A malevolent water spirit that inhabits the River Derwent in Derbyshire, or the personification of the river. He lurks in the pools, awaiting unwary strangers who venture too close to the water's edge, grabbing and drowning them.
In 1903, discussing a recent drowning, a local woman talked of the river as if it was a living personage:
He didna know Darrant. He said it were naught but a brook. But Darrant got 'im. They never saw his head. He threw his arms up, but Darrant wouldna let him go. Aye, it's a sad pity, seven children! But he shouldna ha' made so light o' Darrant. He knows now! Naught but a brook! He knows now!
- Folk-Lore, Vol. 15, 1904. London: David Nutt, p. 99.
- Rose, Carol. (1998). Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.