


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