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Bogill, Bogle, n. Also: boggill, boggle. [Of uncertain origin; in northern Eng. dial. as boggle.] A supernatural being of an ugly or terrifying aspect; a bugbear. c1500-c1512 Dunb. iii. 112.
The luf-blenkis of that bogill … abasit my spreit
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 273.
For me lyst … with na bogill nor browny to debait
Ib. vi. Prol. 118.
Of browneis and of bogillis ful [is] this buke
1535 Stewart 46888.
Ane laithlie lene tramort, … like ane bogill all of ratland banis
1540 Lynd. Sat. 939.
Ȝon bairdit bogill cums fra ane traine
Ib. 1954.
Swyith begger bogill, haist the away
a1585 Polwart Flyt. 661.
Leaue boggles, brownies, gyrcarlings and gaists
1603 Philotus cxlviii.
As with ane bogill bazed
1600-1610 Melvill 202.
To these Hell is but a boggill to fley barnes
1606 Birnie Kirk-b. xii. 17.
Being not Lares, but Laruæ or Lemures, that is, bogils or gaistes
Ib. xvii. 30.
The alrishe innes of bogles and gaistes
1646 Baillie Anabapt. 44.
The Devils are nothing but only boggles in the night, to terrify men
1663 Lauderdale Papers (1884) I. 185.
I have written so much that I doe feare my hand shall grow a bugbeare, or as we say heir a bogell
a1686 Turner Mem. 300.
I ame a great bogle amongst them

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