There is a common belief on Dartmoor that those who have led wicked and evil lives should come back to haunt the areas where they lived. In most local legends it is a black dog, but not in the case of Judge Jeffreys at Lydford.
Villagers say he came back as a black pig!
After the Monmouth Rebellion in the 17th century he gained the nickname of "The Hanging Judge" as he issued harsh sentences to nearly all of the captured rebels. About 300 were executed, and between 800 and 900 were transported to the West Indies.