A hobgoblin, a specter. A malign spirit that, like the kelpie, was "wont to haunt the fords and decayed bridges, where he was particularly officious in inveigling the unwary traveller, to take the most perilous tract."
Similarly, doolie-doomster, a specter.
- Jamieson, J. (1880). An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language. Vol. 1. Paisley: Alexander Gardner.
- Wright, J. (1900). The English dialect dictionary. Vol. 2. London: H. Frowde.