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Traditions and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall
Vol. 2

by William Bottrell


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This is the second of three volumes of William Bottrells' collection of Cornish folklore, legend and local tales. This volume includes several episodic stories, particularly the generational saga of the I'ans. While many of the folk-tales have thematic correlations in other story-telling traditions, all of these stories are localized by Bottrell in the Cornish landscape. This land is a tricky one, abounding with giants, ancient castles, and strange standing stones. The Devil is a real presence in these stories, always ready to take a comic turn if necessary.--J.B. Hare, Jan. 24 2010.

Title Page

Duffy and the Devil (An Old Christmas Play)

Part First
Part Second


Celtic Monuments Of Boleigh And Rosemodrass
Boleigh or Boleit
Holed Stones, &c
The Last Cardew, of Boskenna, and the Story of Nelly Wearne
Story of Nelly Wearne
The Witch of Burian Church-Town
The Story of Madam Noy
A Modern Sancreed Witch
A Queen's Visit to Baranhual
The Small People's Cow
Tom of Chyannor, the Tin-Streamer
The Fairy Dwelling on Selena Moor

The I’an's House of Treen

The I’ans Quit Treen
Unexpected Visitors
The Proud Pendars
The I’an's Ghosts

Castle Treen and its Legends

The Key of the Castle
Giants of Castle Treen
Dan Dynas
The Small People (Fairies)
St. Levan Witches


Traditions of Pacurno

Legends of St. Levan

St. Levan and His Sister
Johanna's Garden
The St. Levan Stone
Parchapel Well


A Legend of Pargwarra
An’ Pee Tregeer's Trip to Market on Hallan Eve
Pendeen of Old
An Overseer and a Parish Clerk of St. Just about sixty years ago
The Fairy Master, or Bob o’ the Carn

A Tinner's Fireside Stories

The Knockers of Ballowal
Tom and the Knackers
Old Songs and Nicknames

An Excursion to Chapel Uny Well

The Changeling of Brea Vean


Betty Stogs's Baby
How a Morvah Man Bought Clothes for his Wife
How A Zennor Man Choked Himself, but had his Will in his Pocket

The Smugglers of Penrose

Part the First
Part the Second



West Country Superstitions

Devil's Money
The Slighted Damsel of Gwinear
The Wreck of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovel
A Night's Ride to Scilly
Ancient Bridal Customs
Madron Well
The Crick-Stone, or Men-an-tol
The Fairy Tribes
Mermaids and the Hooper
The Wrecker and the Death Ship
The Sun Never Shines on Those Who Have Sworn Away A Life


A Legend of Pengersec

Notes, Illustrative Anecdotes

Miracle Plays, Christmas Plays, &c.
The Levelis, of Trewoof
Duffy and the Devil
Pendre and Baranhual
The Danes Landing on the Cornish Coast for Plunder
St. Levan's Path
A Ghostly Ship's-Bell
Brea and Pendeen, in St. Just
The Burning of Vellan-Dreath
The Men-an-tol, Constantine Tolmen
Divination by Rushes and Ivy-Leaves
Recent Ill-Wishing
Midsummer Bonfire
The Mermaid of Zennor


Glossary of Local Words
Subscribers' Names