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Of the good old Brownie, that faithful ally of the Scottish household, I have little new to tell. He seems a denizen of the Shetland Islands, the Highlands of Scotland, and the Western Isles, as well as of the Borderland. I must warn you, however, not to confound him with the Dobie, a creature of far less sense and activity. In fact, the Dobie was what I have heard a poor woman called her husband's ghost, " a mortal heavy sprite; " and hence the common border phrases, " Oh ye stupid Dobie ! " or " She's but a senseless Dobie." The Brownie was therefore

" A new mantle and a new hood, Poor Brownie! ye'U ne'er do mair good." and mentions that he has been informed of some families of the name of Dobie, who carried in their armorial bearings a phantom or spectre passant. — Demon- ology and Witchoraft, letter iii. In a note to canto ii. of Roheby he tells of the Dobie of Mortham, who haunts Greta Dell, but calls it a female spectre, the ghost of a lady formerly murdered in the wood.