Episode 37: The Buggane of St. Trinian’s

37: The Buggane of St. Trinian’s
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This episode we’ve a tale from the Isle of Man featuring a folkloric Kaiju, a super-powered Saint, unusual ordinance, a brave little tailor(but not that brave little tailor), a deal with god, and more nautical terms than you can shake a main brace at. For pictures, links and musical credits please see the website page at https://talesofbritainandireland.com/episode-37-the-buggane-of-st-trinians/ #myth #mythology #folklore #legends

“Saint Trinian shall never have a whole church in Ellan Vannin!”

St.Trinian’s (Harvey Milligan CC BY-SA 4.0)

This episode is the first from Ellan Vannin – the Isle of Man.

Two stories in one really, featuring a folkloric Kaiju, a manifesting Saint whose powers would fit in well with the x-men, a deal with god, and all the sheer excitement of church building.

Also includes unusual ordinance, a brave little tailor (but not that brave little tailor) and more nautical terms than you can shake a main brace at.

“I can see that, but I’ll sew this!”

— Timothy the tailor, being cocky
Story in summary (Warning – contains spoilers!)

The stories in brief, without the detail or discussion – not a transcript. I’ve completely excluded the framing narrative here which is a fair bit of the episode.

If you’ve already listened and just want a refresh, only want the bare bones of the story, or really don’t care about spoilers then please do click below to read on…

The Buggane of St. Trinian’s
The flag of the Isle of Man featuring the Three Legs (Ny tree cassyn), “Whithersoever you throw it, it will stand.

Two versions of the buggane

As mentioned in the discussion section there are two versions of the Buggane that appear in illustrations. Firstly these are from Edward Callow’s book, woodcuts by W. J. Watson. H

ere, despite its ability to shape shift the buggane is always shown as a small imp like creature. This is not realyl how I see it or how it is in the story that is told in the podcast, bt they are still wonderful pictures. Though I’m not quite sure what is happening with the tailor’s face!

Secondly there is this illustration.. This is not technically the Buggane – as it is an illustration for “The Sprightly Tailor” in Celtic Folk and Fairy Tales, illustrated by John Dickson Batten. It’s a story that is very similar but not the same.

However it seems to capture the essence of the Buggane in the story much more accurately

The original St German Cathedral, itself now as much of a ruin as St. Trinian’s FinnWikiNo

The Strange visitor is a song/nursery Rhyme with a similar theme to the Buggane and the tailor story, but with some differences – particularly in that the creature gets its victim in the end, and that it constructs itself upwards, rather than just emerging from a hole upwards.

There is a great version of it here which I very much recommend:

Do you like stories about church building? Check out a previous episode about it!
Jaroslav Panuška – This is nothing to do with the Isle of Man really but I fond this image when searching for “The Three Legs” and thought it was worth sharing

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Musical credits for Episode 37: The Buggane of St Trinian’s

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