Tuesday, 17 September 2019

MYSTERY DOGS...? : Black Shuck appeared to a woman in Buxton at the precise moment her brother dropped dead

Many researchers have drawn parallels between the black dog legends of northern Europe and the modern folklore surrounding mystery cat sightings. It seemed appropriate, therefore, to post this article sent in by Anouska Anderson-Jakes here on the CFZ Mystery Cat blog:

Scholars of the Weird in Norfolk know that big black dogs spotted wandering close to churchyards at night are rarely good news. Black Shuck is the ghostly black dog said to roam in East Anglia inland and at the coast, often believed to be an omen of death, his name from the Old English word "scucca", meaning devil or fiend.

Reverend ES Taylor wrote about Black Shuck in 1850: "This phantom I have heard many persons in East Norfolk and even Cambridgeshire, describe as having seen as a black shaggy dog, with fiery eyes and of immense size, and who visits churchyards at midnight. And of course, across the border in Bungay, Abraham Fleming's famous account of "a strange and terrible wunder" in 1577 recounted the terrible tale of a beast that killed people at worship, leaving tragedy in its wake.

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