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Jan Tregeagle


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Central figure in the best-known of Cornish ghost stories. While the historical Jan/John Tregeagle has been traced to an unremarkable steward of the Earl of Radnor, the figure in the ghost stories is portrayed as a Faust-like lawyer who sells his soul to the devil after having murdered his wife and stolen the estates of an orphan. While he is sometimes seen as a hostile giant, not all stories portray him as malevolent; in one he is called up from the dead to bear witness at a trial. And he can get the worst of things; in one story he is condemned to drain the deep Dozmere Pool with a leaky limpet shell.

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