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Solitary fairy of Scottish Gaelic tradition, a subspecies of the fuath, half-man and half-goat, but not satyr-like, despite appearances. In many ways, the ùruisg is a rougher, hirsute brownie, given to helping at household chores, especially churning butter and cleaning, in spite of a reputation for good-humoured sloth. He has a taste for dairy products and is feared by dairy maids. Every manor house was reputed to have its resident ùruisg, and a seat in the kitchen close by the fire would be left vacant for him; he was lucky to have around. The ùruisg craves human companionship but almost always frightens people away with his unseemly appearance. He was also known to haunt lonely and sequestered places, notably a certain corrie near Loch Katrine. See also GLAISTIG; FUATH; PEALLAIDH. In spoken Scottish Gaelic the term ùruisg might also denote a diviner who foretells future events, or a savage-looking fellow.

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