Ghaist o' Fernden, The

DESCRIPTION: A farmer's wife needs a midwife but the men won't fetch one for fear of meeting "the ghaist o' Fern-den." The ghost himself fetches the midwife and, leaving her at the farmer's door, reveals his identity and promises to take her home at midnight.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1853 (Jervise, _The History and Traditions of the Land of the Lindsays in Angus and Mearns_, according to GreigDuncan2)
KEYWORDS: childbirth ghost
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan2 342, "The Ghaist o' Fernden" (2 texts)
Roud #5872
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Brownie of Fernden
NOTES: The sense of "ghost" here seems to be spirit but not of a particular person. One text in GreigDuncan2 refers to a "brownie." - BS
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File: GrD2342

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