A solitary being of the Scottish Lowlands that delights in playing tricks on lost travelers. It manifests a light to lure its victims — who perceive it as a light in a distant window — to their destruction. See also ignis fatuus, will-o-'the-wisp.

An English custom practiced on the last Thursday of October in Somerset is Punkie Night. Children will walk around carrying a jack o'lantern (punkie).



  • Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits. New York: Facts On File, Inc.
  • Jamieson, J. (1841). An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language. Vol. 2. Edinburgh: William Tait, p. 466.