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A name for the Will-o'-the-Wisp in some areas, for example Lowland Scotland and Somerset, from a dialect word for a spark. In Somerset, spunkies were thought to be the souls of unbaptized children doomed to wander the earth till Judgement Day (Tongue, 1965: 93–5).

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