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In Search of the Tooth of the Fairy Dog February 17, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
In Search of the Tooth of the Fairy Dog

Fairy dogs are the Scottish and above all the Hebridean equivalent of the East Anglian shuck: black or white or green (!) hounds that appear in the night and that bring with them portents. Of course, the fairy dog is an intangible creature, probably to be looked for in the subconscious rather than in the […]

Haunted Chessmen November 25, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
Haunted Chessmen

  Invisible writes in with the news that the Lewis Chessmen are about to go on exhibition in New York. And Beach took this as a prompt for one of his favourite archaeological stories. The unnamed Lewis farmer in the following account was one Malcolm ‘Sprot’ Macleod In 1831 a high tide on the coast […]