Brownie’s Chair

Brownie’s Chair SLO R NO207121 1 362 226m

    Broonies Chair 1775 Ainslie/Fife
    Brunos Chair 1828 SGF
    Brownies Chair 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn

Sc brounie + Sc chair

The brounie is a benevolent sprite or goblin (DOST), and the element appears in various forms in a number of Scottish place-names in combination with words like hill, knowe, wood, chair (there is another Brownie’s Chair on Cara by Gigha) and cave. Some probably reflect older folk traditions concerning landscapes inhabited by other-worldly personalities, while others may be quaint or whimsical modern coinings.

    OS Name Book (50, 29)[379] describes it as: ‘A small Cottage, one storey high, and thatched and situated on an elevated situation near the south end of Pitlour Wood and occupied by one of Mr Skene [of Pitlour]’s gamekeepers’. In a different hand further down the page, and across all the columns, the following note has been added: ‘This name is said by the people in the locality to arise from the circumstance of the trunk of a large tree which stood here at one time from the belief that it was a seat for the Brownies which is a kind of fairy’.

    James Wilkie notes traditions of a brounie associated with Strathmiglo Castle and Cash (1938, 25–6), but nothing in his account connects that brounie with the ‘chair’ in the northern part of the parish.

/ˈbrunɪz tʃer/, ususua with the definite article, /ðəˈbrunɪz tʃer/.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4