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The kelpie is a water spirit that in Scotland is believed to haunt
streams and torrents. Kelpies appear to be of a mischievous nature and were
frequently said to stopping water-whirls of mills, and swell streams. Also,
the kelpie is occasionally a name of terror used to frighten unruly children;
and it was believed that he devoured women. A.G.H.
Source: 81, 243.