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English nameBrenchoille
Gaelic nameBreun-Choille
Meaningthe stinking wood

Location and type of place name

LocationArgyll
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Furnace
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townINVERARAY
Postcode areaPA32
Relevant main roadsA83
OS sheet number360
OS grid referenceNN028018
Type of namePlace ~ Àite

Elements

Element meaningG breun ~ stinking; coille ~ wood
Element typetopography

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland
Pronunciation

Further Information

Language notespreposed nom. sg. adj. breun, ‘stinking’ + nom. sg. coille, fem. ‘woodland’ = ‘The stinking wood’.
Sources
Brenchyllie 1546 Argyle Inventory (from OPS)
Brenchayl c. 1590 Pont map 15
Brankalyie 1634 RMS ix no. 132
Netherbraincalzie, Overbraincalzie 1687 Retours (Argyle) no. 92
Brainchoillies 1801 Langlands
Braincheillies 1820 Thomson
Breun Choille Mac an Tàilleir 2003
Breunchoille RM.
Additional infoConcerning the issue of the article, it would seem that some names with preposed breun have an article and some do not.
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