When Maeshowe was first excavated, in 1861, local tradition regarded it as the home of the unpleasant creature known as the “Hugboy”. This ancient individual was probably a Hogboon, or Haugbui, one of Orkney’s many mound-dwelling supernatural creatures.
In 1862, Maeshowe’s excavator, James Farrer, wrote:
"The country people state that the building (Maeshowe) was formerly inhabited by a person named Hogboy, possessing great strength."
No recorded description of Hogboy survives, but Farrer’s reference to its extreme strength is an exact parallel to an attribute of the undead creature known as the draugr - the precursor to the Orcadian trow.
Maeshowe Cairn is a Neolithic Chambered Cairn dating from about 2750 BC, its expertly-built structure and massive proportions are unique. 12th century Norsemen left runic grafitti inside.
If someone gives a person a different name than the one he already has, it is punishable by lesser outlawry (three years exile) if the other one is angered by it. As such it is also the case if someone spreads around a nickname to degrade him, it is punishable by lesser outlawry, and it shall in both cases be decided by the verdict of twelve men.
My mom came out with something in ancient Norn today - ‘peerie moggy’ - which means ‘kitten’ (peerie = small, moggy = cat) in the ancient language of Shetland and Orkney. It’s an ancient and now dead dialect something like the Norse language, derived from Danish/Norwegian/Northern Germanic origin…