Bard of Cumberland

I am a Hedge Druid, and Bard within ‘The Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids’. In ancient times a Bard was a poet and storyteller who had trained in a Bardic college. In modern times, a Bard is one who sees their creativity as an innate spiritual ability, and who chooses to nurture that ability partly or wholly with Druidism. The Bards are the keepers of tradition, they are custodians of memory.

I have folklore and storytelling projects with local radio; Cumbria magazine; The Folklore Podcast; Land of Lore Films; and Bardsea-Green Films.

Website link: https://bardofcumberland.com/

Listen to episode 73 of The Folklore Podcast here: https://thefolklorepodcast.weebly.com/season-5/episode-73-the-bard-of-cumberland-in-conversation-with-joana-varanda

Land of Lore Films is a collaboration with Bardsea-Green Films that explores folk lore and ghost stories through the medium of short film.

The Janet Tree

 

Dunmail, the last King of Cumbria

 

An Ulverston Ghost Story

Bard of Cumberland

A boggart is a creature/ spirit in British folklore – a household boggart, or a malevolent boggart inhabiting marshland, sharp bends in the road, or residing under bridges. Other names of this group include bug, bogey, bogun, boggle, dobby (Cumbria/ north Lancashire).

Continue reading: https://bardofcumberland.com/boggarts/

The Hobthrust (or hob) was lost from the memory of the people of this world due to our kindness towards it, not our fear of it. Similar to a Brownie, they were generally helpful and worked in farmyards. However, if offended could become somewhat of a nuisance. When the help of a Hobthrust was no longer required, one would give them a new set of clothing.

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In 1850, Jack Wilson witnessed a company of faeries dancing on Sandwick Rigg, a grassy hill overlooking the village of Sandwick. Mr Wilson recounted the tale many times during his life: the faeries were in great celebration, eating and drinking, but when they spotted Jack Wilson, they ran up a ladder into a cloud, never to be seen again. He always concluded the tale with: “yance gane, ae gane, and niver saw mair o’ them”.

Continue reading: https://bardofcumberland.com/faeries/

Giant’s Cave, near Eden Hall is associated with the giants Tarquin and Isir. The pair lived on a diet of human flesh, a practice that probably lost its appeal when Sir Lancelot slew Tarquin in battle.

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Vampires ! “A great rogue, having been buried, after his death sallied forth (by the contrivance, as it is believed, of Satan) out of his grave by night, and was borne hither and thither, pursued by a pack of dogs with loud barking; thus striking great terror into the neighbours, and returning to his tomb before daylight.” – William of Newburgh, c.1300

Continue reading: https://bardofcumberland.com/vampires/

Witches and wizards; trees in folklore; ghost stories; the Druids; Cumbria dialect – enjoy reading !