Jimmy Squarefoot

A phantom, a type of buggane, that haunts the Grenaby river and bridge on the Isle of Man. He appears in the form of a large white boar, and is greatly feared for he is said to be able to carry mortals off up the river and through his cave somewhere near Barrule. He is also described as having a semi-human form with a pig's head and two huge tasks similar to those of a wild boar. Legend has it that he was a stone-thrower, and that his favorite target was his wife. After she left him, he assumed his semi-human form.

According to another legend, it used to be a giant pig, also named Squarefoot, that was carried around by a Foawr, a stone-throwing giant.



  • Jubilee Congress of the Folk-lore Society, Sept 19-25, 1928. London: W. Glaisher, p. 216.
  • Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits. New York: Facts On File, Inc.