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  • Japanese Mermaid in India February 19, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Japanese Mermaid in India

    This mermaid account is perhaps most interesting for the insight it gives into the mermaid trade in the east. We are in Delhi (Anon 1870). I was quite astonished to hear from some of my friends that a real mermaid exposed in the chouk of this city, could be seen on paying a single piece. […]

    Mermaid Monday: Bread-Eating King-Killing Mer-Woman February 12, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Bread-Eating King-Killing Mer-Woman

    This is a mermaid account from mid late 1910 and from County Clare in Ireland. The last reported appearance of a mermaid is so recent as the end of April, 1910. Several people, including Martin Griffin, my informant, saw what they are firmly convinced was a mer-woman in a cove a little to the north […]

    Mermaid Monday: Danish Mermaid, 1749 January 29, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Danish Mermaid, 1749

    Here is a short mermaid report from the middle of the eighteenth century. It appeared in a British newspaper 11 Sep 1749, but the mermaid catch was said to have actually taken place in Denmark 3 Sep of that year. We hear from Nykoping in Jutland, that the Fisherman there had catched a Mermaid, which […]

    Mermaid Monday: Breton Mermaid January 22, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Breton Mermaid

    This one actually appeared in a note to a previous mermaid post from 2011. Beach has since hunted down a slightly earlier account in English (Anon 1812). Note that we are in deepest Brittany, in a land where mermaids were still an important part of folklore in the early 1900s. On the 31st July, an […]

    Mermaid Monday: the Watra Mama January 15, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: the Watra Mama

    Apologies for the absence of Mermaid Monday over Christmas. Here we are back with an account from Captain Stedman: seen previously in this blog tangling with a fairy. Stedman has been talking about tapirs. He, then, gives some interesting opinions from his peers about mermaids (II, 182-3). A Mr. Selefelder, of the Society service, at […]

    Mermaid Monday: The Mermaid’s Tail in Argyll December 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: The Mermaid's Tail in Argyll

    In early October 1811 two young Scots in Argyll claimed to see mermaids: one aged twenty-three, the other aged eight. That is interesting enough, but what is fascinating for the historian is how this news fed through into the wider world. In early November the two witnesses and the eight-year-old’s father were deposed, in other […]

    Mermaid Monday: Mermaid Baby Found December 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Mermaid Baby Found

    We are in Orkney 1898. The people of Staxigoe, a village about two miles from Wick, were much excited on Saturday when they discovered that a mermaid had been washed ashore. The head was wanting, but what remained left no doubt in the good folks’ minds that a genuine mermaid lay stretched before them. Body […]

    Mermaid Monday: A Mad Mermaid? December 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: A Mad Mermaid?

    Nice mermaid story from 1886 (anon). A young man comes across a mermaid in Aberdeen harbour. Interestingly the experience ended in a police court. The latest ‘mermaid’ story is a local one. It evolved itself in the Aberdeen Police Court on Monday this wise: About seven o’clock Sunday a young son of the sea who […]

    Mermaid Monday: Stoning Mermaids November 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Stoning Mermaids

    This brief account was published in the press in 1827 (Anon). Within these last two or three days there have been several mermaids seen on the rocks at Trenance, in the parish of Mawgan. I will state the particulars at length, as I have been enabled to collect them, and which are from undoubted authority, […]

    Mermaid Monday: Eating Mermaids November 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Eating Mermaids

    This interesting account appeared in the British press in 1827 (Anon). It describes excitement about mermaid bones, in Portsmouth and an unusual dinner. ‘Mombuss’ is Mombassa, which we have seen before connected to mermaids. Beach seems to hear Lieutenant Emory, two hundred years ago, leaning across the table and saying ‘capital meat, Captain!’ The skeleton of […]

    Mermaid Monday: Nude Scottish Mermaids November 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Nude Scottish Mermaids

    Here is a Scottish account from 1833 (Anon) of what were apparently river mermaids. What is most interesting here is certainly the reaction of the community, though the resolution of the mystery has some entertainment value. Some time back, the inhabitants of some hamlets, situated near the Tay, a little below Dunkeld, had been kept in […]

    Mermaid Monday: St Valery-sur-Somme Mermaid November 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: St Valery-sur-Somme Mermaid

    In 1834 a British paper ran with this story (1834) in early August: A fisherman at St Valery-sur-Somme (France), a few days since, caught in his net a fish exactly resembling the description given of the Mermaid. The head and breast are of the human form, and, when half the body is out of the […]

    Mermaid Monday: Early Welsh Mermaid October 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Mermaid Monday: Early Welsh Mermaid

    Mermaid images from medieval Britain and not particularly common. There are quite a few medieval carvings, some explored in an interesting  2013 book Of Sirens and Centaurs by Alex Woodcock. But actual drawings or paintings are rare. This is why this fabulous doodle in a fourteenth-century Welsh manuscript is so exciting. The manuscript in question […]

    Monday Mermaid: Singing Florida Mermaids October 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Monday Mermaid: Singing Florida Mermaids

    This was published in The Orchestra in 1870. It is a curious account of singing fish in the US… It is very tempting to connect these phenomenon and others like them to the mermaid tradition: in the same way as that the rhino is presumably somewhere behind the unicorn. ‘One day as I was returning […]

    Mermaid Monday: Mermaid in Berlin October 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Mermaid in Berlin

    Bit of a melancholy mermaid story this week that has, sorry, little to do with mermaids and nothing to do with the sea. The following story has been published at Berlin under quasi-official sanction [those Prussians!]: ‘On the 15th, the wife of a painter in Old Schonhaus Street, brought into the world a most wonderful […]

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