Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BRUNIE, BRUNNIE, Broonie, Brönie, n. A scone or bannock baked of beremeal (Ork. 1929 Marw., broonie), or of oatmeal (Sh.5 1932). [′brøni Sh.; ′bruni Ork.; ′brønjo (n.Ronaldshay), ′bruno (Westray) (Marw.)]
Sh. 1888 Edmonston and Saxby Home of a Naturalist 99:
A brünie is merely a thick cake, which may be made of either flour or oatmeal, and may be rendered “short” by the use of fat. Sh.(D) 1899 J. Spence Sh. Folk-Lore 216:
Everyene bigs the coal best aboot his ain brönie.
Combs.: (1) mellens-brunnie, see Mellens; (2) Yule-brunie (see quot.).
(2) Sh. 1932 J. M. E. Saxby Sh. Trad. Lore 170:
Yule-brunies were composed of rye-meal and a fat of some sort. They were formed round, and the edges pinched to represent the sun rays.
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