Moddey Dhoe

Black Dog of the Isle of Man. Etymology: Manx, "black dog." Variant names: Mauthe doog, Moddey dhoo. Physical description: Size of a calf. Curled, shaggy hair. Large, fiery eyes.

Distribution: Isle of Man, England. Significant sightings: In the seventeenth century, when Peel Castle, Isle of Man, was garrisoned, a shaggy, black dog came silently into the guardhouse and made itself at home.

In 1927, near Ramsey, at the Milntown corner, Isle of Man, a friend of Walter Gill saw a black dog with red eyes. He and the dog looked at each other until the dog moved aside and allowed him to pass. In 1931, at the same spot, a doctor passed a dog nearly the size of a calf, with bright, staring eyes.

Sources: W. Walter Gill, A Manx Scrapbook (London: Arrowsmith, 1929); W. Walter Gill, A Second Manx Scrapbook (London: Arrowsmith, 1932); James MacKillop, Oxford Dictionary ofCeltic Mythology (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), pp. 325-326, 332.

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