"In Scotland the bogyman was a fictitious character,
say a ghost. When we would play in the Queens Park or sometimes called the
Kings park depending who was on the throne at the time, on the long summer
nights my mum like any other mum would like us all in fed and washed and to bed
we would go.
At the bottom off the brae
(Arthur Street) just inside Queen's Park, was
the Parkie's Hoose (park
keepers house). My mum would say
that the bogyman lived there, and if you don't
come up the brae and in to the house by a certain time he will come out and
catch you and put you in a bag. By God that myth
always worked for us kids."
Eric Gold, East End, London:
February 2 to19, 2006