A
SECOND
MANX
SCRAPBOOK

W. WALTER GILL

AUTHOR OF
"A MANX SCRAPBOOK"

ARROWSMITH

LONDON BRISTOL

NUMBER TWO OF THE MANX SCRAPBOOKS

(This Edition is limited to 500 codes, of which 450 copies are for sale)

Published in 1932

Printed in Great Britain by
J. W. Arrowsmith Ltd., 11 Quay Street, Bristol

Contents

Chapter

Page

I.

RETROSPECTIVE

3

II.

INTRODUCTORY.

1.

Some Generalities

11

2.

The Islanders

21

3.

Some Personalities

24

III.

SECOND SIGHT AND ASSOCIATED FACULTIES.

1.

Their Nature and Operation

37

2.

The Living and the Dead

50

3.

The Living and the Living .

91

IV.

DIVINATIONS AND OBSERVANCES.

1.

Divinations .

105

2.

The Crow's Foot .

112

3.

The Virtues of Salt and Ashes

119

4.

The Significance of Fire

122

5.

Other Customs and Beliefs

129

6.

Legal and Ecclesiastical Customs
V. WITCHCRAFT AND CHARMING.

1.

Witchcraft in General .

149

2.

The Ways of the Manx Witches .

153

3.

Witchcraft in Manx Literature

159

4.

Witchcraft in Manx Life

173

5.

Cures and Charms

178

6.

Witchcraft and Fairydom

196

VI.

THE FAIRIES THEMSELVES AND KINDRED SPIRITS.

1.

The Fairy Faith .

205

2.

The Manx Fairies

210

3.

Other Spirits and Apparitions

247

4.

A Fairy Stronghold .

259

VII.

THE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE KINGDOMS.

1.

Beliefs about Animals and Insects .

271

2.

Beliefs about Plants and Flowers . .

296

VIII.

SONGS AND RHYMES.

1.

Folk-songs .

307

2.

Folk-rhymes and Children's Rhymes

345

IX.

"WE'LL HUNT THE WREN."

1.

The Ritual and its Explanations .

357

2.

The Wren Song .

383

3.

The Wren, the Hen, and their Feathers

411

4.

Other Wren-lore

421

5.

The Names of the Wren

424

6.

Geographical Distribution of Custom and Songs .

428

7.

Conclusion

429

X.

SUNDRY TRADITIONS.

1.

The Tribute to Manannan

433

2.

Some Minor Traditions

444

APPENDICES  
  I " Burning out the witches "
  II Memoranda of Antiquities from the Name Books of the Ordnance Survey.
  III Enquiry held before a Special Jury in Jurby, A.D. 1698.

475

 

ILLUSTRATIONS

Islanders - Wm Hoggart
Islanders

Facing Page

ISLANDERS.

Frontispiece

A MANX SEER

58

LEWAIGUE FARM-HOUSE

80

"MRS. CHARLEY CHALSE," GAT Y WHING

182

KIRBY (BALLAFLETCHER) HOUSE

242

THE WREN-BOYS

357

THE WREN-BOYS

383

 

An INDEX to the three Manx Scrapbooks will be contained in Number Three of the Series. [Never done - all three are missing the essential index]

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