This fellow is a Cornish Rumplestiltskin style version of a Devil, who appears in an old Cornish Christmas play or a guise dance called “Duffy and the Devil” originally from the Penwith area, specifically St Buryan.
Also known as drolls, this story involves a girl, called Duffy who is taken in by Squire Lovell of Trove, and set to spinning yarn after claiming she can make the finest stockings. This, however is untrue, and she makes a pact with a Bucca (Cornish meaning: Devil) that he should spin the yarnin return for joining him after three years has passed, unless she can tell him his name upon asking, if she couldn’t, she was his. In a sneaky bid to gain his name she addressed him as “Mister what do I call ‘ee?” To which he cunningly responds “You may call me Captain” from Duffy and the Bucca or Duffy and the Devil.
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