Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BRIN, n.1 “A brook or rivulet, one in Unst called “Yellia Brin” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.).

Hence brinny water, brinna water, “the water that is poured on ‘sowans' — to keep it fresh; of course this was clean drinking water” (Ork. 1929 Marw.). Cf. use of burn water in ne.Sc. in brewing, see Burn, n., 2.

[O.N. brunnr, a spring, a well (cf. Ger. brunnen, idem), through a mutated form seen in brynna, to water (cattle).]

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"Brin n.1". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 13 Dec 2017 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/brin_n1>

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