Thomas Keightley (1789–1872) was an Irish writer best known for his works on mythology and folklore. Fairy Mythology published in 1928 gained the world popularity and was reprinted as The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves, and Other Little People. Regarded as a pioneer in the study of Folklore by modern scholars in the field, he was one of the early collectors of folklore. “The Spirit of the Van” is a legend that was collected in the latter half of the eighteenth century. The legend represents events that took place among the mountains of Carmarthen. There appears a being called “The Spirit of the Van”. Some people say it is a woman with long golden hair and a pale face. But who is she and what is her origin?