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A shape-changing bogey in Northumberland and Durham. Its favourite form was that of a donkey or a horse, to tempt people into mounting it, and then throw them into a pond or a gorsebush and run off ‘nickering and laughing’ (Wright, English Dialect Dictionary, citing a source from 1843). One localized at Picktree could also appear as a calf wearing a neckerchief, a headless man, and, on one occasion, as four men carrying a white sheet; one at Humbleknowe was never seen, but made hideous noises in the night (Henderson, 1866: 233; Brockie, 1886: 52–5).


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