Cornish Pixies

A farmer, who formerly lived on an estate in this neighbourhood, called Langreek, was returning one evening from a distant part of the farm, and, in crossing a field, saw, to his surprise, sitting on a stone in the middle of it, a miserable looking creature, human in appearance, though dwarfish in size, and apparently starving with cold and hunger. Pitying its condition, and perhaps aware that it was of elfish origin, and that good luck would amply repay him for his kind treatment of it, he took it home, placed it by the warm hearth on a stool, fed it with milk, and showed it great kindness. Though at first lumpish and only half sensible, the poor bantling soon revived, and, though it never spoke, became lively and playful, and a general favourite in the family. After the lapse of three or four days, whilst it was at play, a shrill voice in the farm-yard or "town place" was heard to call three times — "Colman Gray!" at which the little fellow sprang up, and, gaining voice, cried "Ho ! Ho ! Ho ! My daddy is come!" flew through the key hole, and was never afterwards heard of. A field on the estate is called "Colman Gray" to this day.



  • Hazlitt, W. Carew. (1905). Faith and Folklore. 2 vols. London: Reeves and Turner, p. 1:146.

This article incorporates text from Faith and Folklore (1905) by W. Carew Hazlitt, which is in the public domain.