A water spirit of Scotland believed to haunt streams and torrents.
Kelpies appear to have been mischievous and were often
accused of stopping the waterwheels of mills and of swelling
streams. The Kelpies name was occasionally used to frighten
unruly children, and it was believed that he devoured women.
The Kelpie, taking the form of a horse, was also said to tempt
travelers to mount him, then plunge them into deep water and
drown them. An Irish version of the Kelpie is the Eac Visge.
(See also Phouka)