broonie noun
1 a helpful but ugly fairy-like creature who would attach itself to a particular family, usually millers or farmers; an elf: Ella is a good help, but, God Almighty, we’re not broonies... 18-.
the Broonie the spirit of nature; the last of a generation: The Broonie can take any form if he wants to. 20-. etymology: Scots; origin uncertain but perhaps from the presumed colour of its hair; attested by JS, BW and SR; sense 2 only attested by DW