Folklore Friday - The Bogle
For this week's Folklore Friday we look at the Bogle. This Scottish Bogey Man is a terrifying ghost-like creature who hides and waits for unsuspecting victims to attack. He is known to only exist for the purpose of confusing and scaring mankind, rather than to cause any serious harm.
The most famous of the Bogles features in a Robert Burns poem Tam O' Shanter, but there is another popular story about a particular Bogle, named Tatty Bogle. The story goes that he would hide himself in potato fields (hence the name 'Tattie') and would wait to attack unwary humans or cause the patch of potatoes to become diseased and inedible. There is another story that states potato farmers used to put a Tattie Bogle in their fields to scare off other creatures who may have an interest in their crops.
Another tale tells of 'The Bogle by the Boor Tree' which is a Scots poem written by W.D Cocket. The story goes that the Bogle can be heard in the wind and in the trees to frighten small children.
A final example of a Bogle was explored in 'The Larne Weekly Reporter', in March 1866, in Northern Ireland. The front page of the newspaper was titled 'Bogles in Ballygowan' and it detailed all the strange happenings in the rural area. There was a particular house that these strange happenings seemed to occur around. Many missiles were thrown through the windows and on one occasion the roof of the house. Locals were terrified, unsure of why the house was such a target. After the freaky occurrences ceased several months later, the locals blamed them on the previous refurbishment of the house. The story goes that materials from the older house were used in the refurbishment, which were deemed the preserve of the 'little people'. This story is one of the few references to 'Bogles' in Northern Ireland.