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The following is one of the many stories related by the Manks peasantry as indicative of the prodigious strength of the phynnodderee. A gentleman having resolved to build a large house and offices on his property, a little above the base of Snafield mountain, at à place called Sholt-e-will, caused the requisite quantity of stones to be quarried on the beach ; but one immense block of white stone, which he was very desirous to have for a particular part of the intended building, could not be moved from the spot, resisting the united strength of all the men in the parish. To the utter astonishment, however, of all, not only this rock, but likewise the whole of the quarried stones, consisting of more than a hundred cart-loads, were in one night conveyed from the shore to the site of the intended onstead by the indefatigable phynnodderee, and in confirmation of this wonderful feat, the white stone is yet pointed out to the curious visitor.

The gentleman for whom this very acceptable piece of work was performed, wishing to remunerate the naked phynnod. deree, caused a few articles of clothing to be laid down for him in his usual haunt. The hairy one, on perceiving the habiliments, lifted them up one by one, thus expressing his feelings in Manks :

Cap for the head, alas, poor head;
Coat for the back, alas, poor back ;
Breeches for the breech, alas, poor breech ;

If these be all thine, thine cannot be the merry glen of Rushen." Having repeated these words, be departed with a melancholy wail, and now

“ You may hear his voice on the desert hill,

When the mountain winds have power;
'Tis a wild lament for his buried love,

And his long lost fairy bower." Many of the old people lament the disappearance of the phynnodderee ; for they say, “There has not been a merry world since he lost his ground."]

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FEEDING CHILDREN WITH THE SWORD,

A CUSTOM AMONG THE ANCIENT BRITONS.

[“It was the custom among all warlike nations to give names to their swords ; but the ancient Britons took a particular pride in adorning their swords, and making them polished handles of the teeth of sea-animals, &c.; and their warlike disposition and love of the sword was such, that it was the custom for the mother of every male child to put the first victuals into the child's mouth on the point of his father's sword, and, with the food, to give her first blessing or wish to him, that he might die no other death than that of the sword. Nay, this nation, by long struggling in defence of their country, had got to such an enthusiastic pitch of warlike madness, that I have read in an ancient British MS., then at Hengurt, that it was customary, when a man grew very old and infirm among them, to desire his children or next relatives to pull him out of bed and kill him, lest the enemy might have the pleasure of that office, or that he should die cowardly and sordidly, and not by the sword.”—From Roberts' Cambrian Popular Antiquities.

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INDEX

TO

BRAND'S POPULAR ANTIQUITIES.

Abbas Stultorum, i, 504.

Ælian, St., i, 360.
Abbé de Liesse, i, 504.

Ætites, or Eagle stone, iii, 50.
Abbé de la Malgouve.né, i, 504.

superstitiously used at child.
Abbot of Misrule, i, 500.

birth, ii, 67.
Abbot of Unreason in Scotland, i, 504. used as a charm, iii, 50.
Aberdeen, St. Nicholas the patron Affiancing custom at Baniseribe, in
saint of, i, 364.

Africa, ii, 92.
Aberedwy, S. Wales, large yew trees Africa, wedding customs in, ü, 152.
at, ii, 298.

Afternoon Musicke," ii, 159.
Abington, co. Surrey, morris dancers Agatha, St., i, 359-60.4.
of, i, 252.

Agathe's letters, St., iii, 271.
Abingdon, co. Berks, custom after Agnan, or Tignan, St., i, 365.

the election of a Mayor at, i, 355. AGNES' Day, or Eve, St., i, 34-8;
Abracadabra, iii, 269.

iii, 141.
Aches and corns, prognostications account of, from Naogeorgus,
from, iii, 242.

i, 36.
Acinetinda, ii, 410.

charm for the ague, on, i, 38.
Addison, Joseph, plans a barring out divinations on, i, 36-7.
at Lichfield school, i, 443.

Agreement-bottle at marriages in Ire.
Adelm's bell, St., at Malmesbury land, ii, 138.
Abbey, ii, 217.

Agues, superstitious cures for, iii,
“Adieu panniers, vendanges sont

291-8.
faites," ü, 98.

charm for, on St. Agnes' Eve,
Adrian, Emperor, made use of the

i, 38.
Sortes Virgilianæ, iii, 337. Aguilaneuf, Aguilanleu, i, 458.
Adriatic, espousal of the, by the Aix, in Provence, celebration of the
Doge of Venice, i, 209.

Feast of Corpus Christi at, i, 43.
Advent, divination by onions and Alba Fortunata, Prince of, the titles
Alcala, Midsummer Eve festivities at, | ALL-HID, ii, 391.
i, 317.

faggots, practised in, iii, 325. of one of the Lords of Misrule,
love divinaticns practised up- i, 498.

on the Continent in, i, 59. Alban's Abbey, St., sardonyx at, üi, 302
• Ægyptiaci,'' days so called, i, 39 ; Albans, St., Duchess of, excessive
ü, 47.

superstition of, üü, 18.

All Saints Eve, fires on, i, 388-9.
Ale, festival so called, etymology of, Almshouses, few in number before
i, 279.

the Reformation, i, 282.
clerk's, i, 180, 279.

Alnwick, co. Northumberland, free-
synonymous with yule, i, 475.

dom of, i, 194.
Ale-feasts, various denominations of, custom of playing football at
i, 278-9.

the castle of, on Shrove
ALEHOUSE, or Tavern Signs, ü,

Tuesday, i, 92.
351-8.

