bawn n also bon [phonetics unavailable]. EDD ~ sb 4 Ir; JOYCE
214; DINNEEN badhún for sense 1.
1 Grassy land or
meadow near a house or settlement.
1897 J A Folklore x, 203
Bawn ... particularly where the Irish have prevailed, is the common name for the land
about the house. P 113-55 Setting spuds on the bawn (flat expanse of freshly-turned
sods). 1968 DILLON 131 'We have to break up some bawn tomorrow.' 'When cattle are dry,
they're out on the bawn in the spring o' the year.' M 69-29 About half-way between my
house and the theatre there was a big grassy bonne (meadow) and this was a favourite
place for courters to go. C 71-24 [In Calvert] a baun was an enclosed pasture which was
used for the grazing of sheep. In Carbonear [it] meant ground that hadn't been ploughed
before. C 75-136 ~ a plot of grass land where children play and where fishermen spread
their trap when they take it up to dry or mend.
of rocks on which salted cod are spread for the quick-drying process of the Labrador and
Bank fisheries; BEACH. Cp FLAKE.
1895 GRENFELL 66 Newfoundlanders
spread [cod] on poles called 'flakes,' or on the natural rocks, called 'bournes.' [1900
OLIVER & BURKE] 34 "Fanny's Harbor Bawn": Which caused this dreadful contest on
[Fanny's] Harbor Bawn... / So pray begone, all from the Bawn, or I'll boot you in your
bloom. 1936 SMITH 17 [The fish] would then lie in the waterhorse for twenty-four hours.
It was then brought out on the bawn and spread 'heads and tails.' 1937 Seafisheries of
Nfld 47 When the fish is dried by natural means, it is placed upon flakes, beaches,
rocks and bawns (i.e. artificial beaches), where the sun and wind are permitted to
perform the task of extracting the moisture. 1955 DOYLE (ed) 78 ... " 'Twas Getting Late
Up in September": To spread fish on the bawn makin' wages / We went there without much
sleep. T 393-67 This is where they'd make their fishon all those small rocks about
the size o' your fist. They used to call it the bawn. M 71-117 Finally the fish would be
taken in hand-barrows to the bawnssomething like flakes except that the boughs were
laid on the rocksand spread to dry. 1977 Inuit Land Use 218-19 First, the
cod were washed to remove the salt, then they were placed on small flat stones called
bons to dry. The bons were loosely separated to permit air to circulate around the
3 Phr make bawn: to prepare beach for drying
salted cod by making a flat expanse of rocks.
C 70-10 Sometimes
the fishermen would fill in the crevices with beach rocks, and this would be called
making bawn. My grandfather said that he has made bawn down in Labrador while fishing
there in the summer-time.