Tradition:EditIn folklore, a brownie is a type of hob, similiar to a hobgoblin. Brownies are said to inhabit houses and aid in tasks around the house. However, they do not like to be seen and only work at night, traditionally in exchange for small gifts or food. Among food, they especially enjoy porridge and honey. They usually abandon the house if their are called payments, or if the owners of the house misuse them. Brownies make their homes in an unused part of the house.
Folklorist John Gregorson Campbell distinguishes between the English brownie, which lived in houses, and the Scottish uruisg or urisk, which lived outside in streams and waterfalls and was less likely to offer domestic help. The uruisg enjoyed solitued at certain seasons of the year. At the end of the harvest, he became more sociable, and hovered around farmyards, stables and cattlehouses. He particularly enjoyed dairy products and tended to intrude on milkmaids, who made regularlibations of milk or cream to charm him off, or to gain his favour. He was usually seen only by those who possessed second sight.
Every manor house had its ùruisg, and in the kitchen, close by the fire was a seat, which was left unoccupied for him. One house on the banks of the River Tay was even until the beginning of the twentieth century believed to have been haunted by such a sprite, and one room in the house was for centuries called "Seòmar Bhrùnaidh" (Brownie’s room).