ALTAR, BOWING towards the, ii,
Alehouses, tobacco in, ii, 362-6. 317-24.
Alexandre, Roman d', MS., i, 76. Altarnum, co. Cornwall, St. Nun's

account of the games, &c., well at, iii, 295.

preserved in the margin of Altars in Papal Rome placed towards
the, ii, 387

the East, ii, 319.
Alfred, King, law of, concerning holi- Amaranthus strewed on tombs by the
days, i, 177.

Greeks, ii, 255.
Alholde, or Gobelyn, i, 9.

Ambarvalia, i, 202.
Alkibla, work so entitled, on wor- Ambassador, game of, ii, 391.

shipping towards the East, ii, Amersden, co. Oxford, funeral custom
319.

at, ii, 248.
ALL Fools Day, i, 131-41.

Amoreux, le Prince d', annually
Bairnsla foaks annual, i, 133. chosen in France before Lent,
etymology of, i, 136-9.

i, 65.
humorous Jewish origin of, Amphidromia, feast of, at Athens,
i, 138.

ii, 78.
notice of, in the Spectator,' Amsterdam, bawds of, believed a
i, 132.

horseshoe to bring good luck to
observed like St. Valentine's their houses, iii, 18.

Day in some parts of North AMULETS, iii, 324-6.
America, i, 141.

Molluka beans used as, iii, 46.
Poor Robin's Almanack, 1738, ANDREW, St., i, 360-4-5.
i, 133.

ANDREW's Day, St., i, 414-15.
Poor Robin's description of sheep's heads borne in pro-
the fooleries of, i, 132-3.

cession before the Scots in
All Fours, ü, 450.

London on, i, 415.
Allhallow, or All Saints Day, custom Angel, given by our kings when
of ringing bells on, i,

touching for the evil, iii, 303.
394-5.

Angels, guardian, opinions concern-
poor people in Staffordshire

ing, i, 367.
go a souling on, i, 393. Anglo-Norman Christmas carol, i, 481.
ALLHALLOW Even, i, 377-96. Anglo-Saxons, marriage customs of
sowing of hen. pseed on, i,

the, ii, 158, 160, 175.
332-82-6.

burial customs of the, ii, 239.
celebration of, in Ireland, i, Angus, Earl of, supposed to have
379.

died of sorcery and incan-
custors in Scotland on, i, 380.

tation, A.D. 1588, iii, 64.
ringing of bells on, i, 394-5. Angus, superstitions in, relating to the
dumb cake on, i, 387.

moon, iii, 148.

Angus and Lothian, sport of cat and April, borrowed days of, ii, 41-4.
dog used in, ii, 406.

fools, custom of making, re
Ant, an omen of weather, iii, 244.

ferred to the rape of the
Antelucinum, nocturnal vigil in the

Sabines, i, 137.
Church of Rome so called, ii, popular sayings on the month
55.

of, i, 196.
Anthony, St., i, 356-8-60-4-5. Aquisgrana, St. Mary of, i, 365.
Anthony's Pigs, St., i, 358.

Aram, Eugene, his account of the
Anthropomancia,” iii, 330.

Mell Supper, ii, 27.
Apostle spoons, ii, 83.

“ Aratrum circumducere," the dras.
Apparition, Gay's Tale of the, iii, 75. ing a plough about, mentioned in

story of an, iii, 76, 80. Lindenbrogius's Codex Legum an-
APPARITIONS, iii, 67, 90.

tiquarum, i, 511.
account of, at the parsonage- Arbiter bibendi, i, 26.

house, Warblington, iii, 77. Arbor Judæ, iii, 283.
Applecross, co. of Ross, superstitions ARCHERY, ii, 391.
at, iii, 274.

Arga, i. e. cuckold, ü, 196.
Apple-howling, i, 9.

Armstrong, Archibald, King Charles
Apple-kernels and parings, love divi. the First's jester, or fool, i, 265.
nations with, i, 385.

Arnold, St., i, 360.
Apple-trees, christening of, on the eve Arrows, divination by, iii, 331.

of Twelfth Day, Arsmart used as a charm, iü, 313.
i, 29.

Arthel dinner, ii, 238.
on St. Swithin's Day, Arthur, game of, ii, 393.
i, 342.

ARVALS, Or Arvils, funeral enter.
Apples, new, blessed upon St. James's tainments so called, ii, 237.
Day, i, 346.

Arvel bread, etymology of, ii, 238.
spells by, i, 356-76-7-82.

Arundel, chequer in the arms of the
sport of catching at, i, 377-96. Earl of, ii, 354.

on Allhallow Eve, Ascension Day, custom of hailing
i, 396.

the lamb on, i, 197
Apprentices, Shrove Tuesday, the par- perambulations on, i, 198.
ticular holiday of, i, 88.

inhabitants of Nantwich sing
box of, at Christmas, i, 494.

a hymn of thanksgiving on,
APRIL, ceremonies on the 1st of, i,

for the blessing of the
131-41.

Brine, i, 200.
thoughts on, in “The World,' account of, in Googe's Trans-
No. X, i, 134.

lation of Naogeorgus, i,
prevalent among the Swedes,

208.
i, 139.

the Doge of Venice weds the
held in esteem among the al-

Adriatic on, i, 209.
chemists, i, 141.

smock-race on, in the north
celebrated in India, i, 140.

of England, i, 210.
gowks, i, 139.

Ascension Even, payments for bread
verses on, i, -3-7.

and drink on, i, 205
four last days of, observed in Ash-heapes, i, 3.

honour of the goddess Flora, Ash, the, a cure for ague, iii, 291.
i, 228.

Ashen faggot, the, i, 470.

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