Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Brownie, a domestic goblin, common in European folk-lore, supposed to do house and farm work at night in return for a bowl of cream, and on the condition that he was not watched. The gist of the legends concerning the Brownie will be found in Milton (L'Allegro, 105-114), and belief in him lingered till very recently - if, indeed, it is yet extinct - in the North of England, where he was known as "Hob." Dr. Atkinson (Forty Years in a Moorland Parish, 1891) tells of a farm in Cleveland where "Hob," so long as he was not spied upon, did much excellent work at night.