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Mythical & legendary creatures


Banshee

A female spirit in Irish and Scottish folklore whose wailing voice is heard before the death of a member of the family to which she is attached.

Basilisk

Redirected to Cockatrice.

Blue men of the Minch

Mythological creatures who look for sailors to drown and stricken boats to sink

Bluecap

A brownie or spirit who worked in the mines of Northern England pushing wagons out of the mines, usually appearing as a blue light.

Boobrie

An inhabitant of the lochs of the west coast of Scotland, the boobrie is a mythological shapeshifting entity.

Cailleach

The Cailleach is an ancient Celtic hag goddess who in her various guises shaped the land, controlled the forces of nature, and was responsible for the harsh nature of winter.

Cat Sith

The cat sith is a fairy cat of the Highlands of Scotland, black and as large as a dog.

Centicore

Redirected to Yale (mythical creature).

Cockatrice

A mythical heraldic beast hatched from a rooster’s egg hatched by a toad, said to be able to kill with its stare.

Dunter

Spirits also known as powries, said to haunt the peel towers and castles of the Scottish border with England.

Fachan

Monstrous creature of the Scottish Highlands.

Fetch

An apparition in the form of a double of a living person, often a portent of death.

Grindylow

A malignant Yorkshire water spirit said to lurk in stagnant pools, dragging down into the water those children who venture too close.

Incubus

An incubus is a demon in male form that seeks to have sexual intercourse with a sleeping woman.

Jenny Greenteeth

Jenny Greenteeth, or Ginny Greenteeth, is a water spirit said to inhabit pools in Cheshire, Lancashire and Shropshire. If children venture too close, then she reaches out of the water and drags them in to their deaths.

Kelpie

Kelpie, or water kelpie, is the Scots name given to a shape-shifting water spirit inhabiting the lochs and pools of Scotland.

Ly Erg

The Ly Erg is a fairy from Scottish folklore that dresses as a soldier, challenging passersby to fight. But anyone who takes up the challenge will die, win or lose.

Marool

A malevolent Shetland monster in the form of a large fish.

Myrmecoleon

The myrmecoleon, or ant-lion, is usually considered to be a mythical creature of legend, although it has also been identified as a rock hyrax.

Nuckelavee

The nuckelavee, or nuckalavee, is a horse-like demon from Orcadian mythology that shares some of the characteristics of humans.

Nuggle

Mythical water horse of mainly Shetland folklore where it was also referred to as a shoepultie or shoopiltee in some areas of the islands

Peg Powler

Peg Powler is the evil spirit of the River Tees in northeastern England, said to drag children who ventured too close the water’s edge to their deaths.

Powrie

Redirected to Dunter.

Redcap

Evil fairies said to live in the peel towers and castles of the Scottish border with England.

Sea Mither

Sea Mither is a mythical being of Orcadian folklore that lives in the sea during summer, when she confines the demonic nuckelavee to the ocean depths. Each spring she battles with her arch-enemy Teran, another spirit of Orcadian legend capable of causing severe winter storms, to gain control of the seas and the weather.

Sooterkin

An imaginary kind of afterbirth in the form of an “evil-looking little animal” especially attributed to Dutch women.

Stoor worm

Gigantic evil sea serpent of Orcadian folklore

Swarth

Redirected to Fetch.

Undine

Undines (or ondines) are a category of imaginary elemental beings associated with water, first named in the alchemical writings of Paracelsus. Similar creatures are found in classical literature, particularly Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Waff

Redirected to Fetch.

Water bull

The water bull, also known as tarbh uisge in Scottish Gaelic, is a mythological Scottish creature similar to the Manx tarroo ushtey.

Wulver

The wulver is a fairy being, part of the folklore of the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland. A type of werewolf, it is half man, half wolf.

Yale (mythical creature)

A heraldic beast whose meaning is “proud defence”. Although it has never been identified with a living or extinct creature, it may be based on descriptions of Indian water buffalos.

Zitiron

A mythological creature with an upper body in the form of an armed knight, fused with the tail of a fish.