Township: Cornaigmore

Map Reference: Cornaigmore 76

Name Type: house

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

The folk etymology is that this name is derived from ‘brewing’ or distilling, as the site was used for whisky manufacture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The first form is from ScG briuthas 'still'. The second form may be from ScG bru ‘bank’ (Dwelly) - derived in turn from Early Irish brú ‘bank’ (MacBain’s Dictionary). Am Bru on Mull is derived in this way. This name, however, is more common in the Norse expansion zone, and is derived there 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); Brú occurs five times and Brúarás twice as farm names 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