Gally Trot

Black Dog of southern England.

Etymology: Possibly from the French gardez le tresor ("guard the treasure"); from gally ("frighten") + the German Trotsch ("spirit"); or fromthe Frisian glay or gley ("shining") + Trotsch.

Variant names: Galley trot, Hound of the hill, White hound of Cator.

Physical description: Size of a bullock. White, shaggy coat. Red ears.

Behavior: Chases people who try to run away from it.

Habitat: Lives in hollow hills.

Distribution: Norfolk and Suffolk; Leek Brook, Staffordshire; Pluckley, Kent; Wellington, Somerset; Bunbury, Cheshire; Dartmoor, Devon.

Sources: Alasdair Alpin MacGregor, The Ghost Book (London: Robert Hale, 1955), pp. 55-81; Ruth L. Tongue, "Traces of Fairy

Hounds in Somerset," Folklore 67 (1956): 233-234; Ruth E. Saint Leger-Gordon, The Witchcraft and Folklore of Dartmoor (London: Robert Hale, 1965), p. 188; Katharine M. Briggs, A Dictionary ofFairies (London: Allen Lane, 1976), pp. 183, 225-226; Karl Shuker, "White Dogs and Fairy Hounds," Strange Magazine, no. 19 (Spring 1998): 12-13.

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