Township: Vaul

Map Reference: Vaul 11

Name Type: sliabh

Meaning: See Bruthainne in Longships on the Sand.

Other Forms: Creag O’ Bhriundainn - MMcK, Seaside

Creag Bhruthainne - ONB p106, significance "Sultry Knoll."

Creag Briùndainn The Gaelic Otherworld by Ronald Black p.594

Creag a' Briundainn - TMcK

Creag O' Briundainn - Tommy MacKinnon, Vaul, 6/2013.

Related Places: See Mithealum nearby, where there was said to be church.

Information:The Gaelic Otherworld, ed Ronald Black, p555 and 595:
In the Hebrides the name St Brendan's eve for the Whitsunday term is entirely unknown. It is told of a Tiree man of the last generation that he was promised a croft by the then chamberlain of the island, who was a native of the mainland and said, "Your name will be put on the rent-roll on St Brendan's day." The Tiree man went home and consulted his godfather (goistidh) as to what day the factor meant. "I really don't know," said his godfather, "unless it be the day of judgement."

Niall M Brownlie has pointed out to me that this does not mean that St Brendan was unknown in Tiree, merely that his feast-day (16 May) had slipped out of traditional memory. MacKinnon tells the story (19992, no11) of how St Brendan, when walking in Tiree saw what is now Balephetrish Hill [in fact the rock is in Vaul - JH] and blessed it so that it became known as St Brendan's Rock... Niall tells me that the correct name is Creag Brinndein.
She suggests the feature was where a preacher stood - MMcK, Seaside.

A preacher preached there "in the days of the Covenanters" - DMcK.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Mary MacKinnon, Seaside, 11 and 12/1993

Informant 2: Dorothy MacKinnon, Vaul, 12/1993

Informant 3: OS; Tommy MacKinnon, Vaul, 6/2011