The word Pixie makes me think of cute little fairy like creatures, with cheeky smiles and a sunny disposition. Apparently not though. It is said that the Pixie is a redheaded fairy like creature from Devon and Cornwall area and that they have upturned pig-like noses, pointy ears and wear green clothes.
It is believed that they are the souls of the dead, who, as children were not baptised. This means that they could not enter heaven, but as they had done nothing wrong they weren't admitted to hell either.
It is said that they fought a war with another race of fairies, they were victorius and this won them their own territory in Buckland St. Mary, in Somerset, a place they protect fiercely.
The Pixies are said to steal horses which they ride around in circles. This action creates gallitraps, a magickal circle. Anyone who is caught in the gallitrap will come under the power of the Pixies and if a criminal is caught in a gallitrap then they will be hung.
The Pixies are also said to lead travellers astray by bringing them bad luck.