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A Famous Horse Doctor of the Witch Type

Abstract: Story collected by a student at Kilmuckridge school (Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford) from 2 informants.

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A Famous Horse Doctor of the Witch Type [duchas:5004557]

Mr Boggan has this story from the man (Mr Middleton) who owned the horse that was cured.
  This horse doctor never went by any other name than the Fairy man.  
  It was said that he could cure horses and other animals "from any distance" without actually seeing or treating them.
  The example is of a young man named John Middleton of Ballinure who had a horst that had many lumps on it.  He was advised to go to this fairy man and tell his troubles.  He did so, and when he met this Fairy man, he was

A Famous Horse Doctor of the Witch Type [duchas:5004558]

asked by him, how many lumps the horse had and what part of the animal were they. Middleton told him there were seven.
  Well said the Fairy man, go home and you will find his seven lumps are gone.  There were really 8 lumps on the animal so when Middleton did go home he found 7 lumps gone but the one still remained that he hadn't told of.  "Believe it or not" but this is the story as told by Mr Boggan and Mr McCreary who both had it first hand from Mr Middleton

Origin information
Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford
Date created:
Type of resource
Physical description
p. 207-208
Volume 0887
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher L. Mac Donnell.
Historical persons--Pearsana stairiúla
Informant location
KilmuckridgeCill MhucraiseKilmuckridgeKilmuckridgeBallaghkeen NorthWexford
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD . 0887/1/76
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"A Famous Horse Doctor of the Witch Type"in "The Schools' Manuscript Collection," held by University College Dublin, National Folklore Collection UCD. © University College Dublin. Digital content by: Glenbeigh Records Management, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <>
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher L. Mac Donnell.
Supported by funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Ireland), University College Dublin, and the National Folklore Foundation (Fondúireacht Bhéaloideas Éireann), 2014-2016.

Record source
Metadata creation date: 2014/2016 — Metadata created by Fiontar, Dublin City University, in collaboration with the National Folklore Collection UCD and UCD Library. Original Fiontar metadata converted into MODS by UCD Library.

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