Notes on a Portion of the Northern Borders of Staffordshire: Superstitions

I’ve unearthed a new addition to the folklore bibliography of North Staffordshire…

* W. Beresford, “Notes on a Portion of the Northern Borders of Staffordshire: Superstitions”, The Reliquary, 1866-67.

Summary: Collected from the Moorlands. Farm superstitions. “The belief in fairies, by the way, still lingers with some here, and in witches with many”. Candle and dream omens, and petty superstitions. Methods of foretelling future husbands. There was then still a “popular belief in Moorland “ghosts”” — sometimes called a skug, a boggart, or a tuggin.

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