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English nameBrodick
Gaelic nameTràigh a' Chaisteil
Meaningshore of the castle

Location and type of place name

LocationArran, Firth of Clyde
Local authorityNorth Ayrshire ~ Siorrachd Àir a Tuath
Parish post 1891
County post 1891
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townBRODICK
Postcode areaKA27
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNS017359
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG tràigh ~ beach, shore; caisteal ~ caisteal
Element type

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Further Information

Language notes 
Breadhaig Dwelly
Breadhaig & Tra’ Chaisteil Robertson MS374 and MS391.
b31 vrotik Diack
Additional info"Until lately there was a hamlet at the head of the new street, now called Douglas Row, at Brodick, which the natives called Breadhaig. This was, doubtless, the original Brodick, and in olden times the head of the bay." Rev. Doctor Cameron, 1888, Arran Place-names, Transactions, xv, 124.

To the Gaelic speaking native Brodick in compliment to the Castle is nowadays known as Tràigh a’ Chaisteil the Shore of the Castle. Robertson MS390, p. 22

Doctor Cameron's quote, which is repeated elsewhere, including in Henderson 1910 is probably the origin of Dwelly's form. Diack's form appears to be a translaton of 'Brodick Bay'.

"Gaelic speakers nevertheless never used the Norse form, preferring their own version, Tràigh a’ Chaisteil, ‘the castle shore’, and this rendering continued in use as long as Arran Gaelic was spoken." Fraser, Place-names of Arran.
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