In 1584 Reginald Scott included in his list of hobgoblin names in Discoverie' of Witchcraft, Kit with the Candlestick. The name conjures up images of a creature carrying a lighted torch, rushlight, lantern or candlestick.
The Lantern Man, foolish fire (ignis fatuus) Jack O' Lantern, Will o' the Wisp, Hobby lanthorn and Jenny Burnt Bum, are similar names.
Milton defined the foolish fire as:
'a wand'ring fire....'
In 1953 a young apprentice working in the cellar at the Treasurer's House in York saw twenty plus Roman Soldiers marching. They appeared out of one wall then disappeared through another wall. The soldiers were only visible from their knees up. About 15 inches under the cellar floor there had been an old Roman road.
The Treasurer's House is also associated with the astronomer John Goodircke.
When Patrick Bronte and his family arrived in the village of Haworth the 'old ones' still clung to ancient beliefs of fairies,boggards,hobgoblins, flibbertigibbets and elves. The Bronte's servant, Tabby's stories of hobgoblins and fairies might have encouraged Charlotte to write in her novel, 'Shirley,' the words 'I may well fear what looks like a great dark goblin meeting me in the moonlight.'
one definition of 'monolith' states that it is a large single upright block of stone.
Speculation as to their use suggest that they are 'markers from where particular astronomical events can be observed;'
Myths include that 'they were made by the devil throwing a stone finger, a javelin or thunderbolt. A similar theory is that, 'colossal stones, some as large as mountains, could be physical evidence for interplanetary lightening bolts....'
The White Lady (Ghost?)
In the village of Skipsea, in East Yorkshire, the mound of a wooden castle can be seen. This was built in 1086 on the orders of Drogo de la Bouerer the first Lord of Holderness. He had fought alongside William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings and was married to William's niece. It is believed that he killed the poor girl by telling her to drink a love potion, which was poisoned. Before the body was discovered, Drogo rode to the King, borrowed money from him and then fled to Flanders. It is close to Skipsea Castle where a ghost dressed in white is said to appear and then disappear.
This is part of the witch's spell in Macbeth (William Shakespear):
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,--
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Of course these words could be taken literally, but is it possible that this and other spells were written (or spoken) in a sort of code, as below:
'Eye of Newt' represents 'mustard seeds'
Toe of Frog is also known as 'bulbous buttercups'
In 1518 Sir Marmaduke Constable, who had fought in several major battles served under six kings, died. His death was caused be swallowing a frog when he drank water. Perhaps it wasn't an actual frog which he swallowed but a potion containing bulbous buttercups!
On the morning of the 9th of February in 1855, residents in Devon and Dorset awoke to discover mysterious footprints in the snow. The prints were in single file and measured about 3 inches wide and 4 inches long.
Reports claimed that who (or whatever) made the tracks appeared to have vaulted a wall, crossed rooftops ran for between 40 and 100 miles, went through a drainpipe and even passed through a haystack
Explanations as to what had caused the prints include:
'The Devil, a kangaroo, a secret balloon which had been launched from a dockyard and hopping mice.'
However the possibility exists that the prints were made by piskies (pixies) who are said to be fond of dancing.
The mystery was reported in The Times on the 16th of February and the Illustrated London News on the 24th of the month
In March of 2009 the Daily Mail had a report of a Devonian woman waking up to find similar mysterious footprints in her garden