Sunday, 23 May 2010

The Wirry Crake (i)

The Wirry Crake is based on the Wirry-cow;

A Wirey-cow, Wirry-carl etc. was in Scotland, a bugbear, goblin, ghost, ghoul or other frightful object. Sometimes it was used for the Devil, or a scarecrow.

"Draggled sae 'mang muck and stanes,

They looked like wirry-cows"

—Allan Ramsay

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