Phantoms of the Rivers


Location: Langton (Yorkshire) - Hoggett's Hole, River Swale
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A highwayman during his life, Hoggett drowned in this pool while running from the law. It is now said that his ghost ensures no one ever swims in it without drowning.

Lantern Man

Location: Lasswade (Lothian) - River Esk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure reportedly walks alongside the river, his storm lamp swinging in the wind. One author named the figure as Thomas de Quincey

Figure in Black

Location: Leven (Yorkshire) - Unnamed brook in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Like other ghosts in this area, the ghostly figure in black is headless. The entity was seen squatting by the brook before reaching out and chasing the witness away.

Humped Creature

Location: Limerick (County Limerick) - River Shannon
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: July 1922
Further Comments: While docked at Limerick, Captain Hugh Shaw and several of his crew reportedly spotted a creature with a three to four metre long neck and single hump moving up the Shannon.

Water Sprite

Location: Linlithgow (Lothian) - River running through area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This malicious little entity is reported to lure the unwary into the water to drown.

Wicked Ghost

Location: Llandegla (Clwyd) - River Alyn and rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century (or prior to)
Further Comments: Not much is known about this entity which was banished from the rectory by a man named Griffiths and buried in a box under a rock by the river.


Location: Llandysul (Dyfed) - River Teifi
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of a harp that can be heard at the stretch of the river known as 'Pool of the Harper' is thought to belong to a performer who drowned there. The banks of the river, which stretches for some 75 miles, are said to be home to a couple of phantom women. A woman in green wearing emeralds is said to protect a hidden treasure (details of which are sadly lacking), while a woman dressed from head to toe in black drifts around looking for something (or someone).

Ancient Galley

Location: Loch Fyne (Argyll and Bute) - Waters near Inveraray
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Appears to mark the death of a senior Campbell clan member, last seen 1913
Further Comments: This large phantom ship appears in the Loch, though its route takes the vessel over land. Three crewmen are visible on the deck.


Location: Loch Lomond (Argyll and Bute) - Waters of the loch, especially where it is joined with the River Enrick
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1653 onwards
Further Comments: An early description of the loch stated it had 'waves without wind, fish without fins and a floating island' - this is thought to be a reference to the water horses, or hipotam, that swam in the waters, although crannógs, small artificial islands, would be constructed in lochs by wealthy families. A Mr and Mrs Haggerty spotted a humped back crossing the loch on 22 September 1964, while in 1980 another couple watched a head and neck emerge from the water before submerging thirty seconds later.

Lady in White

Location: Longham (Dorset) - River Stour
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman in a flowing white dress is said to haunt the banks of the river close to the village.

Rowing Boat

Location: Lough Derg (County Donegal) - Waters of the lough
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: A phantom rowing boat was said to haunt this body of water, although no crew could ever be seen within. It would be accompanied with music and voices.

White Catti

Location: Machynlleth (Powys) - River Rheidol
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Catrin Gwyn disappeared a few days after her wedding, believed drowned after a storm blew up; part of her red cloak was found by a bog. Word sprang up that her phantom returned, either to push people into the nearby river, or to drag them into the same marsh which had (supposedly) taken her own life.

Witches Death Cries

Location: Manningtree (Essex) - River Stour
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1700s onwards
Further Comments: Manningtree and Matthew Hopkins are synonymous in this part of the world, so it is not surprising that the area is haunted by the agonised cries of a dying witch being tortured by the self-proclaimed Witchfinder General himself.

Thieving Mermaid

Location: Marden (Hereford & Worcester) - River Lugg
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An accident sent a church bell into the waters of the local river - a passing mermaid took the opportunity to steal the bell and can sometimes be heard ringing it.


Location: Middleham (Yorkshire) - River Ure
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After the sun goes down, a water beast was said to emerge from the river and start hunting. It was said to take at least one human life per year.

Jewish Peddler

Location: Newton Abbot (Devon) - Bridge over River Bovey, Stover
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1961
Further Comments: While people can only guess that the shade here is that of a murdered peddler, the entity was seen running alongside a witness, waving its arms wildly.

White Woman

Location: Outer London: Brentford (Greater London) - Banks of the Grand Union Canal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1935
Further Comments: A torso of a female murder victim was discovered here, with her legs found in a train carriage at Waterloo. Her ghost remained in the area for a while, manifesting as a tall woman wearing a white dress.

White Lady

Location: Outer London: Greenford (Greater London) - River Brent, Coston's Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s onwards
Further Comments: It is said that the white lady died with her husband in the 1890s when their horse and trap slipped into the swollen river during bad weather. They were swept away; the lady was found a half mile downstream and her husband and his horse were recovered from under the old wooden bridge. It is believed she continues to look for her husband.

Big Black Horse

Location: Peterhead (Aberdeenshire) - River Ugie by Inverugie Castle
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Having seen a big black horse grazing on the banks of the Ugie, a local man was warned that it was a kelpie. He found a 'waith-horse' bridle and managed to control the creature, setting it free once it had carried enough stones to make a bridge over the river.

Peg Powler

Location: Piercebridge (Durham) - River Tees
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Referred to as a goddess in some cases, Peg Powler was said to drag children playing near the edge of the river to a watery grave. She was said to be particularly active on Sundays.

Skater of Hickling Broad

Location: Potter Heigham (Norfolk) - River Thurne
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February (reoccurring)
Further Comments: In love with a rich man's daughter, a drummer boy would skate across the frozen river to secretly rendezvous with his forbidden girlfriend. On one winter's night the ice cracked and the boy drowned - leaving his ghost to continue the drumming. A phantom female rower has also been seen on the river.


Location: Preston (Lancashire) - River Ribble
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: June 1999
Further Comments: Sheila Smith reported seeing a serpent in the waters of the river. It was thought that the creature was likely to have been an eel.

Knightly Demon

Location: Rhuddlan (Clwyd) - River Clwyd area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A 'legend' tells of a beautiful princess, living at Rhuddlan Castle, who fell in love with a strange knight. Instead of marrying a prince (and ensuring peace between nations), she ran off with the knight, only to discover that he was in fact a demon. Before she could escape home, he killed her and threw the body into the river. The sound of her screams is said still to echo at night. Unfortunately, the 'legend' is a piece of fiction written by Ann Julia Hatton nee Kemble, also known as Ann of Swansea.

Human Sacrifice

Location: River Dee (Clwyd) - Waters of the river
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Once a year
Further Comments: It is said that once a year the water monster hiding here demanded three human sacrifices to prevent it from terrorising the local neighbourhood.

Human Sacrifice

Location: River Don (Aberdeenshire) - Waters of the river
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Once a year
Further Comments: Once a year, the water monster lurking beneath the river demanded two human sacrifices to prevent it from attacking the local neighbourhood.

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