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I like going to the source of things and not just rely on what others say about something. Therefore, when looking for what culture my ancestors grew up in in 19th C Cornwall, I looked for books on that subject and found some classics.

I rely on William Bottrell, Robert Hunt, Margaret Coutney, and A K Hamilton Jekin the most. But there are lots of other books and there are gems in Enys Tregarthern and Ruth Manning–Sanders. Even Rudyard Kipling has a bittersweet contribution.

I was also fortunate to run across a microfilm at the Sate University of New York of Moses Pitts story of Ann Jeffries of Cornwall. I also found a very obscure work on the legendary island of Ictus and the ancient Cornish tin trade.

I found some interesting legends about Josepg of Arimethea and the boy jesus preaching to Cornish miners, in Cornwall. Of course, these may be legend, but they are interesting and food for speculative thought.

I have correct some errors, eliminated some titles, and added others. The bibliography is arranged with books with no authors first followed by books arranged by author last name.

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Bibliograpghy of Cornish Folklore and Culture



Cornwall Illustrated in a Series of Views, of Castles, Seats of Nobility, Mines, Picturesque Scenery, Towns, Public Buildings, Churches, Antiquities, &c. London: Fisher & Son, 1831.

Devon: the Shire of the Sea Kings. Fifth edition. London: Great Western Railway Co, 1926.

England: the West Country. London: Michelin Tyre Public Limited Company, no date.

Notes and Queries, Fifth Series, Volume Tenth. London: John Francis, 1878.


Ashe, Geoffrey (1923–      ), ed. The Quest for Arthur’s Britain. London: Collins Publishing Group / Grafton Books / Paladin, 1971.

Ashton, John (1834–      ), introduction. Chapbooks of the Eighteenth Century. Reissue of first publication of 1882. Illustrated. New York: Benjamin Blom, 1966.


Baring-Gould, Rev. Sabine, M.A. (1834–1924). A Book of Cornwall. New edition of 1899 edition. London: Methuen & Co, 1906.

Baring-Gould, Rev. Sabine, M.A. (1834–1924). A Book of Folklore. London: W Collins & Co LTD, 1913.

Baring-Gould, Rev. Sabine, M.A. (1834–1924). A Book of the West, Volume II. Cornwall. London: Methuen & Co, 1899.

Baring-Gould, Rev. Sabine, M.A. (1834–1924). Brittany. New York: Robert M McBride & Co, 1930.

Baring-Gould, Rev. Sabine, M.A. (1834–1924). Cornish Characters and Strange Events. London / New York: , 1909.

Baring-Gould, Rev. Sabine, M.A. (1834–1924). Curious Myths of the Middle Ages. London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green and Co, 1906.

Baring-Gould, Rev. Sabine, M.A. (1834–1924). The Lives of the Saints. Edinburgh: John Grant, 1914.

Barton, R. M., Editor. Life In Cornwall in the Mid Nineteenth Century.
D. Bradford Barton Ltd., Truro, 1971.

Bottrell, William (1816–1881). Stories and Folk-Lore of West Cornwall, Series 3.
Published by the author, 1880.

Bottrell, William (1816–1881). Tradition and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall, Series 1. Penzance: Published by the author, 1870.

Bottrell, William (1816–1881). Tradition and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall, Series 2. Penzance: Published by the author, 1873.

Briggs, Katherine Mary (1898–1980), ed. The Fairies in English Tradition and Literature. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1967.

Butler, Norah V Pierce. Book of British Saints. London: The Faite Press, Ltd, no date.


Chrétien de Troyes (c. late 12th C–      ). Kibler, William W, trans. Arthurian Romances. New York: Penguin Books USA / Viking Penguin, 1991.

Coates, Henry T, editor. The Fireside Encyclopedia of Poetry. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1878.

Conway, David J. (1939–      ) Celtic Magic. Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 1991.

Magic: An Occult Primer. England: The Aquarian Press, 1988.

Conyngham, D P (1840–1833). Lives of the Irish Saints and Martyrs. New York: D & J Sadler & Co, 1870.

Coulthard, Hugh Robert, M.A. The Story of an Ancient Parish: Breage with Germoe. Cornwall: The Camborne Printing and Stationery Co, Ltd, 1913.

Courtney, Margaret Ann (1934–      ). Cornish Feasts and Folk-lore. Penzance, Cornwall: Beary and Son, 1890.


D’Ooge, Benjamin L and Frederick C Eastman. Cæsar In Gaul. Boston: Ginn and Company / the Athenæum Press, 1917.

du Maurier, Daphne (1907–1989). and Browning, Christian Du Maurier, illus. Vanishing Cornwall. New York: Doubleday & Co, 1967.


Eagle, Dorothy, ed. and Hillary Carnell, ed. The Oxford Literary Guide to the British Isles. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977.

Ekwall, Eilert (1877–1964). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place- Names. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1947.


Gantz, Jeffrey, trans. The Mabinogion. New York: Penguin Books USA, 1976.

