bodachan sabhaill

"Little old man of the barn." In the Highlands of Perthshire, each farm or village had its own bodachan sabhaill, who helped to thresh the corn, made up the straw into bundles, and saw that everything was kept in order. They worked all night, and were never mischievous, but very useful. The bodachain had the appearance of old men and were very wise. See also brùnaidh.



  • Campbell, J.G. (1900). Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Glascow: James MacLehose and Sons, p. 190.