from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In certain parts of England, as Yorkshire, a name for a goblin or a spectral creature, traditionally appearing as a dog, a sheep, or simply as a ‘ghost.’
Pad-foot is a terrible boggart with saucer-eyes and dragging clanking chains; or it takes form of a large sheep or dog walking beside you, a soft noise - pad, pad, pad - with its feet.
And ‘Pad-foot’ oft, in shaggy dress, With many a clanking chain, Before the astonished rustic's eyes Has vanished in the drain.
‘Pad-foot’ is said to come from the idea of a goblin running with a soft sound of footsteps.