Geoffrey of Monmouth (c.1100–c.1155). Thorpe, Lewis, trans. The Histories of the Kings of Britain. New York: Penguin Books USA, 1966.

Gerald of Wales (c.1145–1223). The Journey Through Wales / The Description of Wales. New York: Penguin Books USA, 1978.

Gies, Joseph (1916–2006) and Frances Gies (1915–      ). Life in a Medieval Castle. New York: Harper & Row / Perennial Library, 1979.

Grafton, Carol Belanger, ed. Historic Alphabets & Initials / Woodcut & Ornamental. New York: Dover Publications, Inc, 1977.

Grafton, Carol Belanger, ed. Illuminated Initials In Full Color. New York: Dover Publications, Inc, 1995.

Guest, Lady Charlotte (1812–1895), trans. The Mabinogion. London / New York: J M Dent & Sons Ltd / E P Dutton & Co Inc, 1906.


Hadas, Moses (1900–1986), trans. The Gallic War and Other Writings by Julius Caesar. New York: The Modern Library, 1957.

Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard (1820 –1889). Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales: A Sequel to Nursery Rhymes of England. Reissue of the 1849 edition. Michigan: Singing Tree Press, 1968.

Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard (1820 –1889). Rambles in Western Cornwall by the Footsteps of Giants, with Notes on the Celtic Remains of the Land’s End District, and the Islands of Scilly. No location: No publisher, 1861.

Hawkins, Sir Christopher (1758–1829). Observations on the Tin Trade of the Ancients in Cornwall and on the “Ictus” of Diodorus Siculus. London: Printed for J J Stockdale, 1811.

Hazlitt, W Carew (1834–1913). Faiths and Folklore: A Dictionary of National Beliefs, Superstitions and Popular Customs, Past and Current, With Their Classical and Foreign Analogues, Described and Illustrated. Two volumes. London: Reeves and Turner, 1905.

Heath, Sidney. and Haselhut, E W, illus. The Cornish Riviera. London Glasgow and Bombay: Blackie and Son Limited, 1911.

Henderson, Charles (1900–1933). Rouse, A. L, ed. and M I Anderson, ed. Essays in Cornish History. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1935.

Hoppin, James M. Old England: Its Scenery, Art, and People. Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Compand / the Riverside Press, 1867.

Hunt, Robert, F.R.S (1807–1887). The Drolls, Traditions, and Superstitions of Old Cornwall (Popular Romances of the West of England), First Series. Third Edition. London: John Camden Hotten, 1865.

Hunt, Robert, F.R.S (1807–1887). The Drolls, Traditions, and Superstitions of Old Cornwall (Popular Romances of the West of England), Second Series. London: John Camden Hotten, 1865.


Jacobs, Joseph, editor (1854–1916). John D Batten, illustrator. English Fairy Tales. Third edition, revised. New York: G P Putnam Sons 1890.

Jago, Frederick William Pearce, M.B. (1838–1892). An English-Cornish Dictionary. London / Plymouth: Simpkin, Marshall Ft Co / W H Luke, 1887.

Jenkin, Alfred Kenneth Hamilton. , Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur Thomas (1863–1944), introduction. Cornwall and Its People: Cornish Seafarers. Cornwall and the Cornish: Cornwall Homes and Customs. Illustrated. London: J M Dent & Sons Ltd, 1934.

Jenkin, Alfred Kenneth Hamilton. Cornwall and the Cornish: the Story. Religion, and Folk-lore of ‘the Western Land’. London: J M Dent & Sons Ltd, 1933.

Jones, Gwyn, trans. and Thomas Jones, trans. The Mabinogion. London: J M Dent & Sons, Ltd / Everyman’s Library, 1949.

Jones, Owen. The Grammar of Ornament / All 100 Color Plates from the Folio Edition of the Great Victorian Sourcebook of Historic Design. New York: , 1987.


Keightly, Thomas (1789–1872). The Fairy Mythology: Illustrative of the Romance and Superstition of Various Countries. Revised 1850 edition. London and New York: H G Bohn and AM Press, reprinted 1968.

King, David James Cathcart. Castellarius Anglicanum: An Index and Bibliography of the Castles in England. Wales, and the Islands. Volume 1. No location: Kraus International, 1983.

Kipling, Rudyard (1865–1936). Puck of Pook’s Hill. New York: Viking Penguin Inc, 1987.


Larn, Richard and Clive Carter Cornish Shipwrecks/The South Coast. Second printing. London and Sydney: Pan Books, 1976.

Leifchild, John R. Cornwall: Its Mines and Miners. Reprinted. New York: Augustus M Kelley Publishers, 1968.

Llywelyn, Morgan (1937–      ). Druids. New York: Random House, Inc / Ballentine Books / Ivy Books, 1993.


Mallory, Sir Thomas (c.1405–1471). and Flint, W Russell, illus. Le Morte d’Arthur. Reprinted. London: Philip Lee Warner, 1920.

