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Assertions for a specific being.

Name Description Original Text
Anonymous 174An apparition of Fairies, who seem to keep a Fair in Blackdown Hills every summer. These fairies appear "like Men and Women of a stature, generally, near the smaller size of Men." They often wear the colours "red, ble, or green, according to the old way of Country Garb, with high crown'd hats." They appear before a man riding to Combe St. Nicholas (Anonymous 425), in Blackdown Hills, as a "great company of People, that seemed to him like Country Folks, Assembled, as at a Fair." The Fair of these fairies includes unusual goods, and "all sorts of Commodities," including "Pewterers, Shoe-makers, Pedlars, and all kind of Trinkets, Fruit, and drinking Booths," as seen at usual fairs. However, whenever the man tried to get close to the fair, "he could discern nothing at all, only seemed to be crouded, and thrust, as when one passes through a throng of people." They all became invisible, but at a distance, he could see them again. Following this encounter, the man (Anonymous 425) had a "lameness [seize] him all on one side," which stayed with him until his death twenty years later. A full fifty years after these events, a man, his wife, and "divers of the Neighbours" (Anonymous 426) still claimed they could see the Fair-keeping in the summer, although none dared "adventure in amongst them, for that every one that had done so, had received great damage by it."The place near which they most ordinarily shewed themselves, was on the side of a Hill, named Black-down, between the Parishes of Pittminster, and Chestonford, not many miles from Tanton: Those that have had occasion to Travel that way, have frequently seen them there, appearing like Men and Women of a stature, generally, near the smaller size of Men; their habits used to be of red, blew, or green, according to the old way of Country Garb, with high crown'd hats. One time about 50 years since, a person (living at Comb St. Nicholas, a Parish lying on one side of that hill, near Chard) was riding towards his home that way; and saw just before him, on the side of the hill a great company of People, that seemed to him like Country Folks, Assembled, as at a Fair; there was all sorts of Commodities to his appearance, as at our ordinary Fairs; Pewterers, Shoe-makers, Pedlars, with all kind of Trinkets, Fruit, and drinking Booths; he could not remember any thing which he had usually seen at Fairs, but what he saw there: It was once in his thought that it might be some Fair for Chestonford, there being a considerable one at some 209 time of the year; but then again he considered that was not the season for it; he was under very great suprize, and admired what the meaning of what he saw should be; at length it came into his mind what he had heard concerning the Fairies on the side of that hill: and it being near the Road he was to take, he resolved to ride in amongst them, and see what they were; accordingly he put on his Horse that way; and though he saw them perfectly all along as he came, yet when he was upon the place where all this had appeared to him, he could discern nothing at all, only seemed to be crouded, and thrust, as when one passes through a throng of people: all the rest became invisible to him, until he came at a little distance, and then it appeared to him again as at first. He found himself in pain, and so hasted home; where being arrived, a Lameness seized him all on one side, which continued on him as long as he lived, which was many years; for he was living in Comb, and gave an Account to any that inquired of this Accicident for more than twenty years afterward:

Appears in:
Bovet, Richard. Pandaemonium. London: 1684, 208-209