← Wirry-cowYou do not have permission to edit this page, for the following reason: The action you have requested is limited to users in the group: Users. You can view and copy the source of this page. In Scotland, a '''wirry-cowe''' [ˈwɪɾɪkʌu, ˈwʌɾɪkʌu] is a bugbear, goblin, ghost, ghoul or other frightful object. Sometimes the term was used for the Devil or a scarecrow. ==Etymology== The word is derived by John Jamieson from ''worry'' (Modern Scots wirry), in its old sense of harassment in both English and Lowland Scots, from Old English ''wyrgan'' cognate with Dutch ''wurgen'' and German ''würgen'' and ''cowe''; a hobgoblin, an object of terror. Charles Mackay thought it more likely that the ''wirry'' in ''wirry-cowe'' is a corruption of the Scottish Gaelic ''ùruisg''; a brownie (Modern Scots urisk), adding that the ''urisk'' was similar in attributes to the ''lubber fiend'' of Milton and that ''worry'', in the sense of to vex or torment, is possibly from the Scottish Gaelic ''uaire'' meaning stormy. ==Art== :Draggled sae 'mang muck and stanes, :They looked like wirry-cows :—Allan Ramsay The word was used by Scott in ''Guy Mannering''. [[Category: Goblins]] [[Category: Scottish mythology]] Return to Wirry-cow. Retrieved from "https://www.monstropedia.org/index.php?title=Wirry-cow"