Pixies

  • “Will and the Wisp, he is a fiery devil, and leads people off their road to drown them, for he sparks sometimes at our feet, and then turns before us, with his candle, as if he were two or three miles before us, many a good boat has Spunkie [the Scottish name for Will o’ the Wisps] drowned; the boats coming to land in night-time, they observe a light off the land and set in upon it and drown.” County Folk-lore (vol vii) collected by John Ewart Simpkins, Simpson
  • “Will o’ the Wisps are called Spunkies and are believed to be the souls of unbaptized children, doomed to wander until Judgement Day. These are sometimes supposed to perform the same warning office as the corpse candles.” County Folk-lore (volume viii) collected by John Ewart Simpkins, Ruth Tongue
  • “Pixies play all the pranks that are elsewhere ascribed to Robin Goodfellow or Puck, but they are particularly fond of misleading travelers. Anyone who comes unadvisedly and without precaution across pixie ground is likely to be pixie-led.” An Encyclopedia of Fairies, 328