Also known as: Moor Men, Brown Men o’ the Muirs.
The Brown Men are the guardians of the wildlife that inhabit heath, scrub and moor-land, however they are extremely shy and wary of human presence. The temperament of a confronted Brown Man is generally unpredictable (though they are considered sly and troublesome in Northern England). Should a Brown Man actually be encountered in close quarters it is advisable not to let them feel threatened. If the wiles or wrath of a Brown Man is incurred, then if possible it is recommended that the offending human should cross a river or brook, for it is said that this creature is extremely reluctant to pass over running water in pursuit. The Brown Men are more commonly thought to be a Fay species, rather than feral humans, and it is possible that they possess the ability to transform themselves into the form of hares or other moor-land creatures, in order to avoid being observed or captured. Whilst females have not been distinctly reported and Brown Men are usually sighted in isolation, it is not impossible that there may be more than one Brown Man per moor and they may even live in mated pairs or in small social groups, perhaps in dens below ground or under shrubs, Bracken or Ling.