But the kelpie frustrated whatever he may have resolved upon with regard to her: before he returned she had disappeared.
I began a series of persecutions of the kelpie on my own account.
The laird of Glenfernie lay very still, his eyes upon the kelpie's Pool.
My only excuse for them is, that I hoped by them to drive the kelpie away.
Down below them they saw the dark little tarn, the kelpie's Pool.
It was the kelpie, with an empty bag—a pillow-case, I believe—in her hand.
But the kelpie came every day, repeating the question, “Will you go now?”
I was not too much abashed to take notice that the kelpie bridled at this.
kelpie, an imaginary water-spirit which, it is said, appears generally in the form of a horse.
I doobt he's a kelpie, or a hell-horse, or something no canny o' that kin'; for faith!
1747, Scottish, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Gaelic colpach "heifer, steer, colt;" colpa "cow, horse." The Lowland name of a demon in the shape of a horse that was reputed to haunt lakes and rivers and to delight in causing drownings. But unlike its equivalents in Danish (nøkken) and Icelandic (nykur), it occasionally was benevolent, especially to millers by keeping their streams running.