The BODACH is a form of the bugbear or bug-a-boo in Scottish Gaelic and Irish folklore which in recent years has served only to torment naughty children. The name usually refers to a churl, clown or old peasant. Some children's stories use the terms ‘curmudgeon’ or the name ‘Nod’ as a translation. In earlier times the bodach was more formidable; the bodach glas (grey-green churl) foretells death in Walter Scott's Waverley (1814). Compare the bwci of Wales and the buggane of the Isle of Man.