A brownie or ursik is a mythical household spirit from English and Scottish folklore. In folklore, a brownie resembles the hob, similar to a hobgoblin. The brownie is described as "a personage of small stature, wrinkled visage, covered with short curly brown hair, and wearing a brown mantle and hood".
Brownies are said to inhabit houses and aid in tasks around the house. However, they do not like to be seen and will only work at night, traditionally in exchange for small gifts of food. Among food, they especially enjoy porridge and honey. They usually abandon the house if their gifts are called payments, or if the owners of the house misuse them. Brownies make their homes in an unused part of the house, often in attics and holes in walls.
Every manor house had its brownie, and in the kitchen, close by the fire was a seat, which was left unoccupied for him. One house on the banks of the River Tay was even until the beginning of the twentieth century believed to have been haunted by such a sprite, and one room in the house was for centuries called "Seòmar Bhrùnaidh" (Brownie’s room).