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Miss Peregrine

An Ymbryne (pronounced im-brin) is a female Syndrigast who can manipulate time and can take the form of a bird. Ymbrynes take care of peculiar children to hide them from wights by creating time loops that can be accessed by other peculiars to provide safety from the outside world.

Only birds can manipulate time. Therefore, all time manipulators must be able to take the form of a bird. Most [birds], however, slip back and forth only occasionally, by accident. We who can manipulate time fields consciously—and not only for ourselves, but for others—are known as ymbrynes. We create temporal loops in which peculiar folk can live indefinitely.

–Miss Peregrine, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


On Jacob's and Miss Peregrine's first meeting, the headmistress explained the existence of Ymbrynes. "All birds can manipulate time. Therefore, all time manipulators must be able to take the form of a bird. Most (regular birds), however, slip back and forth without meaning to. Those who can manipulate time fields consciously -- and only for ourselves -- are known as ymbrynes.

We create temporal loops in time which anyone can live indefinitely... only women are born ymbrynes... We ymbrynes must scour the countryside for young children in need, steer clear of those who would be harmful, and keep our kind fed, clothed, hidden, and steeped in the lore of our people. And if that isn't enough, we must also keep our loops reseting each day like clockwork.

–Miss Peregrine

Loop Edit

A loop is a certain period in time (usually one day) that repeats over and over and over again. Only those that are peculiar can enter one and though the same time passes over repeatedly their experience of it is continuous. The normal people in the loop though have no memory of the loop as it resets everyday. To keep the loop functional, someone must pass through the loop every so often. 


An ymbryne, most likely Miss Crow.

Known Ymbrynes and their LoopsEdit

Miss PeregrineEdit

Loop: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Location: Cairnholm, Wales

Date of Loop: September 3, 1940 (book) September 3 1943 (film)

Entrance: Cairnholm Tunnel


Miss Avocet and Miss BuntingEdit

Location: New Hampshire

Date of Loop: July 15, 1867

Miss GannettEdit

Location: Ireland

Date of Loop: June 1770

Miss NightjarEdit

Location: Somewhere in Pennsylvania

Date of Loop: April 3, 1901


Miss ThrushEdit

Location: London, England

Date of Loop: Unknown date, before 1940

Entrance: A Crypt below St. Paul's Cathedral

Miss Finch and her aunt, also called Miss FinchEdit

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Miss Finch's Loop

Location: England

Date of Loop: October 8, 1730

Entrance: London Underground Tunnel

Miss WrenEdit

Loop(s): Miss Wren's Menagerie and another unnamed Loop

Location (Menagerie): England

Date of Loop (Menagerie): 1492? 1750? (According to Jacob)

Entrance (Menagerie): Mouth of the stone head of Cuthbert, the giant

Council of YmbrynesEdit

Loop: Carnival Tourist Loop

Location: New York City

Date of Loop: Prior to 1863

Entrance: Underground tunnel

Other YmbrynesEdit

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