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Eildon Hills


A man named Ronaldson, who lived in the village of Bowden, is reported to have had frequent encounters with the witches of that place. among these we find the following. One morning at sunrise, while he was tying his garter with one foot against a low dyke, he was startled by feeling something like a rope of straw passed between his legs, and himself borne swiftly away upon it to a small brook at the foot of the southernmost hill of Eildon. Hearing a hoarse smothered laugh, he perceived he was in the power of witches or sprites; and when he came to a ford called the Brig-o'-stanes, feeling his foot touch a large stone, he exclaimed, "I' the name o' the Lord, ye'se get me not farther!" At that moment he rope broke, the air rang as with the laughter of a thousand voices; and as he kept his footing on the stone he heard a muttered cry, "Ah we've lost the coof!"
From Notes on the folklore of the northern counties of England and the borders by William Henderson (1879).

Being from the south I didn't know that 'coof' means "a dull spiritless fellow; one somewhat obtuse in sense and sensibility." (could safely throw that in the conversation).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
31st July 2012ce
Edited 1st August 2012ce

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