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Extracted from Henderson's Books

To roar like a Barguest," attests to the hold he has had on the popular mind. His vocation appears to have been that of a presage of
death; and, bearing this in mind, Sir Walter Scott's derivation of his name from the German " bahrgeist," spirit of the bier, seems
the most probable among the many suggested. A friend in- forms me that Glassensikes, near Darlington, is haunted by a
Barguest, which assumes at will the form of a headless man (who disappears in flame), a headless lady, a white cat, rabbit, or dog,
or a black dog. There is a Barguest, too, in a most uncannie- looking glen, between Darlington and Houghton, near Throstle-
nest, and a circumstantial account has been supplied to me of one which hannts or haunted a piece of waste land above a spring
called the Oxwells, between Wreghorn and Headingly Hill near Leeds. On the death of any person of local importance in the
neighbourhood, the creature would come forth, a large black dog with flaming eyes as big as saucers, followed by all the dogs
of the place howling and barking. If any one came in its way the Barguest would strike out with its paw and inflict on man or
beast a wound which would never heal. My informant, a York- shire gentleman, lately deceased, said he perfectly remembered
the terror he experienced when a child at beholding this proces- sion before the death of a certain Squire Wade, of New Grange.