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English nameBreich
Gaelic nameBrìch
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Location and type of place name

LocationWest Lothian
Local authorityWest Lothian ~ Lodainn an Iar
Parish post 1891West Calder
County post 1891West Lothian ~ Lodainn an Iar
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townEDINBURGH
Postcode areaEH55
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNS956606
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Sources
terre de Brech before 1199 Misc. Scot. Hist Soc. iv, chr. 4
terre de Brech 1203-14 N.B. Chrs., 9
terre de Brech 1228 N.B.Chrs., 7
Breich 1506 RSS i, no. 1275
terrarum de Brecht 1512 RMS ii, no. 3751
Breiche 1565 Commissariot Recs of Edinburgh i, 91
Breicht 1575 Commissariot Recs of Edinburgh i, 234
Breich 1578-9 Commissariot Recs of Edinburgh i, 234
Grange de Breiche 1588 RMS v, 1492
Grange de Breich 1591 RMS v, 1942
Breiche 1594 Commissariot Recs of Edinburgh i, 41
Breich 1644 Commissariot Recs of Edinburgh ii, 419
Breich 1647 Commissariot Recs of Edinburgh ii, 419
Breich 1653 Commissariot Recs of Edinburgh ii, 340
Breigh 1661 Commissariot Recs of Edinburgh ii, 175
terris de Grainge de Breich in parochial de Calder 1666 Retours (Edinburgh) 1139
terrarum de Grange de Breich 1690 Retours (Edinburgh) 1317
terris de Grange de Breich, terrarum de Grange de Breich 1690 Retours (Edinburgh) 1318
It is possible… [it] stands for bruaich as genitive or dative.: Watson 1926, 146
Additional infoThe derivation of this name is not clear, nor is the language from which it derives. Watson, followed by MacDonald, 77 favoured a Gaelic derivation. BLITON suggests a derivation of British *brïch, Welsh brych. It is also implied that Breich Water is the primary name and the settlement secondary. See also Ballinbreich (Taylor & Márkus, iv, 384) which shows the oblique development of G bruach (this time genitive bruaich) into –breich.

If the Gaelic proposal is followed this would be Bruaich, if the British then perhaps Brìch as a phonological adaption of the modern form. The P-Celtic solution fits the old forms better.
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