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Black Shuck and his Kin from across the Isles

White Dogs

Location: Meenogahane (County Kerry) - Area once known as Laghtnegunbane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An area around here was known as 'grave of the white dogs' and thought to be haunted by the creatures.

Donkey Faced Dog

Location: Melton (Suffolk) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Late eighteenth century?
Further Comments: The shuck that was once seen around Melton possessed a donkey's head and a smooth coat. The creature bit one man on the head as he tried to capture it, before vanishing.

Sometimes Headless

Location: Michaelchurch (Hereford & Worcester) - St Michael's Church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The shuck which haunted this churchyard sometimes appeared headless.

Large Dog

Location: Middleton (Greater Manchester) - Stanicliffe Hall
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This dog was thought to contain the soul of a man named Blomeley, who shot several people on the site. Accompanying poltergeist like activities made it difficult for anyone to live in the house.

Black Dog

Location: Mildenhall (Wiltshire) - Earthworks around Folly Farm (a former Roman camp), and surrounding villages
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This dark hound is believed to be connected to the Roman fort.

Scared to Death

Location: Millbrook (Bedfordshire) - Exact area unknown
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One report of a shuck in this village states that the female witness who encountered the demonic dog with eyes like red hot coals died of shock three days later.

Bulging Eyes

Location: Milton (Ayrshire) - Unnamed fields in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large black dog with bulging eyes, moving faster than a normal hound, was spotted by a local farmer. The farmer followed the dog as it crossed a field and reached the farmhouse of a neighbour. As the dog entered the farmhouse a firearm was heard to discharge - upon investigation the body of the neighbour was found shot dead.

Transparent Hound

Location: Minchinhampton (Gloucestershire) - Area of Woefuldane Bottom, aka Woeful Danes' Bottom, aka Woeful Dane Bottom
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Likely nineteenth century
Further Comments: The phantom hound which stalks the road here is said to be semi-transparent. Phantom horsemen are also said to ride through the area.

Vanishing Dane

Location: Molland (Devon) - Road leading into the village
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 31 October 1984
Further Comments: While heading towards the village, a driver was forced to break when a Great Dane ran into the road. As the car stopped, the hound walked up to the car and then vanished.

Large Dog

Location: Montford (Shropshire) - Road running by church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: The large hound which was reputed to haunt the area may have been mistaken for a ghostly donkey which quickly dissipated into mist when kicked by a passerby.

Black Dog

Location: Moortown (Lincolnshire) - Road leading to Moortown House
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large hound was seen several times on the road, always vanishing at the same place. Other animals also felt the presence of the creature, with one pony refusing to travel down the road - the owner had to go the rest of the journey on foot. The same area was also haunted by a woman in a white apron.

Dark Hounds

Location: Mount Schiehallion (Perth and Kinross) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These relatives of the shuck stalk the shady zones of the mountainside, while water horses patrol nearby lochs. Another piece of folklore has Schiehallion the home of fairies.

Gwyllgi

Location: Mousiad (South Glamorgan) - Path between village and Lisworney Crossways
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Welsh shuck, with foul breath and a coat as dark as midnight, is said to haunt this piece of road. A servant who encountered the creature had to be helped home as the shock left him unable to walk. Another witness described the dog as having a human-shape, although the body and limbs were that of a large spotted hound.

White Hound

Location: N9 (Greater London) - Edmonton church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The white phantom dog which lurked in this area was harmless unless provoked.

Death Harbinger

Location: Nantgarw (South Glamorgan) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This black dog of ill fortune can be fended off with a crucifix, though it is unsure whether this will stop the witness of dying shortly after viewing the hound.

Incorporeal Dog

Location: Neatishead (Norfolk) - Unnamed road in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Pre-1872
Further Comments: While walking home, a man named Finch spotted what he thought was a fellow villager's dog in the road. The dog snarled at Finch, so he tried to kick it away. His foot passed straight through the creature.


A strange looking black dog.

Black Hound

Location: Neston (Cheshire) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: To see this huge black dog is normally a sign of ill fortune.

A Hound Follows

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne (Tyne and Wear) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Belief circa nineteenth century?
Further Comments: It was believed that a phantom dog would follow midwives as they travelled around the city. If the dog laughed as the midwife reached her destination, all would be well, but if the hound howled, then complications would follow. One report described the hound as Mastiff-like.

Black Dog

Location: North Shields (Northumberland) - Milbourne Place, now Smith's Dockyards
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The area near the docks is haunted by the ghost of a sailor murdered by his parents; they failed to recognise their own son after his many years at sea and killed him for his money. He returns in the form of a large black dog, patrolling the area where the crime was committed.

Large Dog

Location: Norton (Nottinghamshire) - Limetree Avenue
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Circa 1995
Further Comments: A driver and his passenger spotted a large black shaggy dog with red eyes standing in the road ahead of their car. They drove slowly past the creature, which was tall enough to look down at the occupants through the driver side window. The driver then gazed into his mirror to see the dog vanish.


An old postcard of Okehampton Castle.

Lady Howard

Location: Okehampton (Devon) - Okehampton Castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This large black dog is reportedly the ghost of Lady Howard, who walks from here to Tavistock. Some say it is a separate entity, and Lady Howard really travels by a coach made from the bones of her dead husbands.

Large Black Dog

Location: Old Costessey (Norfolk) - Area around The Heart of Costessy Pub
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: A strange black dog was reported in this area in 2005.

Shrieking Dog

Location: Overstrand (Norfolk) - Shuck's Lane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Shuck sightings were so abundant here that the parish named a lane after the beast - local legend also states when the creature disappears, it leaves the area charred and smelling of brimstone. The path leading to Cromer lighthouse is also rumoured to be popular with the creature.

Creature with One Yellow Eye

Location: Parson Drove (Cambridgeshire) - Throckenholt Bank
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A woman with her son reported seeing a creature with a single yellow eye that watched them from behind a bush. When the creature ran off, she could see that it was the size of a calf.

Vanishing Black Dog

Location: Peacehaven (Sussex) - Steps on cliffs leading down to beach
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: A jogger spotted a black dog just in front of him while moving down the steps. Concerned for the creature's welfare, as the owner could not be seen, the jogger followed the dog. No more than a couple of seconds behind the creature, it vanished - there was no sign of the dog in the sea, and nowhere else for it to have gone. Around a year later, the jogger was talking to another person who said that they had been followed by a black dog in the same area.

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