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BoughilMountainBuachaill Finnleithid A name in Irish (Ir. Buachaill Finnleithid [OSI], 'cowherd of Finlehid')KerryCounty, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Green sandstone & purple siltstone Bedrock
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The mountain is described in c. 1750 by the anonymous author of 'A History of Kerry' (Royal Irish Academy MS 24K43) as Sliavfionleahid, a spacious good mountain in the barony of Dunkieron but more remarkable for the report of having a cowboy or herd on it that never eats, drinks or sleeps, but still found standing, taking a view of the numerous flocks of cattle on said mountain. This is in truth but a stone standing of an end on a place from which there is a full prospect of the rest of said mountain, and att a distance seems to some going by, to be a man, as being much of that shape and size, and is called Buachaill Finnleithid, meaning the aforesaid herd (quoted in TH iv, 29, see also 31). Derreenfinlehid is a townland on the road from Moll’s Gap to Sneem. Kerry’s Buachaill has a number of Irish companions and at least two Scottish ones in Glen Coe, the well-known peaks Buachaille Etive Mòr and Buachaille Etive Beag.
Boughil is the 233rd highest summit in Ireland. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/227/