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Progeny resulting from a mating between a kelpie and a normal horse were impossible to drown, and could be recognised by their shorter than normal ears, a characteristic shared by the mythical water bull or tarbh uisge in Scottish Gaelic, similar to the Manx tarroo ushtey.In their human form, kelpies are almost invariably male.Commentators have disagreed over the kelpie's aquatic habitat.Folklorists who define kelpies as spirits living beside rivers, as distinguished from the Celtic lakeside-dwelling water horse (each-uisge), include 19th-century minister of Tiree John Gregorson Campbell and 20th-century writers Lewis Spence and Katharine Briggs.She confirms that she would, after which the kelpie chooses to become a mortal man, and the pair are married.When a kelpie appeared in its equine persona without any tack, it could be captured using a halter stamped with the sign of a cross, and its strength could then be harnessed in tasks such as the transportation of heavy mill stones.Such a creature said to inhabit Glen Keltney in Perthshire is considered to be a kelpie by 20th-century folklorist Katharine Mary Briggs, The same tale set at Sunart in the Highlands gives a specific figure of nine children lost, of whom only the innards of one are recovered.
Kelpies have been portrayed in their various forms in art and literature, most recently in two 30-metre (98 ft) high steel sculptures in Falkirk, The Kelpies, completed in October 2013.
are seen as similar creatures in other parts of the world.
The mythological kelpie is usually described as a powerful and beautiful black horse inhabiting the deep pools of rivers and streams of Scotland, preying on any humans it encounters, a common theme in the tales is of several children clambering onto the creature's back while one remains on the shore.
The kelpie immediately reverts to its equine form, and the girl takes it home to her father's farm, where it is put to work for a year.
At the end of that time the girl rides the kelpie to consult a wise man, who tells her to return the silver necklace.Once again transformed into the handsome young man she had first met the wise man asks the kelpie whether if given the choice it would choose to be a kelpie or a mortal.