The Washerwoman of the Ballynagor Bridge

The washerwoman of the Ballynagor Bridge was a woman who had died in childbirth but who was not all-the-way dead . . . By day, the washerwoman washed clothes in the Stracam River, under the Ballynagor Bridge. By night she roamed the watery places of the countryside, looking for the child that had once grown in her belly.

Most everyone who saw the washerwoman was feary’d to their bones by the look of her. Her grey skin was all water-wrinkled, her hands were rubbed red-raw and her toes were all webbit.

The Terrible Tale of Fillan McQuillan, in The Faerie Thorn and Other Stories

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