University of Exeter Press

The Boggart Sourcebook

Texts and Memories for the Study of the British Supernatural

    • 306 Pages

    Comprising three parts, this book is a companion volume to The Boggart: Folklore, History, Place-Names and Dialect. Part one, ‘Boggart Ephemera’, is a selection of about 40,000 words of nineteenth-century boggart writing (particularly material that is difficult to find in libraries). Part two presents a catalogue of ‘Boggart Names’ (place-names and personal names, totalling over 10,000 words). Finally, part three contains the entire ‘Boggart Census’ – a compendium of ground-breaking grassroots research. This census includes more than a thousand responses, totalling some 80,000 words, from older respondents in the north-west of England, to the question: ‘What is a boggart?’ 

    The Boggart Sourcebook will be of interest to folklorists, historians and dialect scholars. It provides the three corpora on which the innovative monograph, The Boggart, is based.

    This volume provides the three corpora on which the associated monograph The Boggart: Folklore, History, Place-Names and Dialect is based. Offering detailed insights into a ground-breaking research method, it will be of particular interest to folklorists, historians and dialect scholars.


    Introduction 
    Abbreviations

    Corpus One: Boggart Ephemera

    Corpus Two: Boggart Names
    I) Boggart Place-names 
    II) Boggart Place-names by Landscape Type 
    III) Boggart Place-names by County 
    IV) Boggart Proper Names 
    V) Bibliography to Corpus Two 

    Corpus Three: Boggart Census 
    Lancashire 
    West Riding 
    Cheshire
    Derbyshire 
    Lincolnshire 
    Rhodesian, Scottish and Other Boggarts 

    Addenda 
    Appendix: Questions and Prompts 

    Simon Young is a British folklore historian, based in Italy. He has a longstanding interest in the study of the supernatural. In 2017 he edited Magical Folk (2017) with Ceri Houlbrook, and has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles in Folk Life, Folklore, Gramarye, Supernatural Studies, Tradition Today and other journals.

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      DOI https://doi.org/10.47788/QXUA4856
      • 306 Pages
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