The Fairy Minister
Robert Kirk was born in Scotland in the year 1644. Unusually for a minister, he both believed in the fae and claimed to actively communicate with those of the hollow hills during his life. His death in 1692 is shrouded by a mystical tale. He died during his usual evening stroll, collapsed on a faery hill. Later in story he appeared as a spirit to his cousin, telling him he was not dead but being held captive in Faery Land, and that he would appear again at his nephew’s christening where his cousin would have a chance to free him by throwing an iron dagger over his head, breaking the faeries hold on him. When the time came, his cousin was too shocked by his appearance to throw the dagger, and Robert Kirk is said to remain in Faery Land to this day.
The Fairies of Sicily
During the years 1579 to 1651, women in Sicily were tried as fairy witches for claiming to visit the Faery Queen and King. They were known as donna di fuora, which was also the name for faeries, and were thought to go between both worlds as peacemakers, have faery guides and learn healing arts. These trials were not usually violent like the other witch trials of history. The women did not see what they were doing as evil, or linked to the devil, and were generally thought of in a positive light.
The Cottingley Fairies
Perhaps one of the most famous faery stories. Two young cousins from England named Elsie and Frances, claimed to often play in the garden with faeries, and after the adults showed disbelief, set out to capture the fae on film. They took a total of five photos, between the years 1917-1920, which caused quite a stir. Author of the Sherlock Holmes series and spiritualist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was very impressed by the photos and believed them to be genuine. Years later in 1983, the cousins admitted that the photos were faked, but Frances continued to claim that the fifth and final photo (shown below) was genuine.