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  1. Ian Topham says:

    Re: Kelpie
    According to James Mackinley in ‘Folklore of Scottish Lochs and Springs (1893)’ – ‘Water-horses were not always malignant in disposition. On one occasion an Aberdeenshire farmer went with his own horse to a mill to fetch home some sacks of meal. He left the horse at the door of the mill and went in to bring out the sacks. The beast, finding itself free, started for home. When the farmer reappeared and found the creature gone he was much disconcerted, and uttered the wish that he might get any kind of horse to carry his sacks even though it were a water-kelpy. To his surprise, a water-horse immediately appeared! It quietly allowed itself to be loaded with the meal, and accompanied the farmer to his home. On reaching the house he tied the horse to an old harrow till he should get the sacks taken into the house. When he returned to stable the animal that had done him the good turn, horse and harrow were away, and he heard the beast plunging not far off in a deep pool in the Don.’

  2. WCSally says:

    Re: Kelpie
    Nice image, and nice report on the myth. 
    I found an image of a Kelpie and a Swan (under water) where the swan held a girl for the Kelpie to take in his fish form.  … It began my search for Klepie information.  She says the mane of the Kelpie is made of water weeds, possibly Kelp.

    Your image is certainly worth a thousand words..  … Thank you

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