Fairy Investigation Society

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The Fairy Investigation Society was founded in Britain[1] in 1927 by Capt. Sir Quentin C.A. Craufurd, MBE and the artist Bernard Sleigh to collect information on fairy sightings.


During its prime, in the 1920s and 1930s, the society organized meetings, lectures, and discussions for collecting evidence of fairy life. With World War II, however, the society's records were largely lost or destroyed. The society was inactive until 1949 when Quentin C. A. Craufurd started the FIS up again with the help of an energetic Nottingham secretary Marjorie Johnson. Johnson wrote newsletters through the 1950s and helped create a survey of living fairylore, later published as Seeing Fairies (Anomalist Publishing 2014). In 1960 a newspaper article in the Sunday Pictorial ridiculed Marjorie Johnson and Johnson began to withdraw from her role in the society. The society was only semi active under her successor Leslie Shepard, based in in Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland, finally closing down in the early 1990s.

Famous members[edit]

During the late 1950s there were well over a hundred members, including famous individuals such as author Alasdair Alpin MacGregor, Ithell Colquhoun,[2] Leslie Alan Shepard,[3] RAF commander Sir Hugh Dowding, Victor Purcell, Walter Starkie (of gypsy lore fame), Naomi Mitchison and animator Walt Disney.


The FIS started up again in the fall of 2014. Membership is open to all those (believers or otherwise) interested in fairy folklore and numbered, by December 2014, about 150 men, women and children from around the globe. FIS members have access to an online library, a twice yearly newsletter and there it is hoped that an online forum will be created in the future.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Evans-Wentz, W. Y. (2003). The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries. Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-2579-7. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  2. ^ "Magical Societies". Ithell Colquhoun. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  3. ^ Russell, Ian (2006-01-01). "Leslie Alan Shepard (1917-2004): Page 5". Folk Music Journal. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 

Simon Young, ‘A History of the Fairy Investigation Society, 1927-1960’, Folklore 124 (2013), 139-156