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English nameBirnam
Gaelic nameBraonan

Location and type of place name

Local authorityPerth and Kinross ~ Peairt is Ceann Rois
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Perthshire ~ Siorrachd Pheairt
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
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Language notes 
Bior-annam, no Bior-shnaim sound. Bior’naim 1820 MacIntyre
it is Bior’n-aom, the sharp top of the said slope Proceedings of the Perth Gaelic Society 1884-85, p11 [some other names unreliable here]
Braonan Watson 2001 (1913), 128-9
Bhiornam [gen.], Coille Bhiornaim An Ròsarnach, iii. 25, 1921
Additional infoThe final -m seems intrusive and to be derived from Shakespeare. Hollingshead, from which Shakespeare derived his work, has forms as both Birnam and Birnan. Shakespeare seems to have taken the Birnam form only, which has standardised the name. The Gaelic forms ending in -m seem to be derived from the English form. Although Watson's Braonan form is not conclusive, this has been proposed given it is already on the sign rail sign.
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