Red Caps, Dunters & Powries

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  1. SJMcKenzie says:

    Redcap / Origin of Church Grim theory

    I am in the process of writing a short story called The Red Cap of Nine Stane Rigg about the Redcap and its relationship with Hermitage Castle and “Bad” de Soulis.

    Two posts are up on my site about this, here and here.

    The first concerns Robin Redcap, and the other concerns whether he is a Scots translation of the Far Darrig or Red Man. (Basically I argue that he is not, except in a very general sense.)

    My question to Daniel (or anyone else who can answer it) is where the idea about Church / Kirk Grims comes from. Who suggested that the Redcap is a type of church grim? To me he seems associated with outlaw / trickster types such as Robin Hood, or Puck. A source to the suggestion would be much appreciated.


  2. Daniel Parkinson says:

    Redcap / Origin of Church Grim theory

    I will see if I can find the source for this theory, it has been a few years since I wrote it – probably about 8 if I was counting.
    It was probably tagged to the end of this article as suggestion, rather than a definate belief that this is a source for the redcap.

  3. Daniel Parkinson says:

    Red Cap Source

    Managed to track down a source for the suggestion (I was beggining to think I made it up) I have just bought a copy of Dictionary of Fairies by Katherine Briggs, it mentions the foundation sacrifice link on page 115 under ‘Dunters’ she quotes William Henderson’s Folklore of the Northern Counties page 255-6 and he is the original source for suggestin that Dunter’s and Redcaps were spirits of the original foundation sacrifices.

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