Blessed Court; Name of the kindly fairy host, or benevolent Faery of the positive polarity, and is generally used to describe the Scottish fairies. The malignant fairies were sometimes called the Unseelie Court.
The seas around Orkney and Shetland harbor the Selkies or Seal Faeries (known as Roane in Ireland). A female Selkie is able to discard her seal-skin and come ashore as a beautiful maiden. If a human can capture this skin, the Selkie can be forced to become a fine, if wistful, wife. However, should she ever find her skin she immediately returns to the sea, leaving the husband to pine and die. The males raise storms and upturn boats to avenge the indiscriminate slaughter of seals.
A Scottish bogie who haunts fresh water streams and is festooned with shells which clatter when he moves. He takes pleasure in tricking and bewildering travelers and leading them astray.
Sidhe, Sith, or Si / shee
The Gaelic name for fairie, both in Ireland and the Highlands of Scotland. Very tall beings that seem to either shine or appear opalescent. The shining beings belong to the earthly realm; while the opalescent beings belong to the heavenly world. As with any shamanic practice there are three great worlds which we can see while we are still in the body: the heavenly, the earthly, and under worldly realms.
Silent Moving Folk
The Scottish fairies who live in green knolls and in the mountain fastness of the Highlands. See Still folk.
Sleigh Beggey / sleigh beargar
The Little Folk. A name given to fairies in the Manx tongue.
Sluagh / slooa
The most formidable of the Highland fairy people; The host of the Unforgiven Dead. By some scholars, they are regarded as the fallen angels, not the dead, but on the whole their accounts correspond closely to that given by Alexander Carmichael in ‘Carmina Gadelica’
Small People of Cornwall
The Fairies were sometimes spoken of this way in Cornwall.
The fairies who are chiefly malignant or ominous creatures, comprise this group, although there may be a few nature spirits or dwindled gods among them. An exception is the Brownie and its variants though there are few family groups among the Brownies some think that they were unacceptable in Faery land because of their ragged, unkept appearance, and that they went off to the Seelie Court when they were properly dressed. However, this is only one school of thought on the subject. Other creatures, such as the Lepracaun, Pooka, and Bean Si, also comprise this group.
Grotesque and ugly in shape. Although quite small, they have the ability to inflate themselves into monstrous forms which has led humans to believe them to be the ghosts of old giants. Apart from their useful function as guardians of hill treasure, Spriggans are an infamous band of villains, skilled thieves, thoroughly destructive and often dangerous. They are capable of robbing human houses, kidnapping children (and leaving a repulsive baby Spriggan in exchange) causing whirl winds to destroy fields of corn, blighting crops and all manner of other unpleasant mischief.
A general name for fairies and other spirits such as Sylphs and nerieds.
The Scottish name for the Highland fairies. See Silent Moving Folk.