Fairies kill four villagers in Lamplugh Whitehaven
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Fairies killed four villagers in Lamplugh, near Whitehaven, a historical document reveals.
The document tells how villagers in Lamplugh met their deaths between 1656 and 1663.
Deadly duels fought with frying pans and pitchforks, witchcraft, will o the wisps and over eating are all blamed for deaths of villagers.
The manuscript was found by Cumbria Archives.
Parish burial records show death by gluttony at a house warming party, and a fatal reaction to the squireâ??s wifeâ??s cordial water.
Anne Rowe, county archivist of Cumbria Archive Service, said: â??Itâ??s great to unearth a document like this in our collection and gives people a chance to discover a more quirky side to history.
â??Iâ??m not sure whether to attribute this list to our ancestorsâ?? superstitions or just their sense of humour.
â??These were insecure social times and many folk in the 17th century would have been scared of fairies and â??will oâ??the wispsâ?? with many natural deaths put down to the â??evil witchcraftâ?? of a harmless old widow.
â??The document is also revealing in its historical details, such as drunken brawls being fought with frying pans and pitchforks.â?