Township: Cornaigmore

Map Reference: Cornaigmore 76

Name Type: house

Meaning: Ruin of the "brew house" - HC.

The folk etymology here is that this name is derived from distilling, as there is a tradition that the site was used for illegal whisky manufacture with the nearby lochan containing the worm of an abandoned still. This name may indeed be derived from ScG briuthas 'distilling hut' (not found in Dwelly or MacBain, but see Donald Sinclair SA1969.164), or ScG bru 'bank' (Dwelly). Briuthas does not occur in Scotland, but there is an Am Bru on Mull and a Loch Bru on North Uist (SP).
The place-name Bru, however, is common in the Norse expansion zone, derived from ON brú (genitive brúar) 'bridge or causeway across wet or boggy land' (see Brue in Oftedal 2009, 17). Brue occurs twice in Orkney (SP); Bru occurs ten times in Norway (NG); and Brú occurs five times as a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

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The still is reputed to be there, sunk in the small loch. However, Alan Worsley was doing some draining there in the 1990s and did not find it! - HC.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Hugh Campbell, Garraphail, 2/1994 and 11/1995