Manning-Sanders, Ruth (1886–1988). Raymond Briggs, illustrator. Peter and the Piskies. New York: Roy Publishers, Inc, 1958.

Manning-Sanders, Ruth (1886–1988). The West of England. London: B T Batsford, Ltd, 1949.

Matthews, John (1948–      ), ed. A Celtic Reader: Selections from Celtic Legend, Scholarship and Story. London: HarperCollins, Publishers / The Aquarian Press, 1991.

Matthews, John (1948–      ), ed. A Glastonbury Reader: Selections From the Myths, Legends and Stories of Ancient Avalon. London: HarperCollins, Publishers / The Aquarian Press, 1991.

McIntosh, Maria J. Charms and Counter-Charms. Eighth Edition. New York: D Appleton & Co, 1862.


Nance, Robert Morton (1873–1959). English-Cornish Dictionary. Marazion, Cornwall: Worden (Printers) Ltd, 1952.

Norway, Arthur H. and Joseph Pennell and Hugh Thompson, illus. Highways and Byways in Devon and Cornwall. London: Macmillan and Co, Ltd, 1897.


Olcott, Frances Jenkins. and Whittemore, Constance, illus. Wonder Tales from the Fairy Isles: England. Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, Mand and Ireland. London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1929.

Opie, Iona (1923–      ), ed. and Peter Opie (1918–1982), ed. The Classic Fairy Tales. New York: The Oxford University Press, 1974.


Padel, Oliver James (1948–      ). Cornish Place-Name Elements. England: English Place-Name Society, 1985.

Page, William, ed. The Victoria History of the County of Cornwall. Volume I. London: James Street, Haymarket, 1906.

Penhallurick, Roger David (1940–      ). Tin in Antiquity: Its Mining and Trade Throughout the Ancient World. No location: No publisher, no date.

Piggott, Stuart (1910–1996). The Druids. New York: Thames and Hudson, Inc, 1985.

Pitt, Moses (1654–1696). An Account of One and Jefferies, Now Living in the County of Cornwall, who was fed for six Monthes by a small sort of Airy People call’d Fairies. London: , 1696.

Polwhele, Rev. Richard. Traditions and Recollections, Volume 2. London: John Nichols and Son, 1826.

Polwhele, Rev. Richard. Traditions and Recollections, Volume 1. London: John Nichols and Son, 1826.


Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur Thomas (1863–1944). A History of Polperro.
Unknown publisher.


Racinet, Auguste. Full Color Picture Sourcebook of Historic Ornament / All 100 Plates from “L’Ornament Polychrome,” Series I. New York: Dover Publications, Inc, 1988.

Racinet, Auguste. Full Color Picture Sourcebook of Historic Ornament / All 120 Plates from “L’Ornament Polychrome,” Series II. New York: Dover Publications, Inc, 1989.

Ross, Anne. and Feachem, R W, illus. Everyday Life of the Pagan Celts. New York: G P Putnam’s Sons, 1970.

Rowe, Nicholas. The Works of Nicholas Rowe, Esq.. Dublin: James Hunter; Robert Bell; John Mitchell; James Williams, 1764.


Seymour, John. The Companion Guide to the Coast of South-West England. Reprinted. London: William Collins Sons & Co, Ltd, 1975.

Stockdale, Frederick Wilton Litchfield. and Stockdale, Frederick Wilton Litchfield, illus. Excursions In the County of Cornwall. London: Simpkin and Marshall, 1824.

Stone, John Frederick Matthias Harris, M.A. England’s Riviera: A Topographical and Archæological Description of Land’s End, Cornwall and Adjacent Spots of Beauty and Interest. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co Ltd, 1912.


Tongue, Ruth L. Briggs, Katherine Mary (1898–1980), ed. Folktales of England. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1965.

Tregarthen, Enys (1851–1923). Yates, Elizabeth, editor. William McGreal, illustrator. Piskey Folk: A Book of Cornish Legends. New York: The John Day Co, 1940.

Tregarthen, Enys (1851–1923). Nannie Preston, illustrator. The House Of The Sleeping Winds. London: Rebman Limited, undated but possibly 1911.

Tregellas, John Tabois. and Carter, R H and J King James, illus. Peeps into the haunts and homes of the rural population of Cornwall. Truro / London: Netherton and Worth / Houlston and Sons, 1894.


Warner, Rev. Richard (1763–1853). A Tour Through Cornwall in the Autumn of 1808. Bathe, England: Richard Crutwell, 1809.

Wilson, Eva. Early Medieval Designs from Britain. New York: Dover Publications, Inc, 1983.

Wilson, Richard, introduction. English Short Stories. Anthology. London / New York: J M Dent & Sons Ltd / E P Dutton & Co Inc, 1921.

Wright, Joseph, PhD, ed. The English Dialect Dictionary. London: Henry Frowde, Amen Corner, EC, 1905.


Yeats, William Butler (1839–1922), ed. Irish Fairy and Folk Tales. New York: A S Barnes & Co, Inc / The Modern Library, no date.

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