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Thread #143902 Message #3352568
Posted By: Jim McLean
18-May-12 - 03:46 PM
Thread Name: New website 150 stories of Scots songs
Subject: RE: New website 150 stories of Scots songs
Joe, I refer back to the Middle English derivation of Gelloch as noted in the Concise English Dictionary. I also refer you to the numerous printings of the word brecken in literature from the borders to Aberdeen. Robert Tannahill in his Gloomy Winter's noo awa says: .... feathery breckans fringe the rocks.
Francis Bannoch printed a poem in the Dumfries courier around 1840: ..on knock an' know, the whin and broom, an' on the braes the breckon ..
Herbert Maxwell's Studies in the Topography of Galloway gives: ..breckan, broad or lowland Scotch, especially the dialect of Galloway and Nithsdale. Bracken, English.
How much more evidence do you need that bracken was pronounced breckon throughout non Gaelic speaking Scotland?