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First Report of the Committee on Devonshire Folk-lore

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R.J. King

Transactions of the Devonshire Association, Exeter: James G. Commin, Vol. VIII, (1876), pp. 49-58.

Prepared by Michael Steer

Devon, like Cornwall, suffers from its popularity. Everyone knows something of its folklore. Pixies, Widecombe Fair, Drake’s Drum, The Great Mystery of 1855, the White Bird of the Oxenhams, even the fictitious Hound of the Baskervilles. These sorts of romantic items, even when misunderstood or invented are enough for most people, and the more important, perhaps even the more interesting things are overlooked. The Devonshire Association, founded in 1862, is a non-profit-making organization, dedicated to the study and appreciation of all things Devonian. It is the only society concerned with every aspect of the county and is the only one of its kind in Britain. The organization consists of an Executive Committee; eight regional branches - Axe Valley, Bideford, East Devon, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Plymouth and Tavistock; and eight specialist sections; of these, Folklore was an important focus of investigation for many years. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Name Page
Amery, Fabyan 52
Bacchus 51
Bewes, Mr C 54-5
Brooking-Rowe, J. 55
Cain 53
Cox, Mrs 55
Crockwell, Mr 52
Dymond, R, FSA 54
Ferguson, Dr Samuel 54
Firth, F.T. 57
French, W 54
Hingston, Dr 55
Judas Iscariot 53
Karkeek, Paul Q 51, 53
King, Richard John 49
Pan 51
Pearse, Mr 54-5
Pengelly, Mr 54
Pinchard, Miss 49
Square, Dr 55
Warren, Richard 52
Whiddon, Mrs 55
Worth, Miss Lydia 55
Worth, R.N. 57