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Mauthe Dog

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A “spectre houndthat for many years haunted the ancient castle of Peel town, in the Isle of Man. This black spaniel used to enter the guard-room as soon as candles were lighted, and leave it at day-break. While this spectre-dog was present the soldiers forebore all oaths and profane talk. One day a drunken trooper entered the guard-house alone out of bravado, but lost his speech and died in three days: Scott refers to it in his Lay of the Last Minstrel, vi. stanza 26.

⁂ For the legend, see a long note at the beginning of Scott’s Peveril of the Peak, chapter Xv.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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