Cutty Soams

A dangerous Northumbrian mining spirit who delighted in cutting the rope traces or "soams" by which the assistant putters were yoked to the coal-tubs. Such an incident took place at Callington Pit, which henceforth became known as Cutty Soams Colliery. Some miners regarded Cutty Soams as the ghost of a miner who had been killed in the pit and returned to warn his workmates of impending misfortune.

In Somerset, cutty is a hobgoblin.



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  • Wright, J. (1898). The English dialect dictionary. Vol. 1. London: H. Frowde.