The third Relation.
A Remarkable passage of one named the Fairy-Boy of Leith in Scotland, given me by my worthy friend Captain George Burton, and at∣tested under his own hand.
ABout Fifteen years since having business that detained me for some time at Leith, which is near Eden∣borough in the Kingdom of Scotland, I often met some of my acquaintance at a certain house there, where we used to drink a glass of Wine for our refecti∣on; the woman which kept the house, was of honest Reputation among the neighbours, which made me give the more attention to what she told me one day about a Fairy-Boy (as they cal∣led him) who lived about that Town; she had given me so strange an account of him, that I desired her I might see him the first opportunity, which she promised; and not long after passing that way she told me, there was the Fairy-Boy; but a little before I came by, Page 173 and casting her eye into the street, said, look you Sir, yonder he is at play with those other Boys; and designing him to me, I went, and by smooth words and a piece of money got him to come into the house with me; where in the presence of divers people, I demanded of him several Astrological Questions, which he answered with great Subtili∣ty; and through all his discourse carryed it with a cunning much above his years, which seemed not to exceed ten, or eleven.
He seemed to make a motion like drumming upon the Table with his Fin∣gers, upon which I ask'd him, whether he could beat a drum? To which he replied, yes Sir, as well as any man in Scotland; for every Thursday Night, I beat all points to a sort of people that use to meet under yonder Hill (point∣ing to the great Hill between Edenbo∣rough and Leith) how Boy quoth I? What company have you there? There are Sir, (said he) a great company both of men and women, and they are entertained with many sorts of Mu∣sick besides my drum; they have be∣sides plenty of variety of Meats and Wine, and many times we are carried into France, or Holland in a night, and Page 174 return again; and whilst we are there we enjoy all the pleasures the Country doth afford: I demanded of him, how they got under that Hill? To which he replied, that there were a great pair of gates that opened to them, though they were invisible to others, and that with∣in there were brave large rooms as well accommodated as most in Scotland. I then asked him, how I should know what he said to be true? Upon which he told me he would read my fortune, say∣ing, I should have two wives, and that he saw the forms of them sitting on my Shoul∣ders, that both would be very handsom women; as he was thus speaking, a woman of the neighbour-hood coming into the room demanded of him what her fortune should be? He told her that she had had two Bastards before she was married; which put her in such a rage that she desired not to hear the rest.
The woman of the House told me that all the People in Scotland could not keep him from the Rendesvous on Thursday night; upon which by pro∣mising him some more money, I got a promise of him to meet me at the same place, in the afternoon the Thurs∣day following, and so dismist him, at that Page 175 time. The Boy came again at the place and time appointed, and I had prevailed with some friends to continue with me (if possible) to prevent his moving that night; he was placed between us, and answered many questions, without offer∣ing to go from us, until about eleven of the clock he was got away, unperceiv∣ed of the company, but I suddenly mis∣sing him, hasted to the door, and took hold of him, and so returned him into the same room; we all watched him, and on a sudden he was again got out of the doors, I follow'd him close, and he made a noise in the street as if he had been set upon; but from that time I could never see him.
THis Gentleman is so well known to many worthy Persons, Merchants and others upon the exchange in London, that there can be no need of my justifying for the Integrity of the relation; I will only say thus much, that I have heard him very solemnly affirm the truth of what is here re∣lated: Page 176 Neither do I find any thing in it, more then hath been reported (by very unquestionable Pens) to the same purpose. What this manner of Transvection was, which the boy spoke of, whether it were cor∣poreal, or in a dream only, I shall not dispute, but I think there be some relations of this kind that prove it may be either way, & therefore that I leave to the reader to determine. But the Captain hath told me that at that time he had a virtuous and a handsome wife, who being dead, he thinks himself in election of another such. That too of the Womans having had two Children, happened to be very true, though hardly any of the neigh∣bours knew it in that place. His getting away in that manner was somewhat strange, considering how they had planted him, and that besides he had the Temptation of wine and mony, to have detained him; Argu∣ments very powerful with lads of his Age, and fortune.